You Will Choose Old Or New?

Answer: We Need A Standard.



The World Wide Web has entered all our lives in some shape or form. It is established. It works (most of the times). But it is still far away from even approaching its full potential. Its time for the next great leap forward.

Anyone who has ever logged onto the internet knows that there is still a lot that is wrong with it. A new frustration awaits around every corner: browser incompatibility, servers down, missing plug-ins. If you ask any designer, "what is the one thing you would like to see happen on the internet?" , time and time agian the same request comes back: consistency and standardization. Web designers are forced to create their own standards and conventions (640by480 screens, Netscape 3 and Shockwave being a common minimum). As it is now, pages look different on almost every computer they are viewed on. Designers are wasting endless amounts of precious time trying to translate their design to all the various platforms. Designers want what could be termed "What you See Is What You Get.", a system by which the typeface, colours and everything else that is determined by the designer appear as they were intended rather than, as now, being customized.

There is a growing feeling that a lot of the technical problems currently experienced by web designers could be addressed by breaking down the barriers between designer and programmer.

The two disciplines have, at times, eyed each other suspiciously. Designers stand accused of failing to fully eploit the myriad features of software programs because they lack the programming knowledge neccessary to understand what they are capable of. Instead of blaming tools for what they cannot do, the argument goes. However, this can lead to situations where the creators of a site are more concerned with showcasing their technical skills than building a successful solution to their clients needs. Sites feature every latest flash trick just because designers want the world to know that they are up to date with the latest developments, know how to use the program and are excited about finding an excuse to use it.

GOING DOWN THIS ROAD CAN LEAD TO THE PROBLEM OF AESTHETICS BEING DRIVEN BY TECHNOLOGY: EVERYTHING STARTS TO LOOK THE SAME BECAUSE EVERYONE IS USING THE SAME PROGRAMS. TRENDS ARE SET BY THE MACROMEDIA AND ADOBES OF THE WORLD AND NOT BY THE DESIGNERS FINDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS.

If the solution to information overload is to be found visual representation of data, and if the future of data delivery, in whatever form, is via the internet, then discovering that visual language is going to be the single most important task facing designers in the new millennium.

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written by : Drew Shardlow


Thanks Mr. Drew Shardlow give us a new idea for web design.











 

 


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