Does web design need accreditation?

As part of our upcoming podcast series on debate topics, we ask whether web design needs an accreditation body?

Yes I know I am not supposed to be blogging, but I wanted to put a few more debate topics out there ready for the next season of the podcast.

This topic has been kicking around for years and many of those new to the sector are amazed something like this doesn’t already exist. The topic is…

This house proposes that the web design sector should have a professional standards body, and that web designers should have the option of becoming accredited.

So what do you think? Do we need an accreditation body? Should web designers be accredited? Is it even feasible? What would a web designer have to do to be accredited? Who would set the standards? If we continue without accreditation does it open the door for even more unethical behaviour? Let us know in the comments.

Share your opinion

  • richarddale

    I definitely think mobile sites have their place. Many of the sites I built prior to RWD, static sites that view great on desktop and tablet. Its only when you get down to smart phone size that things start to break down. For many of these sites a mobile specific site would probably work better than a RWD site where I could be more focused and target the medium specifically.

    I did a RWD e-commerce website recently and although the end results were good, trying to get the shopping basket working and looking correct whilst being responsive was a nightmare and I couldn’t help but think that a mobile specific site would have been a better solution. When I browse the web using my iPad Air I never visit a fix width website and think this is a poor user experience why don’t they have a RWD site. I ony ever think this when on my iPhone.

  • sanedevil

    I am not a web designer, but have a team that is building one for me. So in trad way, I have to have a “web designer” design the site in Photoshop which is then handed to “web developer” to generate code.

    You can imagine there are several problems w this – time, costs, rework, code doesn’t do what the design shows etc.

    I hit upon your blog while thinking if there are tools that would eliminate the design-to-code step

    I very much agree w the house and would love to know the process and tools to help achieve this.

  • David R

    The simple answer is yes, a website must be responsive and also Google is focusing more on responsive websites, a static design
    web development firm still works OK in most cases when you have separate mobile friendly website.