SXSW 2010: Is WordPress Killing Web Design

Is WordPress killing web design? Leading creatives from the world of web design debate whether CMS tools have made designers lazy, and created a new set of design conventions that designers feel obliged to follow.

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  • Super video

  • Interesting observation!

  • good fucking point.

  • You obviously did not even watch the video

  • This is nothing but a bunch of jealousy

  • WordPress is allowing amateurs to enter the market because they can target people on a low budget that professionals don’t really want to spend time with. That is a good thing, students can get sites together quickly and earn a little. Problem is, too many so called professionals, the guys that say they have years of experience, are failing to come up with unique themes/designs/templates. I don’t think it is CMS like WordPress that is effecting those developers.

  • What a paranoid question.

    If someone wants WordPress, he will go for it. It is just a tool, and anyone is free to use it.

    Where is the problem?

    Oh I see…you don’t like the fact that web designers has LOST the exlusive access to the public so they can charge them a lot of money for every little effort 😀

    Don’t worry, it’s not just wordpress: there is Joomla, Elgg, etc. etc. LOL

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  • I’m glad they worked it out…

  • WordPress works if it’s providing your client the kind of CMS they need – however, if there’s not enough or too much control available then a more personalized CMS is the way to go. As for design, it comes down to personal choice for platforms, time and end results. Building out of Sandbox is not much different than Dreamweaver, BBEdit, etc.

  • I personally hate dreamweaver for the same reason; however, while it is true that WordPress does make it easier for novices to do web (which is a good thing!), it also true that WP offers designers a challenge – using it to power our sites and bring our designs to life. For me it has also been a stepping stone into learning PHP and now into Ruby.

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  • I agree that WordPress/Drupal/etc are just tools. If you allow yourself to be limited by a tool, then you limit your abilities. But the great thing is that WordPress and Drupal can be customized. So if you don’t like the way things work out of the box, they can always be changed. But that’s where having a strong developer along side a designer comes into play.

  • Think the saying: ‘blame the workman not his tools’ comes into play here!

  • I hate wordpress! I also hate programs like dreamweaver. When I first started learning the languages for web developing it was almost pointless, knowing that dreamweaver anyway could give me all the templates I needed, so css was a waste of time, xhtml also. WordPress is just a way for amateurs to be able to do what I spent a lot of time studying to do.

  • Then go do that instead of trolling

  • Web design is a field for lazy people in the first place. I can’t believe what some of these lazy people charge for nothing. I for one, do it in my spare time because I can’t justify charging people exorbitant amounts for nothing. I’d rather create something physical than a fleeting pile of pixels.

  • WordPress is making things easy for the end user. Managing a website without technical understanding was a challenge for years. WordPress changed a lot of things for the better. If anything, even wordpress is not there yet. But it is way better than software based web design.

  • I totally agree with your comment…

  • Using wordpress as my cms website is because my clients able to update the content by themselves. Not the reason for us to become lazy.

  • Agreeing with a quote I read somewhere “WordPress puts food on my table” period.

  • @mimeans it’s programs like Artisteer that ARE killing web design. It’s got its purpose, that’s for sure, but it’s the reason that so many WordPress sites look like WordPress sites.

    There’s a give and take on the web between nice looking and customizable – for the most part you can’t have your cake and eat it too – which is why sites that all share a popular framework (at least, 99% of them) look the same – WordPressy.

    it’s not bad – Mediocre designers / marketers-turned-designers make it bad

  • Look for an inexpensive program called Artisteer, it’s a bit like a WYSIWYG theme designer for many CMS systems. It is far from perfect, but it will get you headed in the right direction.

  • The use of WordPress has allowed me to continue to find decent work in this crappy economy. My clients are thrilled with the idea that they can (somewhat) manage their own website and save themselves some serious business cash.