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  1. Some great perspectives and insights, but you can really tell who’s been around for a while vs. those who’ve only been working a few years.

    Designing for different browsers has been an issue since 1995 (and moved off the desktop years ago). Things have never been as consistent as they are now; even mobile has been more standardized with the spread of WebKit and HTML-5 on the top phones.

    The idea that “the bosses just don’t get it” and the need to justify smart and beautiful design has always been and will continue to be a struggle for creatives/designers; anyone who thinks that’s been conquered in the last year will surely have a rude awakening, probably with their next client.

    I think the most important thing is to be open to ideas around you, whether they come from more senior designers, managers, or technology co-workers. You don’t know everything, there’s a good chance someone has dealt with this problem before you, and the best ideas often come from collaboration not individual perspiration.

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  2. Being allowed to peer into the things industry leaders were thinking, learning and doing during the year was a total treat. I’ve loved many posts at A List Apart over the years, but this is my absolute favorite. I’m sure Aarron could explain exactly why. I hope this becomes a tradition and we get a post like this every year.

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  3. I had the pleasure to attend to various conference of people that I read or followed by years through website like A list apart, and I made a greateful discover. They are just people like you and me. I could talk with them, ask question, and they were incredibly polite, gentle and helpfull, it was a great surprise that they were so approachable.
    I learned that the passion that drives me to learn every day about communication and web design, it drives them as well. I felt on the same level and passion. And it just gave me a second wind of desire of being able to talk about what inspire me, what drives me and what I find great way to communicate. With some friend from Barcelona we started to make some small free conference and the result was that more people wanted to share and grow together.
    The 2011 for me was this discovery, that there is a world of people behind the screen of my monitor that are passionate as I am about this wonderful medium, and that we all share the same dream. Be a better designers, comunicators and above all a better man.

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  4. Definitely a banner year for the “internet of things” and great to hear industry professionals recognize that we are in transitional time for design and development.

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  5. Death awareness. All we do, or what we wold do, all our art, design, decisions, at the end of the days will disappeared. Something new will be invented, some other person will come. It’s not about to get success, it’s about to choose life that make you happy. And if you get lucky, it would change some other peoples too.

    New things. All things around us was invented by peoples. Hopefully, everybody have a chance to invent something new. Even with web design.

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  6. I enjoyed hearing thoughts from all these web superstars. Thanks for building the list.


    Daniel Elmore

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  7. Awesome read.  It’s so nice to read stuff that reflects the every day experience working in web.  Its been an exciting year with so much happening on all fronts.

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  8. Emotion is at the heart of every decision we make — I also learned that. 
    Web design should be created for people, cause positive feelings, including esthetic.
    Do not be afraid to experiment - it’s a great experience, a professional web designer learns from his mistakes and successes.
    You have to think about people, not about design.

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  9. I learned that apparently animals are taking over the internet (Pandas especially). I just have to say I love animals, so maybe the Pandas will take it easy on me and my websites. It has been a fun year, and I have learned a lot.

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  10. More than apps, it has been the death of “inter” as in inter<—>net. Remember the day of geocities and similar services! Remember how you could connect to any email from any email : for example, to write to someone @hotmail you could write from @yahoo *without* needing to be hotmail member. The giant and evil monopoly and blatant data-miner FB has changed the scenario and killed a lot of the interent. It is now cookie-cutter stuff allover with a massive “slave” population following. Anybody once could write simple html and create their pages - it was **open and easy** protocol, and sadly we killed it in favor of meaningless apps and allowing just a few sites to rule : so that internet is now = FB + Apple + G + Amazon. Unfortunate so much that even Tim Lee has lamented. I wish there were more players, at least a dozen like FB. I wish they come soon and fast.

    Apps can be just killed by good mobile browsers : there is a sign of this as Opera and others bring on more improvements. Apps, among other things, restricts the wide exposure of www. At max you can have 100 or 500 apps to interact regularly. The browser is the best app that exposes you to a million sites every second, and once this crazy app craze dies down and more html5 pours in apps can be in-browser stuffs.

    Internet of today was made by the common mass who did a lot of simple html and php, but the most bad part is that now things are moving or have moved to intricate and costly money-needing expert skills, huge stinky commercialization unthought of in the 90’s, a few monopoly sites, and other sites just slave to FB using FB icons, FB shares, FB comments - none of their own. It not even matters to them that they are not being original ( FB do not use their icons) and thus are actually losing more users who value independence, uniqueness and freedom.

