Web Standards

As I looked around online yesterday.
Looking to pick up some tricks to work on my portfolio to sway
A future employer my direction and see things my way.
I realized again that everyone is using the same design effects.
Glossy buttons and mirror shine as web 2.0 reflects
The lack of concept over design which many will choose.

Many do mock ups to fill in the gaps where their clients
didn’t allow them to become creative giants.
Where they had to fit themselves inside a box.
Not able to take out the design tricks they could have used like a fox.

As I surfed the web for close to two hours
I realized that it seems everyone is using the same design flour.
Web design has become a fashion of sorts.
Many preach usability and human experience design reports
That designers are not human and have become detached.

The human algorithm has designed these new user interfaces.
And they all have the same look and feel and face.
Do I want to copy other designs and fit in place?
Or do I want to work with ideas and concepts instead.
How does one go from designer to thinker and still earn their bread?

Because I don’t want to copy what is fashionable and be like the rest.
Because I want to dream of new ways to use the same tool chest.
So go ahead and trick out your UIs and make them all sticky.
Make it look like an iPhone if you want because that’s not too tricky.

I don’t want to be one of you and you have won the contest.
Keep on making things shine and reflect as that is what you know best.
I want to use my time to concept and think our way out of fashion.
I want to use my time to tell stories without losing our passion.

Comments

  • i like this post a lot…at first i didn’t want to because of the focus on business but the poem is seductive and i found myself wanting to believe that this tool, this world wide web, was simply a form within which different philosophies could confront one another, and i think you have a vision for what that is.

    i would like to hear a more positive version of your internet philosophy. i mean i suppose there is value in having a philosophy of ‘don’ts’, i know battlestar galactica built much of its vision through what it did not want to do…but i guess i’m wondering what do you see as your philosophy of web design, of internet use, etc.

    akbar

  • Glad you enjoyed it.

    As to my philosophy I am beginning to think there is no need for web design anymore. I am beginning to believe that social media will be the only real means of web communication.

    I see a lot of friends using their facebook profile as a real blog. very interesting writing is done on facebook now. All the social media ties together seamlessly. So I’m not too sure how the business of web design or web advertising will be supported. I think a lot of seasoned web veterans are trying to figure this out themselves

    Schools keep spitting out designers though and there are huge grad programs dedicated to obscure studies like human experience design and user experience / interaction design. Programs that did not exist when I was in school.

    Your question is a good one. I think the magic will be in the strategic “creative” thinkers like the project done in the video above. I think that is the way to use all these tools by connecting the dots. Now we can have a conversation with the world but how do we engage them?

    How do we make the physical experience connect with the digital? I love much of web 2.0 design stuff but do think it’s become really saturated. I think much of it is beautiful but it seems to be just craft. I want to see the art in it. I want to see folks use their brains to use these tools on a higher level. Otherwise I don’t think there is a need for a nifty web site design, glossy or not.

    What say you?

  • love it, i like the idea that the medium is there, and does not have to be thought about, now the only thing is pure creative desire, and the ideas.

    it is funny, i mean i don’t know anybody who likes websites that are full of animation and difficult blips and buttons that are difficult to figure out, and yet people still engage in that kind of complication of the form.

    that would be an interesting project, to use all that stuff to an end that reflects a set of ideas about the internet itself…anyways, just rambling, you answered my question perfectly, and the video is great, if only because it points to an interesting way of using this tool.
    akbar

  • Cool. Yeah and as far as the future of UI (user interface) design I can see it becoming more and more minimal (like the interfaces on Caprica) and then once it’s reached it’s peak of usability experiments and design fashion states it becomes a circular process much like automobile design.

    I could see in twenty years us thinking web design is so nineties now, etc. We have a long way to go before we start recycling design fads though but I can see it happening like any other form of design.

    That is if it doesn’t all get swallowed up by monolithic social media applications that everyone is using and that everyone feels comfortable navigating.

    We might have a time when actual web design is used more and more as a form o fine art because everyone might be doing everything in social media applications. So at some point there might be a real amazing shift from design towards art because that is what might separate social media from web design.

    Just some thoughts and predictions to ponder. It should be interesting any way it goes down.

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