Web Design Survey

10 comments | Posted: 25 April 07 in General, by Nathan Smith

A List Apart - 2007 Survey
A List Apart – 2007 Survey

Yesterday, I took the 2007 survey over at A List Apart. This is the first time they have offered it, but it is my understanding that it will be done annually from here on out. The reasoning behind the survey is that we as web designers are sort of an odd bunch. We don’t really fit into the traditional mold of Art, nor are we confined to the definitions which govern the IT world.

In fact, to truely be considered a top-notch web designer (and I’m not saying that’s me), one must be well versed in a number of inter-disciplinary aspects. Jeff Croft described his understanding of what it takes in a past article, entitled Web Design in Higher Education. His list consisted of several factors…

So, if you have the time, and are familiar with some of the aspects of web design, or work in an environment which involves use of the web, please make the time to take the survey. It will only take you around 9 or 10 minutes to complete, but will be contributing a drop in the bucket in an effort to gain more respect for web design as a profession. According to Zeldman, there have been an number of respondents – totaling over 12,000 people in 24 hours.

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  1. 1 Deborah

    I took the survey morning – very quick and easy.

  2. 2 Nathan Smith

    Deborah: Thanks. I hope they get an overwhelming response, and are able to publish a complete study based on the aggregated data they accumulate.

  3. 3 Yannick

    I took the survey also. I have no doubt in my mind they will get an overwhelming response. If they have 12,000+ people already in 24 hours, they should be able to get quite a bit more before the May 22.

  4. 4 Rick Curran

    Yep, I took the survey too. I’m looking forward to finding out some of the statistics from the survey.

  5. 5 Deborah

    Rick, Nathan,

    I’m looking forward to the survey too.

    If you haven’t already, check out the survey discussion at :


    (sorry I tried BBCode and html code to add the link, but neither displayed correctly in this comment). Lots of good suggestions, as well as several comments about the survey being employee-focused and not taking into account small business owners that aren’t free-lancers.

  6. 6 Yannick

    Fixed the link for you Deborah.

  7. 7 Deborah


    Thanks! What markup should I have used to include the link?

  8. 8 Nathan Smith

    Deborah: This site’s comments use Textile, a formatting syntax. The reason is twofold: 1. It tends to be easier for non-geeks to grasp, and 2. It essentially blocks any HTML or SQL injection attacks that might be attempted.

    For more on how to use it, you can click “help” above the message area on the comment form. It is a link to this address…


  9. 9 Deborah

    I’m familiar with Textile. Since the forum uses the BBCode formatting, I assumed that’s what the comments used as well. When that didn’t work, I tried regular html formatting.

    I should have paid more attention to the yellow help text above this textarea that somehow I missed when I entered my comment earlier.

  10. 10 Nathan Smith

    Deborah: No big deal. The conclusion you drew about BBcode was probably what I would have done in your situation. My intention wasn’t to be demeaning, so hopefully that’s not how the tone of my previous comment was received.

    There was actually some discussion awhile ago about standardizing around Textile on the forum as well. Ultimately, we decided against it, since people might need to ask questions about Textpattern and Textile on the forum, and it would make it tougher if it that syntax was parsed.


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