Does web design needs positive discrimination?

As part of our season of podcast episodes on debates within the web design community, we want to look at the subject of discrimination.

Before I introduce this topic, I want to be clear. I will not tolerate any abusive comments and I expect a mature level of debate. If I read anything that I deem offensive in anyway or any mention is made of specific individuals, I will ban you permanently from posting to Boagworld.

Sorry to sound so scary, but the topic I want us to discuss this week is one that can cause a lot of immature and impulsive posting. That is something we need to avoid.

I thought long and hard about whether to even cover this topic. However, I believe it is an important one and something worthy of discussion. I also like to believe the best in people and I think we are capable of having a mature discussion. With that in mind here is the topic for the day:

This house proposes that the web design community needs to introduce positive discrimination to counteract the imbalance in the number of women within the sector.

So what I want from you is your thoughts. Is there still a problem of gender inequality within web design? Is positive discrimination in the choice of speakers at conferences or even hiring the right solution? Are there other things that we should be doing to address this issue? Let me know in the comments below.

Post your comments

  • 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.