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Managing An Online Publication Is Easier Than Ever

The designer’s job is perhaps the most misunderstood on the Web. In some professional circles, the term may broadly define the job of fitting form to function, whatever that entails; on the Web, “designer” usually refers to someone in charge of coming up with a good looking layout for a page. More specifically, titles like information architect and interaction designer define design roles that involve more than just esthetic decisions. If these roles are not understood by all concerned, then difficulties in communication are bound to result. It’s hard to communicate if the people you’re talking to have a completely different concept of their job requirements than you do.

Print mags like these can make it a lot easier.

Print mags like these can make it a lot easier.

The vocabulary problem extends beyond job titles into the fabric of the Web site development process. Web design uses a combination of terms drawn from older disciplines and terms invented specifically for the medium. It’s unusual to find someone who comes