Web Designer As The Artist, Scientist And Philosopher

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Web professionals have to be both flexible and creative to meet the needs of each client — and these characteristics often transcend the design and development process. Each of us has a unique approach to our work. The particular mindset and methods by which each of us turns a mental image into a delightful and usable website is worthy of investigation.

In this article, we’ll discuss three approaches taken by many Web designers and developers. While a creative individual usually falls into more than one of the three categories, each of us is still likely more heavily weighted towards one. These approaches might help determine what paths someone is best suited for and might shed light on how they achieve their goals. So, without further ado, we introduce you to the artist, the scientist and the philosopher.

The Artist

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Sitting in a studio apartment, engrossed in Adobe Photoshop, ruminating on the powers of shape and color, is a person like no other. The artist is a creature of great creative power, who sees beauty in their surroundings and attempts to reflect it in their work while meeting the requirements of their clients. The artist might not be inclined to write the next Google killer, but everything they produce is inspired by their care and keen eye.

Definition: Artists are best defined as those who are more interested in the presentation itself than in the mechanics of the mode of presentation. Graphic artists, Web designers, content writers and podcasters often fall into this category.

Passion and the need to create are the hallmarks of the artist. Her wish is to satisfy her love of the visual elements of the Web industry. She relishes showcasing her skills and stays at the forefront of exploration in the field of design. Her imagination is matched only by that of children and children-at-heart.

Living in a fantastical world of beauty — which can actually breed sensible design — is not the only characteristic of the artist. Visitors are drawn to her work and feel an emotional connection to it. The artist also acts as a muse for other designers.

With a range of tools, the artist conveys emotion in a beautiful and professional design. Here are some examples:

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Single-page animated websites powered entirely by Flash are common.

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Typography that goes beyond Web-safe conventions can enhance artistic value.

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Clean, visually appealing designs that attract many eyes.

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Minimalism and a focus on content demonstrate a keen use of space.

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jQuery animations and colorful focal points increase visual interest.

The Scientist

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A cup of something caffeinated and some snacks lie on the desk. It’s the middle of the night, and a man is furiously typing away at his computer, producing line upon line of code to meet an looming deadline for “the next big social network.”

The scientist is a creature of habit, working longer hours than other colleagues. He has the stamina to render thousands of lines of PHP in an engaging, thought-provoking and memorable project filled with complexities and structured progress.

Web developers — their term — are well known for late nights and working at ungodly hours. They can produce code at the drop of a hat. While these habits may seem rather unhealthy, the scientist’s willingness to solve complex problems, his enviable powers of memory and his ability to solve problems logically make him a different but still inspiring creature in the technological world and workplace.

Definition: Scientists are best defined as those with an interest in code. Making things work and creating structure tend to be their top priorities. Think of programmers, developers, database workers and their kin.

Pictures of a coding monkey might come to mind, but remember that writing code is just as involved and requires as much creativity (though perhaps of a different sort) as the work of the artist and philosopher. It’s also just as much of a gift. To give you an idea of the inner beauty of the scientist’s work and of how this driven mindset can be a powerful asset, see the examples below.

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Following specifications shows the scientist’s commitment to presenting code properly.

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Server-side scripts process forms silently and in the background.

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Innovation and careful planning lead to elegant and complex search mechanisms.

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Keeping things simple increases speed and minimizes redundant code.

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Frameworks and microformats facilitate well-maintained, elegant, optimized code.

The Philosopher

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Our friend the philosopher sits on a train. He is on his way to meet a company. His laptop is open, and he is reading the business plan — or so it seems. Underneath, the wheels are turning; he is dreaming up a revolutionary way to help the business evolve. The philosopher, a unique breed, incorporates the skills of the artist and scientist while bringing to the table his keen insight into trends and target audiences. He is engaging and friendly, and he shows empathy, that rare and valuable gift.

Definition: Philosophers are consultants, officially and unofficially. They are masterful advocates and are able to coordinate and empathize with both artists and scientists. Think of accessibility and usability gurus, UX and IA advisors, SEO planners and information architects.

Those who design and build websites tend to receive the most credit in our industry. The philosopher knows that if he does his job well, he is invisible. His work should integrate seamlessly with the work of his colleagues. He is the person who performs UX and usability tests, audits websites and advocates for the end user.

