Do most ASP.NET positions require a decent amount of artistic ability?

Discussion in 'ASP .Net' started by Bob Maxie, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. Bob Maxie

    Bob Maxie Guest

    Hey all,

    I've played about with ASP.NET for a couple of years and was hoping to
    start going 'pro' soon. I've also have been employed as a software
    developer doing primarily C++ for several years.

    It seems as if the 'core programming' and classic 'web development'
    worlds have collided when it comes to ASP.NET. Is the ability to
    develop professional looking websites usually a requirement for ASP.NET
    positions (I'm not talking presentation/business logic, but graphical
    design and GUI usability/aesthetics)? I think I could handle the core
    development portion of it (C#/ADO.NET/ETC) but I really suck when it
    comes to artistic ability. Do most ASP.NET positions require a decent
    amount of artistic skill or do most places understand that coding and
    web design skills are somewhat independent? Thanks
    Bob Maxie, Sep 23, 2005
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  2. Hello Bob,

    Not usually. In decent sized teams (more than 5 people), usually the art
    people are separate. In smaller settings, art does become an issue...but
    those aren't places I want to work. GL with your search...

    Thanks,
    Shawn Wildermuth
    Speaker, Author and C# MVP

    > Hey all,
    >
    > I've played about with ASP.NET for a couple of years and was hoping to
    > start going 'pro' soon. I've also have been employed as a software
    > developer doing primarily C++ for several years.
    >
    > It seems as if the 'core programming' and classic 'web development'
    > worlds have collided when it comes to ASP.NET. Is the ability to
    > develop professional looking websites usually a requirement for
    > ASP.NET positions (I'm not talking presentation/business logic, but
    > graphical design and GUI usability/aesthetics)? I think I could
    > handle the core development portion of it (C#/ADO.NET/ETC) but I
    > really suck when it comes to artistic ability. Do most ASP.NET
    > positions require a decent amount of artistic skill or do most places
    > understand that coding and web design skills are somewhat independent?
    > Thanks
    >
    Shawn Wildermuth, Sep 24, 2005
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  3. Nope. But, you do need to have a sense of what user friendly
    user interfaces should be to help your "artsy" people have a
    good feel for what the various controls can do and what
    are the best ways to implement them.

    --
    Robbe Morris - 2004/2005 Microsoft MVP C#
    Free Source Code for ADO.NET Object Mapper To DataBase Tables And Stored
    Procedures
    http://www.eggheadcafe.com/articles/adonet_source_code_generator.asp




    "Bob Maxie" <> wrote in message
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    > Hey all,
    >
    > I've played about with ASP.NET for a couple of years and was hoping to
    > start going 'pro' soon. I've also have been employed as a software
    > developer doing primarily C++ for several years.
    >
    > It seems as if the 'core programming' and classic 'web development' worlds
    > have collided when it comes to ASP.NET. Is the ability to develop
    > professional looking websites usually a requirement for ASP.NET positions
    > (I'm not talking presentation/business logic, but graphical design and GUI
    > usability/aesthetics)? I think I could handle the core development
    > portion of it (C#/ADO.NET/ETC) but I really suck when it comes to artistic
    > ability. Do most ASP.NET positions require a decent amount of artistic
    > skill or do most places understand that coding and web design skills are
    > somewhat independent? Thanks
    Robbe Morris [C# MVP], Sep 24, 2005
    #3
  4. No, web sites that consider an attractive design to be a top priority
    usually have graphic design artists that do all the fancy Photoshop work.
    Then us programmers just translate their artistic vision into code.

    --
    I hope this helps,
    Steve C. Orr, MCSD, MVP
    http://SteveOrr.net


    "Bob Maxie" <> wrote in message
    news:ak_Ye.78047$7f5.33686@okepread01...
    > Hey all,
    >
    > I've played about with ASP.NET for a couple of years and was hoping to
    > start going 'pro' soon. I've also have been employed as a software
    > developer doing primarily C++ for several years.
    >
    > It seems as if the 'core programming' and classic 'web development' worlds
    > have collided when it comes to ASP.NET. Is the ability to develop
    > professional looking websites usually a requirement for ASP.NET positions
    > (I'm not talking presentation/business logic, but graphical design and GUI
    > usability/aesthetics)? I think I could handle the core development
    > portion of it (C#/ADO.NET/ETC) but I really suck when it comes to artistic
    > ability. Do most ASP.NET positions require a decent amount of artistic
    > skill or do most places understand that coding and web design skills are
    > somewhat independent? Thanks
    Steve C. Orr [MVP, MCSD], Sep 24, 2005
    #4
  5. Bob Maxie

    Mark Rae Guest

    "Steve C. Orr [MVP, MCSD]" <> wrote in message
    news:...

    > No, web sites that consider an attractive design to be a top priority
    > usually have graphic design artists that do all the fancy Photoshop work.
    > Then us programmers just translate their artistic vision into code.


    That's also my experience. The vast majority of my work tends to be
    intranets for corporate clients who already have a public Internet site in
    place and a very clear "house style". More often than not, I get a very
    detailed functional and technical spec about what they want on the intranet,
    but when it comes to the look and feel, they're generally happy for me to
    reuse whatever I can from their public website and adapt it to fit around
    business applications.

    I'm the first to admit I'm no graphic designer, so where the above isn't the
    case, depending on budget, I sub-contract the GUI design to a friend of mine
    who specialises in this area. She then meets with the client, gives them a
    few choices and, when they've made up their mind, sends me the images,
    stylesheet(s) and a sample HTML page which she's mocked up in FrontPage, and
    I'm pretty much good to go from there.

    On the very odd occasion when a client has aked for Macromedia Flash to be
    used, I also sub-contract that work to another friend, as I have no Flash
    skills nor much interest in acquiring any...
    Mark Rae, Sep 24, 2005
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  6. Bob Maxie

    Bob Maxie Guest

    Re: Do most ASP.NET positions require a decent amount of artisticability?

    Just want to thank all of you for your responses. As I was reading, I
    was breathing a big sigh of relief :)

    Bob

    Bob Maxie wrote:
    > Hey all,
    >
    > I've played about with ASP.NET for a couple of years and was hoping to
    > start going 'pro' soon. I've also have been employed as a software
    > developer doing primarily C++ for several years.
    >
    > It seems as if the 'core programming' and classic 'web development'
    > worlds have collided when it comes to ASP.NET. Is the ability to
    > develop professional looking websites usually a requirement for ASP.NET
    > positions (I'm not talking presentation/business logic, but graphical
    > design and GUI usability/aesthetics)? I think I could handle the core
    > development portion of it (C#/ADO.NET/ETC) but I really suck when it
    > comes to artistic ability. Do most ASP.NET positions require a decent
    > amount of artistic skill or do most places understand that coding and
    > web design skills are somewhat independent? Thanks
    Bob Maxie, Sep 24, 2005
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