These comments are in regards to the SitePoint.com article 'Debate - Design Is Dead!'.
Alright! Sitepoint likes to live dangerously, kicking off discussions like this
Background-wise I'm coming from the same angle as tdev: a developer not a designer.
Overall, I agree with many of the points he makes but I think it's "design innovation" not design itself that's dead.
Plagurism, user expectations and costs have stream lined websites into a number of expectable formats. The measure of design ability is how much you're able to make a site look like one of the "big names".
Originality and innovation have gone though and perhaps that's no surprise. Over 10 years almost all formats have been tried and the ones that survived are the ones people like. If you design an original site now, you've probably designed a site that will drive people away.
But that's a developers point of view. If you head over to the home page of the worlds favorite web server: http://www.apache.org/ - you'll find a sameful amount of times new roman being employed. That's probably why guys like me don't get asked what we think on this subject.