Keith posted a “timely entry”:http://www.7nights.com/asterisk/archives05/2005/09/standards-geeks-hard-to-come-by a few days ago bemoaning the lack of designers/developers proficient in CSS-based web design.
This was a timely opportunity for me to plug the “opening in my web team for a web developer”:http://www.smileycat.com/miaow/archives/000159.php – this position is still open, by the way.
The post provoked a lively discussion, which largely centered on the lack of demand for such skills from both design agencies and companies.
I’m not sure what we there is to do about this sorry state of affairs except to keep plugging away about the “benefits of standards-based design”:http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/benefits/.
If you read the standard web design blogs, it’s easy to become insulated to the rest of the world when it comes to web development and forget that this is not the way that most of the world works. Sometimes I need to sit back and remind myself of this fact.
The good news for me is that I have since received several inquiries from talented designers, with whom I’ll be following up shortly. We’re still taking applications though, if you think you have the CSS chops.