Posting Date: May 19, 2003
We all have human frailties -- "In an environment of imminent deadlines, financial pressures and creative flair, the focus naturally seems to fall on the technology or the product's functionality, rather than how humans will use it. Some projects don't even have a designer and the most junior programmer ends up flinging an interface together in a couple of hours." (Comments: Thanks Gabriel White.)
That's indeed the case here where I work. Our corporation (www.mediagrif.com) creates and operates online business networks. We have guys we call "designers" (two guys with a background in graphics design and fine arts) whose jobs are simply to draw "purdy pitchers". Here, it's developers who do the actual designing... if you can even call it that. Web design, in the true sense of the job title, isn't taken very seriously here.
back to the old soviet model: the system is perfect, now if we can just get rid of the people.