Puzzled: Why Would “Web Design Be Dead?”

Web design: dead or not? Frankly, the very act of raising such an issue is baffling to me. After all, to design is to gather, organize and fix things so as not to make a mess. The idea of not needing design then would be almost like saying, “Whee, I don’t have to coordinate my clothes anymore. Just throw on whatever.” Or worse, “Whee, we don’t need clothes anymore.”

As much as I want to comment, I shall, however, hold my tongue for now. My intent is simply to post the links for your perusal. First, the original article from uxmag.com and second, the response to that post from Smashing Magazine. What do you think?

Why Web Design Is Dead [UX Mag] : by 

“Web Design is Dead.” No, It Isn’t. [Smashing Magazine] : by Vitaly Friedman, 7.8.15

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Web 1.0, The Class Acts

I can’t believe they’re still around, these sort of sites I was looking Gott Gaussfor. Illustration and animation were some of the interests I had early on, sometime before the Millennium Bug hit (or didn’t) and this was one of those really good looking ones that persuaded me to take up coding again. Checking what’s under the hood, I noticed the tables. Ah, tables. That really had me in a migraine back then. I remember how ‘proud’ I’d been when I finally was able to make a site with tables.

Anyway, it’s real nice to reminisce the old days when I’d envy these class acts – as opposed to the flashy web10animated gif’d sites that induced a really bad case of the OCD, ahaha. There’s AOL in there, I see, ahaha. As well as that world famous yellow “Under Construction” icon that many a tutorial begged you to stay away from like the plague.

E-Life 1.0, and Onto 2.0

It all started with “I don’t like it” and I cried. Okay, I just a shed a tear. Or two. Hey, web design isn’t easy, you know.

I lived a life during Web 1.0. “Oh, so that’s what it’s called.” I didn’t even know that was the name for it, to be honest, until today when I did some research. (You can shimmy on down to this Web 2.0 Wikipedia entry and read the Web 1.0 part to get a better handle of what I’m talking about). After tiring of chats, I had one other preoccupation – I envied many a friend’s website secretly.

You’d be surprised that the sheer creativity of these guys. All that image slicing and html’ing. I marveled at how they were able to stretch and explore possibilities from such limited resources. I praised and complimented until I could take it no more and asked one of those friends, “how the heck do you do it?” To my surprise, she smiled and said, “I’ll teach you.” That, my friends, began my wild and wondrous adventure into the world of website design and development.

Unfortunately, I was pretty lazy. Lazy and coding don’t mix. After 20 years (has it been really that long), it’s only now I realized how much I missed a lot of things (sigh). One of which was, I wish I had the patience back then. I could’ve had something done then by now. To make a long story short, it was that nostalgia that made me long to begin again. We can never turn back time, I’m aware. I think it’s not too late, though, is it?

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