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I have been saying this for years...yo Welcome!
I think it's interesting that we're constantly renaming and redefining what it is to be a designer in a human computer interaction space.
What they're really saying is that the job title 'Web Designer' is dead. A UX or UI designer (is 'UI Designer' dead too?) is still designing for the 'web.'
Everyone's always trying to define things and put people in categories. I'm just amazed how quickly job titles are coming and going, and how little everyone knows about what they actually mean.
Design is very much alive across the web.
How can one disagree?
Sites don't need to be so custom anymore. The design of almost all new websites is pretty much the same. It all needs to be laid out in a certain way if you want your content to collapse correctly for mobile devices. Everything's standardized. That's good for content-creation and usability, but not good if you make your money designing websites.
Creativity is decreasing, but the result is a cleaner more functional web. I don't know what to make of it. I feel completely replaceable now (by templates and cheaper "designers"), yet I got what I wished for... a cleaner, prettier web that works.
The only places to experiment seem like promotional websites (new movies, album releases). Temporary stuff. But most of the time people just want some information or to buy something, and standardized websites just work better for that.
I'm considering other career paths (within design). This web design thing isn't going to last forever. Very soon there will be tools out there that give companies easy control to create a nice-looking web presence in a matter of hours/days. Super easy to use web-based drag & drop tools that produce good results. I think it's only a matter of time, and things happen very quickly when it comes to the web.
- There are tools out there now. They're primitive, and results aren't great. But they'll get better no doubt. And the role of web-designer will become obsolete.iCanHazQBN
- They'll still work with templates, like Squarespace. The more flexible they become, the more creative talent will be needed to compete.CyBrainX
Those tools have existed since the mid 90s if not earlier. Frontpage. Homesite. Go live. Somehow designers still have a job. The fact is that it's not the technical skills or tools, it's the taste that matters. Give your average person a pretty template and they will still fuck it up.
Use the new tools. Tell great stories. Use the money you save on not doing custom development to kick ass on the creative direction. Or stand out from the templated masses with a more integrated design that you could never do with a template.
There's never been a better time to be a designer.
I have never been busier, or happier with the tools, technologies available.slappy
- Things are going to continue to get easier for the average user at the low end, but the cutting edge also continues to expand. Hard to see why this is a problemyuekit
- unless you are unable to upgrade your skills.yuekit
- Agreed, we are crazy busy with web design work.breadlegz
- Yeah, sure, at this very moment it's a lot of work. I'm busy too. Though most of the project in the last couple years have been clients who wanted a redesigniCanHazQBN
- ... for the sake of having a responsive site.iCanHazQBN
- ... and that's where the busy-ness has been coming from.iCanHazQBN
absolutely. having all the tedious dev premade means that we can concentrate on what we do best - communication, rather than fighting with the technology
The tools to do interesting stuff are out there, from Angular JS to apps to VR stuff. Problem is, when do you find the time to learn all of that? In the "old" days, many designers were also learning to program in Flash and this led to experimentation with different kinds of interfaces.
Today roles are much more specialized, work takes place within more segmented corporate structures. There are still people who are multidisciplinary, but for many they will likely stay on a single focus and career track. I think creativity and new ideas often comes from merging different disciplines.