What does a designer need to know?

September 5th, 2011

Lately there has been a fair amount of discussion as to what skills/knowledge a designer needs to know. Should a designer know HTML and CSS? Can you make a fantastic design without knowledge of the material that will be used to create the finished article?

For the most part, I’m not too bothered. Design and development are very different skills and I fully understand that you can be good at one without being good at the other. But there is one area where that doesn’t work.

Fonts.

Fonts have licensing and performance issues around them. Get it wrong and your site not only looks awful, but performs slowly and could cost you a fortune in lawsuits.

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