The skills of such a person might seem questionable, but their understanding of the end user’s needs and their ability to help execute the team’s vision for the Web are attributes worthy of distinction. The philosopher is calmly neutral and can sense what is best for everyone involved.

Below are a few examples of contributions made by philosophers to the evolution of the Web.

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Techi highlights that a well-structured navigation menu is paramount.

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Jakob Nielsen is a famous master of usable Web design.

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Philosophers put a great deal of thought into simplifying information requests.

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Accessibility gurus consider the potential of mobile and handheld devices.

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Looking for errors and potential improvement is all part of the job.

Which Are You?

The world is full of job titles that are meant to define people’s roles and usefulness. While a title can delineate a person’s skill set, it doesn’t come close to explaining how each professional sees themselves or what they mean to a community. A question inevitably left unanswered is: what makes an individual’s style and approach unique?

Bridge the Gap

Under the right circumstances, each of us gets to be all three: artist, scientist and philosopher. Being a Web professional often requires an equal measure of skills related to art and design, development and theory. Still, the way we conduct ourselves and perform our duties hints at our true “inner being.”

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You’ve met these three equally gifted professionals (in this article and probably in real life), but keep in mind that distinguishing between these three types is simply an exercise in professional development. None are in any way better than the others; this field has a genuine need for all three. It goes without saying that approaching tasks in different ways helps us to be innovative. If you’re just entering the industry, perhaps a little self-analysis will help you find your niche.

We are all a bit of everything. Most of us can draw; even if we’re limited to stick figures and finger paintings, we all have an artistic outlet when we need it. We can all think logically, even if we don’t always show it; and our ability to work and code within parameters is helped along with HTML and CSS. We are all social beings, able to interact and understand one another, and we all have personal tastes. Everyone also has bad habits and prejudices. Stay open-minded and accept that “it takes all kinds”; a variety of skills and personalities makes the workplace vibrant.

We possess the knowledge and skills required to undertake the work our clients pay for, and acknowledging these three approaches can aid us in our work. In doing so, we might feel driven to learn new skills or find ourselves better able to understand and cooperate with our colleagues, and we might gain enough insight to take a step back from a project to get a fuller view of our goals.

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Be proud of your unique approach (if it’s working), whether you’re an artist, a scientist or a philosopher. We are, each of us, unique, and we are more than the sum of our qualifications.

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Alexander is a freelance web designer, author and recreational software developer specializing in web standards, accessibility and UX design. As well as running a business (HiTechy) and writing, he spends time in Twitter, SitePoint's forums and other places, helping those in need.

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    I’m seriously lacking in the ‘Artist’ section of my brain… I have lovely ideas but really struggle to put them into visual or physical objects. When I try they always seem to end up looking like crap.

    I guess I’m more the scientific/philosophical type, which is annoying because I’m actually really creative haha.

    Any ideas what I can do to improve the transition from idea to physicality of artistic.ness?

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      Practice ;)

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      I have the same problem, trying to make my creativity and ideas a reality, can be insanely difficult. I’m going to start drawing something everyday, to increase my ability of visualizing ideas. I hope it helps.

      I believe I’m a Programming Designer (Or Scientific Artist). I’m a good coder, I can realize ideas with code, but I’m always looking for the visual aspect of web-development. Craving for more, but with my lack of visual realization I keep returning to code.

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      Through my education in Architecture, one of the recurring themes was to just emulate what you see that looks good, or works – after a while, the “copying” process becomes second nature and you’ll naturally be able to draw from that foundation and expand upon it. Since every design problem is unique, you’ll eventually end up at a new concept altogether. It made sense at the time, and although it likely won’t apply to all cases, it helps overcome artists block and a fear of a blank page.

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      Elf M. Sternberg

      July 9, 2010 12:58 pm

      Agreed; I am very much the scientist type. People keep hiring me to be an artist and, while I can do it, I’m very slow at it. On the other hand, if you need your Django or Rails back end to go uber-fast, I can recommend a Varnish or NGinX infrastructure that meets your needs. If you need your images to scale, disappear entirely, or move around on the DOM and obey different CSS rules depending upon the monitor size, I can drop in a jQuery plug-in and make it go.

