The design was conceived visually, as pencil sketches followed by Illustrator and Photoshop comps in an iterative process that lasted about two months. If you can’t tell by looking at the design that it is a carefully considered visual experience, view source. Nobody would write such markup and CSS unless unless they were working to deliver detailed page designs.
_Ralph Spoilsport said:_
bq. In his book, Designing With Web Standards , Jeffrey Zeldman walked us through a design process that started and ended in code. I don’t know if that was the case here, but this is a practice I have seen too often. The design process should start with a well thought out design that is then translated into compliant code. A really great design does both extremely well.