You Will Choose Old Or New?
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
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.
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
by : Drew Shardlow
Thanks Mr. Drew Shardlow give us a new idea for web