I recently had the opportunity to contribute my thoughts to Web Designer Magazine out of the UK. The question I, along with others, was asked is “Is Web Design a Dying Art?”
The premise of this is based on the strong tools that are coming out for people to build their own websites and blogs while needed to know little if any coding.
Personally I have had a number of clients that have started off with automated tools to build their websites just as a number of years back many people took up their own desktop publishing as tools moved from complex to easy.
Ultimately a tool does not a designer make. I own a hammer but I’m not a carpenter. I feel that there will always be a place for designers on the web. There will always be people who see the benefit of professionally designed websites and who will pay a designer to do it.
I don’t think that web design is a dying art it just may push out some of the lower end competition as those clients decided to just to the work themselves.
If you’d like to read the full article you’re looking for Web Designer Magazine Issue 159.
This was the second site I did for Chris, first was Dadzillatv. This is Chris’ personal blog on social media. Chris is seriously passionate about media and building your marketing potential. His passion comes across in his posts.
For this site Chris wanted to go with Thesis as a base theme and then perform some customization (really most Thesis themes look the same). We targeted the header and the navigation as those are the most distinctive parts of Thesis. We also installed Google Analytics and Feedburner so that site traffic can be tracked.
Visit the site and get some great tips on marketing and hopefully his excitement catches you too.
Just a few weeks ago I launched WITA a blog on video games, comics and pop culture by WITA.
This was one of the most collaborative designs I have worked on. In fact most of the initial design work was done by WITA herself. I walked her through the process of deciding what the most important things were for her users then through the design process. She came to me with her final design and we made a few tweaks before I implemented it into WordPress.
It was a joy to work with WITA and get a great clean but fresh design for her site. Go check it out.
I recently launched CSS Inspections a website for a home inspector named Greg McHale located in the Durham Region of Ontario.
This was a great project full of some simple and fun wordpress and jQuery trickery. Check out the contact form on the sidebar that unwinds and stays open until you have completed the form and it has been submitted properly. See a screenshot below.
I just launched einbau.ca a site for an architectural millwork company in Whitby Ontario. The hardest part of this project was choosing just a few pictures to show off their beautiful work. Check out the gallery for the finalists.