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The peace bridge: Tools and practices to help designers and developers work together

Part II. Communication

The mutual goal that website designers and website developers share is to create compelling, informative, and well–structured websites. It requires a close working relationship. As with much in life, this relationship relies on effective communication. If a website suffers from design or programming problems, your end user will not be a user at all, they’ll be gone. So, what are the best strategies for achieving effective communication between designers and developers?

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Website fonts that go beyond the basics

Every now and then designers and/or developers run into the problem of designing a website or application that includes non-web fonts because not all fonts are installed on all end-user computers or other devices. Therefore, one often settles for one of the 11 less-appealing core web-fonts, which include Andale Mono, Arial, Arial Black, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana, and Webdings. These are the standard fonts used by all devices. It’s been the only way to ensure that all website visitors will see exactly what the designer intended. The only alternative is to render your type as graphics, which is impractical. What follows are some solutions for using the exact font your design requires, or at least a font reasonably close.

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The peace bridge: Tools and practices to help designers and developers work together

Part I. Tools

Depending on their specific roles, designers and developers often have different and sometimes polarizing viewpoints. The differences—or gap—in the way each group thinks and works can sometimes lead to problems either in limiting a designer’s creative form—“you can’t do that”—or driving a developer insane while creating the functions—“who designed this!?” These differences also account for designers’ and developers’ infamous reputation for not getting along (except at PRI of course!). The primary reasons for this often originates from ineffective communication and not fully understanding what the other does, or how they do it.

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Landline . . . what’s that?

A lot has changed since Motorola released the DynaTAC 8000x, the first cell phone in the 1980’s that sold for $3,500! The subsequent tech explosion revolutionized the phone lines we use to say “Hello.” The reliance on conventional landline telephones has been challenged by mobile phones and Voice over Internet Protocol, more commonly known as VoIP. These new technologies add features and conveniences that in many ways appear to make landline telephones, well . . . obsolete. The question some are facing is whether or not they feel comfortable dropping their landlines, and communicating exclusively by cell or Internet.

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