Podcast 37: Design process

Paul Boag

This week on boagworld.com, Paul and Marcus look at designing for content management systems, how to develop a design from scratch and a great introduction to standards based development.

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Paul’s approach to design

In response to a question from Liz, Paul discusses the way he approaches producing a new design. From establishing initial page elements through to early sketches, Photoshop mock-ups and final HTML build, Paul works through his entire process.

Paul and Marcus also discuss an excellent post where another web designer lays out his process through a series of screen grabs.

Techno-buster: The importance of testing

Following a suggestion by Rosie, Paul and Marcus talk about the importance of testing and how it is an area that is often overlooked, to the detriment of many web projects. They discuss who should test, what should be tested and the different levels of support afforded to different browsers.

Designing for content management systems

This week’s main topic is about designing for a content management system and the unique challenges this holds. The conversation largely revolves around the issues covered in Paul’s previous post on the subject.

Read, Design for your CMS

We resource review

This week’s recommended site is “A beginners guide to CSS and standards“.  This excellent step-by-step tutorial is a superb introduction into building websites the right way. For too long there has been no  clear introduction into web standards and this certainly fills in the gap nicely. Not as good or comprehensive as Ian Lloyds book on the subject. It is nevertheless an excellent start.