As I’ve been searching, reading, playing, and harnessing the Internet, I’ve realized that fundamentally, the ‘net is ugly. Maybe this is because most websites are created in structured markup language and optimized for being indexed, but what about aesthetics?
In product design, there is a balance in form vs. function. Some products are designed beautifully but have very little utility. On the web, there are very few beautiful websites. There are entire universities based on design, you would think that the creative juices would flow onto the net to make it beautiful. Web Creme and other top-sites have listed beautifully designed websites, but they are few and far between. I’m part of an online group called nextNY and there are requests constantly for good web designers, just look at Krop.
My friend Noelle hit the nail on the head above… Creativity Mag went to a nextNY meetings and wrote a feature. The web is generally lead by coders/developers, not designers.
Since the web is being constantly innovated, it’s hard to set design guidelines as what is standard today is going to be extinct tomorrow. There are technical standards (W3C) but not for design…
What is the future of the web in terms of design? My friend (somehow we are related too) Grant Lyons is building out GreenerMags, beautifully designed interactive magazines that are environmentally friendly. These magazines flow nicely and take up more than your available screen size which pulls you into the content and makes it intimate.
Zinio have been taking traditional magazines and transplanting them online – their page turning technology is nifty but other than that, it’s old school. Will the web become fully immersive like Second Life or Google’s Lively?
But what is the future of web design? The Future of Web Design Conference is coming to New York in November and it looks like there will be some fantastic sessions. Is it going to be answered in one conference? No, but it’s the right step
What are your thoughts? Where is the web going?