So I’ve been reading a lot about modular web design. Basically what it stands for is creating a web site – essentially a template – in such a standards compliant and well thought out manner that redesigning the site later on requires you to only modify the CSS file. It’s not a new concept – it’s something that was introduced when CSS was created and made famous by the CSS Zen Garden. Recently sites have been recreating their own personal zen gardens allowing for quicker redesign turnaround.
It’s a process I’ve used since I read up on the Zen Garden. The last 3 sites I’ve done – including my own – were done off a basic template. In essence it was a wire-frame design. And now, if I wanted to update any of them – and I’ve done small ones from time to time – I have enough hooks typically to just add or modify CSS rules. Though this doesn’t work if you go from a simple design, like my site, to a more complex design – with things like rounded corners especially. In those cases you will have to modify the XHTML.
Though it’s simple it’s not a process all beginners can copy though. And it’s an excellent learning tool. So later this week I hope to upload 2 templates – one being the wire-frame and one a more meatier zen garden-esque template. Stay tuned.
Random Tidbit: Along with Web 2.0 has come a new workplace. An article I saw on A List Apart talked about the “Long Hallway” – basically it talks about how in the new workplace designers/developers can collaborate from home offices around the world, building a team with no set office. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile and very interesting.