No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder – John Ruskin
I can be nothing but happy that a trend in the web industry is becoming clear, and that’s an increasing blending of design and development. Historically, there has been a dichotomous obsession with designers versus developers, front-end versus back-end, web hackers versus programmers ad nauseum. It finally seems that we are moving inexorably towards adopting the model of the building architect and I increasingly see conference talks and posts in realisation of the fact that, to do our jobs well, we all need to be as creative as we are logical and as functionally oriented as we are visual.
When I first started life as a web developer, a designer would deliver a design to me in a psd, or worse in a html page, with spacer gifs, tables and graphics freshly sliced up to build a site with. There was often conflict where developers would push designs back because they couldn’t be implemented and designers would bemoan their visually illiterate development team for their lack of flare.