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    SitePoint Enthusiast atsa's Avatar
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    I think web design will never die as it is the way you present yourself online. Templates can't work everywhere, they are good for a small brochure site (not for big brands) but if you want a complete store and unique design than only professional can deliver this.

    But yes one thing is sure that designer with incomplete knowledge and less of technical knowledge about web and its standards will have to go off the field because of increasing no. of designers and only best will manage to raise the flag of success. It's just my personal opinion, I also want to know what do you people think about this ?

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    Web design is not dying, oh noooo. It is evolving.

    Wordpress and Drupal do provide great templates, that look really pretty, and based upon these templates someone competent with photographic software can alter the templates to create their own brand of uniqueness.

    This suits an average joe who wants to get his writing out there, or a small business that wants an online store. It makes it so much easier for a tech savvy writer or small business operator to present their product. For those that are not tech savvy, it's pretty easy to hire someone on good rates to assemble a site.

    These products are not reducing the work of a web designer, it is increasing the audience that can make most of the web.

    Web design is not merely drawing some nice pictures and slapping them into a template. Web design also involves the following
    - Analysing and understanding what the client wants from a web site
    - Designing the information architecture (the layout of a page, and the layout of the site, to best suit the needs of the business and site visitor)
    - Incorporating brand awareness into the site
    - Consideration of the site as a part of a greater product and brand marketing strategy
    - Functional design - desiging specific functions for the site, that may not be available from a pre-built module.

    I agree that for individuals and small business this is overkill, but for larger companies with much larger needs for what they want their web site to be, the need for good design is not dying, it is becoming more critical.

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    Evolving yes. Perfet description.

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    Anyone thinking web design is a dying art obviously isn't involved in mainstream commercial web development. There's an entire universe outside the walls of sitepoint and 99designs, and templates and CMS's only represent a tiny percentile of the marketplace, and even then its not quite the same market as commercial web design.

    You need to remember that if two hundred thousand small businesses (a very big number) use templates, CMS's or blogs for their web marketing, thats still only a number relative to a country with a population under 5 million. Its a very big world, and more of it goes www every day.

    A colleague of mine just finished doing a custom wordpress "site" for a client in the middle of no where, with 20 or so custom designed pages, and earned an absolute bucket load for the design work. So in regard to blogs like wordpress, its quite likely that its actually "created more" design work for commercial web designers, rather than taking it away. Clients see how easy it is to manage their content and then some eventually end up wanting a custom design. If it hadn't been for wordpress offering simplicity in the first place, some wouldn't be on the web at all.

    So templates, blogs and cms's, are all very good starting points to get businesses onto the web, and after a while, some will be wanting to look different to everyone else, and thats where commercial web designers fit in, "on top" of those wanting complete custom web solutions.


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    It is not dying but it is changing, as stated in the first post designers needed to learn about every little thing. But that didn't change. Sure there are more amateurs and people that learn the quick way but the web is evolving and regular users / visitors are learning too so a nice ready-made design is not the end of this market. One thing that a lot of the web design guys are lacking of is navigation for example. Web design is not only a nice design, it must work ok, be friendly, easy to navigate, should be easy to update without making a mess... the list goes on and on.
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    I can't agree with you. Web design is not dying. It can make people know well you!


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