Findings from the Web Design Survey, 2008

by ALA Staff

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  1. This is definitely the best crunched numbers and reference we have ever received in our industry.

    There is more data available than I had ever imagined!

    Thank you very much AEA and ALA for all this good work.

    Simon

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  2. @Elena:

    As the mother of two mixed race kids, I can appreciate wanting to have information about others like yourself. But practically speaking, it’s not entirely feasible. Why stop at folks who are half Caucasian—why not folks who are half black, or half Chinese, or half Jewish, etc.?

    At some point I think you’ll have to just be content with checking the “Other” box and moving on. If we divide people up into boxes too small and specific, the data stops having any meaning at all.

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  3. It would be very interesting to use color scales (or only grayscale) in those crossing-categories tables that only show numbers (those like the FIG. 1.2). Something like: the greater the number, the darker the color. It would be very easyer to understand, even whitout reading the numbers.

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  4. hey there, ALA,

    I have enjoyed your site for years as a means to stay educated, and to learn new things.

    And, I occasionally look under the hood at the CSS and HTML to see how you all do things. Imagine my surprise when I saw that your <div id=“wrapper”> was now <div id=“ludacris”> !! I was ROTFLMAO!!

    thanks, ALA! Stay Golden!

    - Rod

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  5. Besides the survey and its data, I’d like to point out the extremely well done only charts. They are HTML/CSS only and this is a very good example that semantic markup is superior to images. A case study on creating these charts would make an interesting article as well.

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  6. I wasn’t surprised to see that young adults (19-29 years old) have the most people creating websites.

    In fact, almost all of my friends have a website in a way or two – ranging from Blogspot blogs to personal blogs. (Probably that’s why 71.9% of the respondents have a personal blog.)

    But full-time and freelance web professionals at that young age? Wow, I’d be glad to know these people because I’m one of them.

    Dominic
    Here’s my site in case anyone is wondering: “Article Submission”:http://www.articlesubmitauto.com

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  7. It is not surprising that the U.S. is the largest respondant and provider of web content.  These is no close second place.  I wonder what the true number looks like if other countries and languages were taken into consideration?

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  8. Thanks for the read : )

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  9. Thank you guys for keeping us up to date ;-) Great article.

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  10. Thanks for the great survey. Very interesting results.

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  11. thanks for the article!.. nice findings.

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  12. Great article, well presented. Just curious about the use of “b” vs “strong” for boldface tags. I’ve been using “strong”, but I’d much rather go “b” (I’m lazy ;-) if that’s the now acceptable standard.

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  13. I’m curious to hear from others.

    Does the data support a growing trend in the number of freelancers compared to corporate/employed professionals.  At least in my market, there appears to be more and more freelancers and fewer companies (per say) actually doing web development.  Maybe it is just an Ohio thing (or lack there of).

    Frank

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  14. Thanks for sharing. It is surprising that 26% spent less than a year at the current job.

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  15. ..i would like to encourage everyone under the same area to start to build the change too and stand up just like what these guys have been up to now.

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