      I really need to draw more.

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        You’re a scientist who uses a bunch of pre-made stuff? That’s the coder equivalent to being a script kiddie, son.

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      many people lacks the IDEA!
      you have the most important piece!
      all you have to do is to START!
      -DESIGN…
      -CODE..
      -ASK FOR OPINIONS!!
      -SEE MORE GOOD WORKS!

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      @Joel, if you program and do it well you are as much of an artist as someone who draws well. Programming a computer is essentially solving problems ( which is a very creative process) with code. One clue indicating the creativity of programmers is the number of correct solutions to the same problem. We always think that because programming relates to math and logic it is therefore rigid with one correct outcome, but we think that because of a misunderstanding of how math and logic work.

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      Same case here. If you find any solution let me know.

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      @Joel
      Same case here. So if you find any solutions please let me know. :)

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      you have no craft dude. that’s ur problem

      i was the same. i dream a lot & have always remembered them. plus i’ve always had a pretty vivid imagination. but trying to get my ‘dreams’ onto paper, or into an image? it was a non-starter

      basically u’ve got to learn art. & in 2 ways i think
      a) u can learn to draw + learn to paint + learn a 3D package (like maya or max. VERY useful) + learn perspective + learn human anatomy. this is the hard way. it takes years (its taken me years anyway) but it gives lots of creative power

      b) you can accumulate tricks. eg: learn one nice text effect, learn another 3D modelling trick, learn a simple style of painting/coloring. this has more immediate benefits but u’ll never be capable of creating great art this way (i don’t think anyway, though i could be wrong)

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    what exactly is so usable about jacob nielsen’s own website? a crappy layout and typography, nearly impossible to read and free of clarity. Jacob nielsen is a perfect example of a self proclaimed prophet who’s able to sell bullshit by being loud. Be loud and people will follow you no matter what…

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      Wow! You are right! Somebody helps him! Internet website at the Middle Age!
      Is this a philosopher’s website? Shame…

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      I thought I was the only one didn’t see this guy for the hero people make him out to be, yes, he makes very valid points, and but if your website is as basic as his – its hard not to be usable, its just so far detached from the real world its pointless.

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      nah – it’s like dentists having bad teeth, dermatologists with crusty hands and optometrists that need corrective eyewear. :)

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        Alexander Dawson

        July 9, 2010 8:59 am

        We all know Jacob Nielsen is over-zealous when it comes to his site and that can have counter-productive effects, so everyone’s points are valid. I highlighted him more specifically for the inspiration for others he (as a person) provides to care about usability (such as through his books) than for specific examples where he’s gone slightly off the rails – which in fairness his site does seem to do!

        Perhaps it’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do” (in this instance).

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    Seems like I am a scientist with bits of both the other definition.
    Nice read.

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    Articles like this fuel the egotism which is rampant in our industry. Please stop.

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      So true!

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      Anon
      If I weren’t so great, I’d give your comment more than a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, I’m far too amazing to pay attention to you OR this article. Perhaps it is your microscopic talent and ego that causes you to rail against others greatness. If you were great like us, you’d proclaim it from the rooftops as we do. Move on gnat, comment on lesser articles.

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    Alexander Dawson

    July 9, 2010 3:05 am

    On a personal level, I believe myself to be a philosopher rather than an artist or scientist. While I have the ability to produce code and a design, my love for the web is in the more theoretical elements of our world like user-experience and accessibility. I pretty much spend large clusters of time thinking about the unseen forces that affect how people experience what we produce… which probably makes me seem more like some kind of wizard in preference to one of the many fine “eye candy” wielding artists or caffeine powered code producers we have gracing the web!

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      The problem with your categories is that most people in the usability field do not see themselves as philosophers, but rather scientists. All those contributions made by Jacob Nielson ( and equally importantly by his business partner Dr. Donald Norman) are usually considered from the standpoint of studies and research. They aren’t the results of introspection and plain reasoning, but by observing actual human behavior and even cognitive psychology.

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    Chris Lorensson

    July 9, 2010 4:28 am

    Nice write-up Alexander.

    The older I get, though, the more I’m in the exact centre of those 3 circles! Started as a graphic designer, then learned code, now full-time Interaction Designer.

