My next few articles will be discussing my thoughts on the current trends and state of design on the web. I hold no illusion that my opinions on this topic should be taken as absolute. However, my feeling is, the more discourse, the better.
I stumbled upon this site via Firewheel that seemed to be a great prelude to my near-future writings. Indeed, the get-rich-quick scheme has laid its larva into the unsuspecting gut of graphic design. Or to use their own words:
Make $1,000 A Day In The “Hidden” Desktop Design Market
Yes, now everyone can be a graphic designer and make a hell of a lot more money than the people who actually do it for a living. This is one of the quintessential problems of design on the internet; everyone is a web designer – therefore no one is. In my opinion, this open, all-inclusive vocation needs a small dose of intellectual elitism. It is true that anyone can design a site, but not everyone can do it well.
Just because you can design a (fill in the blank) does not mean you are a (fill in the blank) designer. I am employed in the web design field and I regularly wonder if the statement above is applicable to me. There is no bar exam that you need to pass in order to become a designer, to which I am very thankful. Nonetheless, it is frustrating that the second I say that I am a web designer, smirks appear on people’s faces. To many, I might as well be saying that I am 27 and living in the basement of my parent’s house.
The good thing is that things seem to be starting to change. Strong design on the web and strong web craft are starting to be more apparent. The public is starting to get web standards. With the web becoming more a part of people’s daily lives, they want smart, strong design. People know when they use/see a well designed website. They may not know why, but it is still recognized.
Now we just have to make sure we are some of the people responsible for some of those good designs. I will be spending the next month or so talking about web design on this blog. I have no doubt that I will be wrong about many things and will learn much along the way. Perhaps it will help me make one of those strong designs I keep talking about…