Understanding Web Design

November 23rd, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Understanding Web Design

We get better design when we understand our medium. Yet even at this late cultural hour, many people don’t understand web design. Among them can be found some of our most distinguished business and cultural leaders, including a few who possess a profound grasp of design—except as it relates to the web.

Jeffrey Zeldman writes a very insightful A List Apart article on the role of web design in the grand scheme of life, and the challenges and tasks we face. Oh, and write down this quote, because it will be around for a while:

Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity.

(Thanks, Stylespion)

2 Responses to “Understanding Web Design”

  1. E.T.Cook says:

    Maybe it is just me, but that quote is a little bit sensationalistic, romantic, and honestly…narcissistic.

    It’s like calling a janitor a “sanitary engineer”.

    You can almost touch yourself while reading that…and think you are God’s gift to mankind.

  2. Jerry says:

    I’ll agree that it feels a little narcissistic. That thought did cross my mind as well. I also think, however, that this might be something the web design field could use. Not arrogance, but a healthy portion of self-esteem. The article reads like a manifest of sorts. Zeldman is right when he says web design is misunderstood and under-appreciated: there seems to be an ongoing perception, especially by the “classic” media folks, that web design is “lesser” design. And with that I heartily disagree. I think the article nicely puts things into perspective.


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