Web Design Companies That Understand Technology

November 18th, 2008

There are a lot of companies out there that do web design work that looks fabulous.

Unfortunately, a lot of these sites look fabulous only when viewed in IE6 build xxxx, with a 75dpi monitor, fonts set to the expected size, running on Windows XP SP2, with JavaScript enabled. Try looking at the site through Safari, Firefox, with larger-than-expected fonts, and things break down: text boxes overlap each other, buttons that should work don’t, and it becomes a mess.

So, if your employer wanted a web design company that has a good grasp of Web standards and the appropriate use of them, where would you look? A company that can write good HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and still make the site look appealing? A company that has heard of Apache and gets the appropriate nausea when someone mentions ColdFusion or Frontpage?

So far, I’ve seen these places mentioned by others:

Happy Cog
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  1. Brad

    Thanks for the plug John! Nice to see the word spreading about our services in open source website development!



  2. n

    FYI, happy cog uses pixel sizes in the definition of its font sizes, which does not work well on different resolutions.


    John Goerzen Reply:

    Ugh. Thanks for the catch.


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  4. John Goerzen

    Leaving out browsers that were written in 1994 to run on Windows 3.1 and such, I disagree. I think it is possible to make a website that runs on any modern browser in reasonably common use. Stick to standards and you’ll be fine.


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