We face a challenge: to ensure our design responses are informed more by our thinking than the tools we use. Absorbed by day-to-day execution, we can forget the importance of mistakes and accidents — of balancing intent with experimentation. Failure is valuable, provided we're mindful of why. Embrace the unpredictable nature of everything, and stay mindful. It's how we lace our actions with meaning.
Robbie is a designer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he creates interfaces at FreeAgent. Having started out as a one-man band before moving to a digital agency and now designing for a single application, he’s drank from the fiery chalice on both sides of the client/product divide. He takes care of the details, because he's a good man, and thorough.
by Trent Walton
What value lies in pushing the web to the limits by looking beyond current convention and complete browser compatibility? By getting our hands dirty with things like web fonts, responsive web design, and experimental CSS properties we shape the current and future web. It's time to embrace its ever-changing nature, and, in the spirit of fearless ingenuity, break the web. We learn what works best by first trying everything that doesn't work at all.
Trent Walton is founder and 1/3 of Paravel, a custom web design and development shop based out of the Texas Hill Country whose wife has put him on a font allowance. In his spare time, he writes about what he learns at his blog, and is co-creator of and contributor to TheManyFacesOf.
19th January 2012