Choosenick. Notes and observations on service design, as well as other interesting things/thinking. By Nick Marsh.



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Frameworks, affordances and services

“What exactly is a framework? And are they only useful to programmers, or can we web designers benefit from the concept, as well?”

Interesting article on alistapart on CSS frameworks for designers. Programmers have always used frameworks, because so much of their work is routinised - Some designers (such as web designers) now produce very routinsed work too, so it makes sense to build libraries (or frameworks) of the basic parts of a webpage for example.

Product designers, and other more practically minded folk, use component parts too - these are often called ‘affordances.’ Two interesting things here:

1. What are some great service affordances?

2. What compnents of a service fit into a framework for reuse?

I suspect I’ll be returning to this topic. 

June 28th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments