Web Designer 191 is out (at least in Europe and will be on shore in North America shortly), and with it comes a feature article titled ‘Pick the Perfect WordPress Theme’ which I wrote most of. You can get it digitally on you iOS device through Newsstand and in Chapters in Canada. I have no idea where you can get a physical copy outside of Canada so feel free to leave a note in the comments.
For my part it is sad to see Geocities go in one sense. The first sites (if they could be called that) I ever built were built on Geocities. I had a ton of fun hacking around with code on my dad’s computer till he would kick me off so real work could get done. When I learned to tile a background I was pretty excited. When I saw my first animated .gif and got it on my site wow I was over the moon.
The reality is that hosting does cost money and if there is no ROI then services will close. The time for Geocities may be gone but it still occupies a nostalgic piece of my heart. A bigger piece might be glad that any clients won’t stumble across my first ventures into the web design field.
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.