    What we need now :
    - do not let the simplicity of html and php get lost
    - apps no, browser yes : browser can do from one window all app stuffs
    - at least a dozen more sites like FB
    - revival of services like Geocities

    Who will be the champion for these causes? These are much more important than SOPA, of you understand what I/we mean!

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  11. This year web services took me by surprise, but I love being able to re-package data as needed for different platforms. Once you have the service running, it can be deployed in app form, in mobile-optimized form, heck, in IE6-friendly form even.

    Mobile optimization became a major priority this year and is now a central consideration in all my design planning. As a result, I’ve pretty much ditched Flash entirely, opting for jQuery or at least graceful degradation / progressive enhancement.

    CSS3 shows amazing promise and with IE9 gaining steam we can finally move beyond the ancient browsers of the 2000’s and into modern, standards-friendly ones.

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  12. Hi Guys,

      As per my personal experience it has been tremendous growth for Web Development especially PHP and HTML5. The emergence of these apps has indeed triggerred panic among iphone and android developers(although the web apps have a long way to go even to have a fight with iphone app features) and it has surely made 2012 a year to look out for. HTML5 and different frameworks like Sencha, Jquerymobile and so on have made there mark this year and with more customers looking to reduce the effective cost of their apps, it surely seems 2012 is gonna be a great one for mobile web application developers.

    All this said, i’m also looking forward to how apple will move forward in the coming year. Android has surely taken a huge portion of their market in 2011.

    Further more, PHP has become a must know language for all developers as the range is growing like anything for php.

      I am a php developer myself and have just got into mobile web application development. 2011 was by far the best year and i truly think 2012 is gonna be even better..

      Cheers..

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  13. @Aarron Walter I could not have said it better.

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  14. The content on the web pages should be very terse and engaging. No one likes to read literature. Keep it simple, Keep it “fun” and most importantly keep “them” in mind is the important to usability.

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  15. Love the first quote about emotion being tied to everything.  So very true.  Love your website!

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  16. I’m so pleased to have found your site!  I’m just now exploring the idea of becoming a web designer after managing my own photography website.  I’ve learned that I both love and hate web design and I have VERY much to learn.  The quote about simplicity spoke to me the most.  I want to keep my designs simple but appearing simple can sometimes be very complicated.  I look forward to learning from this community in 2012!

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  17. i’d love to be able to share a specific quote, but there are no anchor tags which makes it a lot more difficult.  comments have unique IDs since they’re being generated by your CMS.  i realize that most articles do not need to have content segmented in this way, but given this article’s content, it’d be very useful (and probably have far more links on twitter and such) if people could point to and share specific gems via IDs matching the names of the quote authors.

    sorry for suggesting more work :)  anything for good design right?

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  18. I loved reading these, and I really appreciate Aaron Walter’s start. Sometimes we get so caught up in the implementation of sites that we can lose the emotional side - we should see the human piece when we talk usability, but even then our emotional, or gut, reaction is often left out. Well stated, and good reminder!

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  19. I would like to say that 2011 was the i-technology year. There are released many applications on i technology

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  20. A lot of people underestimate the creation process of apps. They think an app is created, submitted for approval and that’s the end of story. The marketing aspect of apps is very complex. What’s even more complex is the ways in which companies are making profits on free apps via advertising.
    Profit sharing is another side of it as most people don’t have the funds for app development.

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  22. I learned that while there are always new technologies and gadgets to design for and get excited about, there are still so many companies who lack an effective website for any platform.  Despite the prevalence of mainstream coverage on the importance of user experience and seemingly more and more people who get it, there is still so much work to do.  Looking forward to a busy 2012!

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  25. For me 2011 was the year we finally said good riddance to IE6. If clients ask about IE6 support now we just sneer at them.  Still it was depressing to see a couple of clients upgrade from IE6 not to the latest IE,  but to IE7… oh well…

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  26. Great read. Exciting to see design playing a bigger role in the SEO world as well as design finally gets it’s due in it’s ability it has on a site’s ultimate success/failure.

    -SC

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  27. I liked your experience on this. Web design is real design.

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  28. Tablets, iphones, ipods and the other mobile devices where almost overtaking traditional searches i n 2011, mobile search is massive — and its only going to increase in 2012. So we must cater for those devices.

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  30. It looks to me like tools are being developed at such a rate that most common needs for sites will be available to unskilled people most of the time. Doesn’t it seem so?
    Hosts certainly provide simple templates to fill in. Dreamweaver, and others, have WYSIWYG and wizards, making moderate sites available to many folks.
    I expect the applications may evolve to more of an art program, far from coding HTML.

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