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Shoujo Justice by rachelthegreat Shoujo Justice by rachelthegreat
This is me as a Magical Girl destroying a Rounded Corner Monster. I'm probably too old to be a magical girl now that I'm in my twenties. Oh well.

I hate rounded corners. I once worked for a company whose designer had unfortunately learned how to put rounded corners on elements on a web page by using fleets of bastardized bold tags. The engineer who showed her this technique didn't see any issue with it because "Google uses it!" And, if Google uses it, it's gotta be great, right? (Like iframes! :D )

The designer then put them on EVERY DAMN VISUAL ELEMENT ON THE SITE. This bulked up the code by about 25%. I kid you not! IF you visited one of our pages and it took awhile to load, it wasn't the images, it wasn't the HTTP requests, or the multiple javascript libraries, it was the mothering bold-taggified rounded corners.

I tried to get us to use CSS3 rounded corners, which would be significantly lighter but wouldn't work on IE. IE users would just get square corners. But marketing/design/everyone's brother demanded that the pages look exactly alike from browser to browser, and I never managed to convince them all that progressive enhancement is acceptable at the same time.

I ended up looking at many weird and arcane javascript solutions with IE, but none of them were 100% perfect enough for full scale implementation.

Point is, I've come to hate the little bastards as design elements.
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StevenJarekk Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
You're never too old (or too male, apparently) to be a magical girl!
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furubafan3 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Aw such a cute aesthetic must be annoying impractical. :( Now this is totally off topic but as a student debating on getting into webdesign when I graduate what's it like working as a web designer?
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rachelthegreat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
It pays better than being a cartoonist, and you can choose a really corporate position or a really laid back one, depending on your local job market, so it's great if you like work environment flexibility. If you enjoy the work, it's a lot of fun. But you gotta love it! And know how to laugh at yourself and others, or else you'll get pent up when the client insists that something be "blue."

Also, you have to enjoy the company of geek boys. If you adore geek boys and get on with them well, all will be fine, and you'll find where you belong. That is, of course, if you want to work with a team. IF you want to go solo, you'll have to be a rockstar and hit the ground running. I advise trying to work in house for a bit before trying to go solo, get a feel for the demands of the job.

Also, there are only 2 things you can study in school that apply to web design: graphic design and computer science. Do the latter if you have an analytical mind and like the ide of working with code all day and getting paid more.

I don't advise taking "web design" classes. Just join a meetup and read some books. What you want is a strong foundation in the basics. Don't work/learn/or design in a vacuum.

But I guess it comes down to this: What's your experience? Are you a newb to web design? What other paths are open to you?
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furubafan3 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I'm currently majoring in Communications with a minor in Computer Science, however there is going to be a new major at my school strictly for web design so I wasn't sure if I should choose that path instead. With my communications degree I'm studying media writing, graphic design, and public relations. And with my computer science minor I'll be studying coding in java (and other script languages, data structures, how to use GUI. There's more but it's very customizable.

At the moment I only know how to use basic html, python, photoshop, oh and making silly videos on imovie.
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rachelthegreat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Then it's up to you. I recommend you get a book on Java and dive in. If it excites you, and you "get" it, you might be a coder. Goodness knows we need more girl coders. But otherwise, you don't need a web design degree to be a web designer. A communications degree is just fine. But if you want to be a coder, a computer science degree will help you go far.
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TakuniChan Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student General Artist
....Well, this is different. XD
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rachelthegreat Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
It's ridiculously funny to web designers. I'm sorry. My humor has devolved to this level :(
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TakuniChan Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Nah, I think its cute.
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MelonyChitwood Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I AGREE!!! Dear god whomever got that rounded corner style going needs to be kneecapped.
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rachelthegreat Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I don't mind it so much if it's used sparingly, like on buttons or as a flourish.

But putting it on every damn bock of information on a site??? You can over do it.

Design elements are supposed to be complimentary, not crutches.
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