    I haven’t met many people who are proficient in all 3 areas, but I like it that way. In some ways, I have found it difficult being all 3, but I suppose it’s (theoretically) good for freelancing!

    @Anon: Egotism IS rampant in our industry, but how exactly does Alex’s article fuel it? Our ego-driven friends need to take responsibility for their own issues – punishing everyone by NOT writing good articles is not the way forward.

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    I think lumping coding and writing together under ‘The Artist’ is a mistake. They are completely different categories with different purposes on the web. Not to mention the differences in tools, skills, workflow etc.

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    Brandon Hunter

    July 9, 2010 4:41 am

    What an awesome way to break down the types of web designers. As the web and society-at-large are evolving at such a rapid pace, it is such a joy to see my profession keeping me on my toes. What would the broken areas of a web designer be in 15 years?

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    Really liked the examples used in here to demonstrate the types of web designers. Nice write up Alexander. Keep them coming.

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    Actually I think that J Nielsens website is far from usable nowadays (but I like the breadcrumb). It’s just two columns with lists. Yes, it’s straight forward, but it’s not that usable and appealing.

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    what an awesome description! thanks. i have my own simple definition of a webdesigner: “a web designer is an artist, coder, and sleepwalker”.

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    flipscyde industries

    July 9, 2010 6:32 am

    @ Anon & Myxomato – I wholeheartedly agree… It’s refreshing to see people speaking out against a growing monster within our industry. It seems these days it’s more important to be validated by peers and land your project in a CSS gallery, than it is to satisfy the clients which provide us our livelihoods. Cheers…

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      Yes! You suggest some problems with the way we define success our field. The respect of your peers? Design awards? Satisfied clients? All of these encourage a detachment from tangible outcomes. We all know testing and traffic analysis are better ways to measure design effectiveness. The real question is why such methods are discussed more often than used? I suspect it is because so many design projects are conceived and funded as one shot efforts. You need to create multiple iterations to truly benefit from testing and analytics. In the absence of relevant and specific data, we will take comfort from gurus, “best practices” (ugh!), and the esteem of our peers.

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    Really liked this article – keep them coming :-)

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      No, please don’t. This article was worthless in comparison to some of the content that SM has had in the past.

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    Excellent article! I always enjoy learning about others personalities. Than exploiting their strengths to the benefit of a product or project.

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    Interesting – and offensive, actually – that you use female pronouns for the “artist” but the “scientist” and the “philosopher” are both male.

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      use he for all.

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        “… who’s level of professionalism could equal any mans”. Could? Equal? What about exceeding? I think you just made her point for her.

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          Alexander Dawson

          July 10, 2010 12:01 pm

          @Vik: Have we become so politically correct (or charged) in the industry that insecurities require us to imply discrimination where it wasn’t intended? Of course women can exceed beyond a man, but I wouldn’t like to fall into the trap of positive discrimination where it’s being implied that gender requires special affirmation to avoid assumed stereotyping.

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          • 39

            Great blog! I truly love how it’s easy on my eyes and also the information are well wettirn. I am wondering how I can be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which should do the trick! Have a nice day!

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          I want to learn it!

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      Alexander Dawson

      July 9, 2010 8:47 am

      @Tricia: I find it interesting that you took offence to my examples. I know (and can say for the record) that a great number of excellent female scientists and philosophers exist (as well as artists) who’s level of professionalism could equal any mans. However the examples used were based on people I know who’s methodology led them to be highlighted as such, thus it simply worked out that the pronoun usage fell that way. Sorry if you felt it was aimed in any way to push women into gender stereotypes but that was neither the intention nor should anyone consider it to denote such a thing as I am firmly in favour of gender neutral roles (in preference to male dominated professions).

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      I know!

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    Awesome article!

    I strongly think a web designer should be a great business person. If the design doesn’t converge viewers into customers, it’s probably too artsy, scientific, or philosophical :)

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    Please!!! Can’t we just get over ourselves?

