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Design by Example
For as much as can be learned in Forums, How-to’s, books of course, and all of the other ways that a person can be taught to do something, much about learning to produce a good design comes from simple observation. I imagine the Web Designer as one who is constantly changing his or her approach to style– whether consciously, or not. I believe that an important element in this ever-changing process is the observation of existing style. Recognizing consistency is a key factor to effectively maximize the educational quality of any such observations. To Learn how to design well, one must be able to recognize how another designer might have appropriated the technique of yet another designer.
Stagnation Elimination: a Natural Process
Inevitably, technique, method, style, color, templates, layout– whatever the particular facet of Design might be, there was the first, and then all the others which came after. Learning to exercise the stagnate, and welcome the methods of another into one’s own technique isn’t always easy. Creative minds typically do not find pleasure in stealing, or even to the smallest degree, resembling the creativity of their contemporaries. Artists want to be original, and create original things. The problem with this ideology is when too much of it causes stagnation. It is the designer who is able to go beyond his own ego, to accept it that he may not need to re-invent the wheel in order to design a beautiful wheelbarrow. And these are the Designers who are able to move most efficiently into breaking the ground of tomorrow.
I think. It’s an idea. it sounded good at the time. I was observing the Mozilla.com web site. I recognized the similarity between the Global navigation of the top-right of Mozilla-dot-com, and that of AlexKing.org. The web sites as their respective whole are not similar, but this element shares similar characteristics.
I want to come back to this page and keep a running log of such discoveries. I think it will be valuable to observe the many ways in which creative Designers are using standard technique, whether consciously or without knowing, and how each of them have implemented it into these elements into the sum of their web sites’s respective style. so, thus begins my list:
Quality Web Design in Comparison:
Do the following examples illustrate that there has been such a linear evolution in web design; that the Web Standards Evangelists have been so effective in their persuasion over the development community that to recognize any similarities in design or layout is to affirm that a Standardized Technique is beginning to surface in global capacity?
When we recognize commonalities in so many web site layouts, should we applaud it as Good Practice in the use of Web Standards, or is it nothing more than stale coffee– at best, flattery for the creative originals– but to be drank as if we knew no better a brew, and fancied neither a change in flavour?
Global Web Site Navigation