Seeking a web designer
14 Jul 2008 edit
When I wrote about a 37signals post about the pitfalls of using Photoshop for web design, I didn't know that just a couple of weeks later I'd be helping DailyStrength write a job posting for a senior web designer a few weeks later. I thought a lot about what they'd written, and the skills I'd want the person who would be working so closely with me to have.
We are a health-based social networking site, with users who are largely social networking novices; we are seeking a designer who can help us develop a consistent visual language for the site that will be easy for these users to understand, while at the same time not limiting our power users. This job entails helping us envision and develop new features, as well as refining the current site.
We've spent the past several weeks developing a framework for our site that will truly separate content and business logic from our presentation, leaving me largely free from mucking around in PHP sprinkled with HTML. Further, we've spent a lot of time thinking about the core pieces that make up our site, and figuring out how to, say, filter, search and present lists of elements -- any elements -- using largely the same base code, markup and CSS. I'm excited to soon be working with a designer who can embrace that framework and work on further standardizing the site -- a task that, til now, has been made difficult by how intertwined our markup was with our code.
If you're interested, pop over to the 37signals job board and check out the rest of the posting.