During any kickoff meeting for the next website redesign, inevitably there is that one common question that comes up each and every time. What about IE6? It happened again to me today during a call with our UX team. The context of today’s conversation was in regards to HTML5 and responsive web design, which is the perfect context for this particular question. It’s one of more than a few topics I’m passionate about, so in addition to sharing my thoughts with them, I figured it would be the appropriate time to blog about it this evening as well.
In any creative passion, there is a huge difference between the apprentice and the master. With enough raw talent and determination, through years of practice and persistence, that gap can be bridged.
With regards to this path from amateur to professional, there is one aspect of the talented that I find holds true across multiple disciplines. The impostor follows a set formula without deviation in the hope that the product at the end of that process is both good and predictable. The truly talented live in a much more chaotic world. They understand that the journey defines the product. In fact, they are both one and the same. In the creation of their masterpiece the talented watch their product come to life in incremental steps and they make adjustments along the way. Their end product may not be what they originally intended, but I would argue that the end product is better for it.