Just having a chat with a client the other day who had used their own designer. Now there is nothing wrong with that as long as the designer has some basic knowledge about web design. The problem is that some designers just don't have that knowledge - a bit strange in this day and age, but it happens.
Then one of the basic issues is screen resolution and browser type as, clearly, different resolutions show more or less of any particular site without scrolling either horizontally or vertically and different browsers interpret the code in different ways. The issue we were getting here was that the designer really didn't 'get' screen resolutions, so one thing we did to help him - and it occurred to me it may help others was to draw up a little diagram as below - click it to enlarge - for the current state of play in browsers and screen resoltions according to W3C.
Hopefully said designer now has a little more knowledge and can work out what design will work for the client - though, of course, resolutions will continue to change as will browsers.
Post written by Richard Hill