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This morning I had a little discussion with Mallory and Flurin Egger about working with people who are not as good as you are, and in particular, about working with designers and clients who care about unimportant stuff. Mallory gave some examples like
the designer takes a screenshot of the web page, measures text with straight ‘shop lines, requests fixes and
I think the designers I’ve worked for felt they were doing the top of their jobs when measuring px/color perfection. She gave some examples of terrible advice given by the best SEO guy in The Netherlands too. I always thought things were getting better, but it appears that’s not the case everywhere yet.
Mallory suggested that we should edumacate our clients and the designers we work with. Which is actually something I’ve been trying to do for a while. One of the things I do is sending them articles that explain a certain problem or solution very well. The idea is that they might read some of these articles, and slowly understand the issues we have with the some of the solutions they propose. This is the very reason why I started writing the Daily Nerd: by adding a little comment to a blog post I tried to explain why an article could be of interest.
But what articles should we send? Of course we should send them new articles that talk about the issues at hand, but I think there are some definite classics that everybody who works on the web should know. Articles like A Dao of Web Design, Web Design is 95% Typography and Responsive Web Design. So I asked for these articles on Twitter, and there were just two replies. Johan Ronsse replied with his three classics. The tweet was probably not clear enough, or it simply drowned in the river of news. So I’ll ask again in blog format:
What are the classic articles that every web professional should know by heart?
I’ll try to keep comments open on this blog post but you can also send them to me on Twitter.