first? last? as you go? (when do you design the homepage?)

i was reading Derek Powazek’s article on A List Apart this morning in which he talks about the mysteries and wonders of designing a site homepage. Its a well documented struggle, I think. In many cases, its really all your client is worried about. Derek’s clients must be either incredibly well educated in design process, or on copious amounts of valium, if he really does what he says and designs the homepage last.

I wonder if he really does that. I mean, I’ve been known to say that’s what I do, but most of the time what actually happens is that the homepage evolves iteratively as the rest of the site is nutted out in detail. I’d agree that the homepage is probably one of the last pages to be totally finished, but its certainly not, in my experience, the last one to be started.

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i hate visio

its 6.10pm and I just hit ‘save’ on Visio after a long and productive day.

I’m *sure* I hit save earlier in the day. And, anyway, isn’t there supposed to be autosave and document recovery?

 (you know where i’m heading here, don’t you)

so, as soon as I hit ‘save’, Visio informs me that its had an error and needs to close.

Fair enough, I think, we all have our moments. I wondered how much it would not be able to save and how much I’d have to redo.

I never thought that I’d end up losing the ENTIRE DAY’S WORK.

but yes. that appears to be the case.

we are not amused.

links for 1 February 2006

Here’s some of the pages I’ve tagged on Del.icio.us today.