Twinsparc and Markup Stamps
August 25, 2005 at 12:32 PM
Nate Steiner tells me that Twinsparc has been redesigned. Check it out, nice and simple design. If you are a designer and use Illustrator, you may want to check out the Illustrator Markup Stamps, they are pretty handy for giving markup direction to accompany a design. They are easy and fast to use, not to mention very effective.
While I think the Illustrator widget is neat, I'm not sure it's necessary. In my experience, the visual designer isn't (and probably shouldn't be) concerned with markup semantics or the structure of the resulting document. Once the designer's vision has been birthed, it seems it's the front-end developer's job to translate it into structurally sound and semantically valid markup. This isn't due to snobbery: the developer is concerned with markup because of the need to ensure markup is logical not only for Web browsers, but other devices as well. Visual designers are generally concerned with design for one medium at a time.