Let's talk about web design

Let's talk about web design

The topic of this particular article is by no means a new one, and it probably has been discussed many times before. Despite that, I feel like we are on the cusp of a new movement — a call for web design to return to its roots — because the design community simply cannot sustain itself on lists and tutorials. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy the occasional showcase and many tutorials have been a great source of information for me, but when the same material is recycled and rehashed across thousands of blogs and tweets it drowns out other great content that teach web design.

Can browsing through inspiring showcases and reading through a few tutorials make you a better designer? In some ways, yes. It adds to your toolkit, but if you don’t know how to use your tools, you really are no better off. In photography, I can gawk at all the amazing photos on Flickr and learn about about all the little tricks for my SLR, but to be a good photographer I would have to learn about stuff that transcends the tools — things such as lighting and composition that help a photographer no matter what camera he/she is using. So if a cool picture drives you to learn more about lighting or composition, great; if a well-designed site prompts you to research grids and typography, then yes, the showcase helped you become a better designer. However, my question is: how many times has that happened?

I don’t mind that list sites exist the way they do now, but I do lament the loss and diminishing presence of quality online writing about web design. While I am by no means the expert on web design, I’d like this site to contribute a little bit to that conversation. What do you say, is there a revolution coming? If so, would you like to be part of it?

Let’s forget trends and the current cool effect. Let’s focus on learning about our craft. Let’s talk about web design.

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