Anyone share my concerns about where website design is heading? It all seems to be becoming a bit… samey.
Is it due to lists like ‘Top 20 Web Design Trends’, or something else…
You can use CSS2 now, finally!
The impact of the breaking of Internet Explorer’s dominance of the market in 2008, should not be underestimated. It finally allowed the important pioneering work by Opera browser founder and all-round hero, Håkon Wium Lie, to come to fruition.
Microsoft’s refusal to fully adopt CSS2, in version 4, 5, 6 and 7 of Internet Explorer, meant the true power of style sheets(and RWD) got delayed by 10 years.
Web 2.0 – Do It Yourself
Placing all formatting in one CSS file (and using PHP’s ability to dynamically retrieve the latest content), has made building and maintaining websites less labour-intensive.
Developers can now create customised page template layouts (or use an all encompassing pre-built ‘theme’). Sitting on CMS platforms like WordPress (remember Drupal Read More) finally make Web 2.0 a reality.
Recommendation to Front End Developers
Standard grids cope well with any size screen, but they lack hierarchy and impact. Work with graphic designers who have no idea of the challenges of web development. Resist the temptation to educate them on what’s ‘impossible’.
This will push you to write bespoke media queries to adapt layouts for smaller screens, you’d normally avoid. You’ll find some of the constraints you put on yourself are artificial and make you a better coder.