Archive for May, 2007

What Are Wii Doing?

After reading about the latest trends in web design commerce, I got a sickening feeling. I am referring to two fellow designers, engaged by a client to do some design/development work in return for a Nintendo Wii. First, let me preface all of this by letting it be known this is not a personal indictment of Jesse or Drew at all. On the contrary, I don’t know either of them personally; I’m a huge fan of Jesse’s work and what he’s done for the community.
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Why You Should Care About Markup

Sometimes when I’m in hurry I’ll write a quick note on my hand instead of on a notepad. I’ve also been known to be too impatient to go hunt down a pair of scissors to open a package from Amazon.com, so I’ll use my a car key instead. Such shortcuts work just fine when you’re in a pinch. But if you are performing an important or very repetitive task, using the right tool is much easier and more efficient. Similar scenarios are played out in the web development world all the time, which is not the place for taking shortcuts or misusing your tools.

What we’re talking about here is semantics.
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What is Good Design?

Someone asked me the other day what the difference was between my work (or someone like me) and a high school student that is dabbling in web design. Questions like this frustrate me at first, but upon further thought I welcome them as an opportunity to educate people about what I do. As I thought about the answer, the first thing I thought of was “the ability to avoid cheesy design”.
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Nobody Wants a $500 Website

Working with a customer to estimate a project – from building a house to writing a book – is almost never a Disneyland experience. Estimating a website project usually falls into that category as well. One main reason is the presence of three interdependent factors that influence the outcome of the project: time, quality and cost.

Good. Fast. Cheap. Pick two, you can never have all three.

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Greetings and Introductions

Welcome to The Acorn, the blog section of Oaktree Creative, the freelance design studio of Chuck Mallott. That’s me. Welcome to my new site. You may or may not be familiar with my old site, Teleraña. The old site is now off-line due to a business decision by the hosting company to discontinue free hosted sites. Which is just as well anyway, since the creation and launch of Oaktree Creative has been long in the making.
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