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    You forgot Web Designer, The Bullshit Artist:

    Sitting on a small island in the Atlantic, this “breed” spews forth an endless supply of worthless articles to pad his once impressive blog. He’ll toil away at fluff topics like `Types of Web Designers`, the `State of Web Design in [some third world country]`, and `Inspiration from [some bullshit with no bearing on your business]`. This type of Web Designer is an important source to clog your RSS feed with worthless tripe, and to strengthen your mouse wheel finger.

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    i think i am an artist and a scientist – i really want to get a bit of knowledge on the philosophers side

    I think being the artist (for me) takes a lot of inspiration, a lot of time in photoshop trying and retrying
    where as with coder, once you learn the css/php, a lot of times is a case of how fast you can type.

    personally I think the philosophers (in this context) are the coolest as once they make a name (like nelson) everyone listens

    nice article

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      You are joking about the coding part right? If you’re a copy and paste coder yes, but if your a real coder, it’s rarely a matter of how fast can I type this code out…

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      Coding is not as simple as you see. It’s ok to say that there are many frameworks which help developers (scientists) to increase the speed of their workflows, but coding is an activity that requires a lot of time and effort to make a script clean, extensible and well documented. You may think that the scientist part is not so hard but that depends on how well do you want to make things. If you want just to make it work, the development process requires just a few lines of code and visitors won’t notice that, but if you’re creating a web application and you’re planing to extend it in the future, it’s always a good idea to follow good coding practices as well as design patterns to achieve loose coupling between differents snippets of code and make them more reusable and cleaner.

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    Even though there are some dissenters here, I like the angle for this. You’re framing the experience of design-for-hire in a way that’s new. Not just “here’s your design, where’s my cash.” There are definitely quite a number of ways people approach the same kind of project, and it’s neat to see how you’ve analyzed a few of them. The examples really illustrate it, too. I get it.

    I kinda agree with @Tricia a bit about the male pronoun dominating here–stuck out a bit during my reading as well. Not that you have to overthink it, but being aware is a start, and I’m sure you got her point :)

    Thanks for the post!
    @dipikakohli

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    And I thought I was strange because in my company (OwlStudios.eu) I see myself in all three. I have to constantly fight between my passion in web development, user interface and web design. I want to spend all my hours programming in Python, Javascript and more … but I have to devote to web graphics.

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    what about the graphic designers types?!

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    Excellent article!

    40% artist, 40% scientist and 20% philosopher.. thats me! I need to get better as an artist though..

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      Ayush, if you say ‘I need to get better as an artist’, then you’re totally an artist. We artists are always saying that about ourselves :-)

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    This is why it’s great to have a design partner!

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    Great article. As an artist or designer for the Internet I have often had to bridge the gap between all the disciplines you listed. The Internet gives all three types of people the opportunity to create amazing pieces of work. Innovation creates forward thinking and inspires future generations of designers, developers and philosophers.

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    I think you need to be a little bit of all three to be a good UX designer but have one area where you put the most energy into. For me, it’s philosophy. If you love UX philosophy as much as I do, check out UXMovement.com.

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    Whatever you think you may be remember that the main discipline when working with a client is to bring the project in on budget. Ideally “under budget”.

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    I am an artisciensopher!

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    Very inspiring article. I think, I have the three(artist,scientist and philosopher).
    but, in reality, I am more often as a scientist (write thousand code).

    I am very interested in the work of a designer. I think a designer is a person who has his own world. Everyone has his own world. But different from the designer, they have a more beautiful world.

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    Philosopher? Don’t make me laugh

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    I believe we, everyday designers, web designer, graphic designers, are a mix of all this. I see myself playing all three roles and I can tell you from my experience that you must be nowadays because everything is moving so fast and you gotta to learn so fast all those new stuffs that comes around… being a philosopher makes you move on, being an artist makes you satisfied and being a coder is needed.

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    I prefer “Dark Wizard” or “follower of Voldemort.” It’s a good non-specific description that speaks creative magic!

    Nice article!

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    The visionary, the eat-codes, the bouncer.

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    I gotta agree with Anon and Co. Even as one, I have to say that web designers need to get over themselves. You’re not philosophers, and you’re sure as heck not scientists. *facepalm*

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    I’m an artist and scientist. I know this not only from reading your article, but also from the ‘C’ I got in Philosophy in college. It was the hardest ‘C’ I ever got.

