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Monday, March 14 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
My Title Is Web Designer, Now What?

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As agencies and professionals become more entrenched in their processes for creating sites, the role of the web designer has become more nuanced. The skillsets of people who call themselves web designers can vary greatly from one to the next. One may never touch code; one may have their hands in every step of building out their designs; others may be somewhere in between. These days it's hard to know what kind of things you should be expected to do as a web designer. Should we continue to add skills outside of the traditional realm of design to our toolbox? Do we focus on becoming design experts? The way we answer questions will affect our careers and how we work. In this panel we will discuss what we, as web designers, need to do to adapt to the new trends and ever-changing demands of our craft. We'll talk about what skills a web designer should have in their design toolbox and tackle questions like: should designers know how to code? Where do the skills of a graphic designer and a web designer overlap and where do they differ? And how does the differentiation of role expectations effect design processes?

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Christopher Cashdollar

Creative DirHappy CogChristopher Cashdollar is a graphic designer, illustrator, and interactive team leader with web design experience dating back to the mid 1990s. He has provided consultative strategy and design direction for vastly diverse clients such as LG Mobile, Northwestern... Read More →
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Valerie Head

Sr Designer/DeveloperAgency 1903Val loves design, code, and crafty things. She is currently the Sr Designer/Developer at Agency 1903 in Pittsburgh, PA. She likes to keep things interesting by organizing two local conferences, Flashpitt and Web Design Day, and co-managing the LoopPittsburgh... Read More →

Monday March 14, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Marriott Courtyard, Rio Grande A

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