One of my daily reads is Eric Meyer's blog. Today he talked about the debate currently going around on what makes web designers/developers "professionals." Many of us in the web development world have encountered this problem and in following the links from Meyer's blog, I read another designer's post (Jeff Croft) that described a personal history so very similar to my own I wondered how many of us there are out there in the same boat.
Another blog (D. Keith Robinson) had questions about the possibility of starting a peer-based network of professionals which sounds a lot like the structure we have with our state's web developer's group (SWIG). I think it would be wonderful to have a nation-wide group, but I think that already exists in pockets. I, personally, would like a to be a part of a respected professional organization, though.
Public Relations professionals have PRSA, graphic designers have AIGA and other professions have unions or associations that respresent them. I think Web Designers and Developers deserve something on that level as well. The trick is making sure it is highly regarded and worthwhile to its members.
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