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    Rather than selfishness, as Anon says, is to be arrogant spin doctors.
    Such as the Italian magazine of art, art that makes photographing magnification of bacteria under a microscope. It begins with fatigue, making a run at making art, maybe true, and once there, art is all bullshit.

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    Nice read. IMO, Alex did a great job in pointing out 3 distinct personalities. The use of job profession names should not be taken too seriously because the intended purpose was clearly, make it easier for the reader to see the 3 types easily by relating them to job professions and their stereotypical behaviour.

    He could have used “scientific type”, “artistic type” and “philosophical type” and not offend anyone. But that would make this article appear more academic when it should really just be an easy read on smashingmag.

    Also, great job in pointing out at the end that no one person is strictly one type. Clearly, no one is a Scientist, Artist or Philosopher when it comes to web development. But the way we THINK and ACT could fall into any of the 3 types.

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    Very nice article Alex, I like your idea to categorize the web designer in three personalities, also liked the explanation of all. I like to code and think like philosopher about UI, UX etc but I my LOVE is design so I would like to put myself in first category – artist category. I have programming background and want to be a good coder but I am not night owl. Loved your article. Thanks.

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    Nice article! I found somewhere middle of these three: artist, scientist and philosopher.
    On a personal level, I believe myself to be a philosopher rather than an artist or scientist. While I have the ability to produce code and a design, my love for the web is in the more theoretical elements of our world like user-experience and accessibility.

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    Enjoyed the article. I’d say that for myself, the role has varied based on where I’ve been in my career and what functions I’m providing for our company. At one point, I was the artist with scientist attributes. Later I focused more on developing the scientific qualities while finding more talented artists to fill the artist role. Now I’m more of the philosopher for the company. Each role has been rewarding in it’s own way and I’m very happy being the philosopher these days!

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    I would definitely call myself a scientist. I even wrote a script that formats my source code nicely with indentation and blank lines removed. Melbourne websites.

    Even though I know most users that visit my site will never look at the source code, I just had to do it for my own satifisation. I even do it on all my clients sites.

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    What a fantastic article, Alex!

    I loved how you described each of the three different types, you seemed really passionate and immersed in writing the article and it obviously shows in your writing!

    As for me, I’m definitely “The Scientist” and what you described hit the nail on the head! ;) Brilliant article overall! Well done!

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    What a great article.

    As for me, I feel I have the heart of a Philosopher, the skills of an Artist, and the mind of a Scientist.

    I just wish I had some organizational skills so I can get more done.

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    Quite funny article since I’ve always been wondering what I am with a graduate training in science, in philosophy and by now working primarily as a visual designer. No reason to feel like a split personality anymore. Thanks!

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    Misappropriation of assets. Your disclosure.
    Post links without probable rights. Mine.
    Sure, but I am censored.
    It is not a good example of democracy. Rather than a system.

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    if ($coding == $science) die(‘The world endeth’);

    echo “coding is not science”;

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    You really seem to be over-thinking your craft. Way too many blowhards posting articles on this site.

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    Maxime De Greve

    July 16, 2010 10:26 am

    After a long time Smashing Magazine just made the top again with this article! Finally an article that definitely describe who I am!

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    pro-tip : if you describe yourself as an artist or a philosopher, you’re probably not one.

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    No, that’s the difference between whether or not people will pay you to do it. Premade stuff saves time and money, and is generally of better quality than something you’d write yourself.

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    Elf M. Sternberg

    July 12, 2010 12:47 pm

    Agreed. I have my own toolbox of Django apps and jQuery plug-ins that I’ve written myself (a big, big collection of WAI and Section 508-related stuff, mostly), but I’m not going to bother to write Yet Another Slider or Yet Another Registration Tool.

    I’m going to use that well-saved time to write unit tests, plus the usual Windmill dog-and-pony for the client.

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    Wow, Ben — your sarcasm is showing. Do you often spew forth trivial and thoughtless comments like the one above?

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    Well, I’d say you could replace ‘web designer’ with graphic designer, and this article would still be true… A graphic designer is often an artist first, with a fair bit of philosopher (what is going to communicate this message most effectively?) and a little bit of scientist (I hope I had the PDF settings just right and put enough trapping around that drawing…)

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