Webdesign verstehen


Unter dem Titel Understanding Web Design hat Jeffrey Zeldmann einen ganz wunderbaren Artikel über den Qualitätsanspruch von Webdesign geschrieben und zieht dabei einen sehr schönen vergleich zur Architektur:

The architect creates planes and grids that facilitate the dynamic behavior of people. Having designed, the architect relinquishes control. Over time, the people who use the building bring out and add to the meaning of the architect’s design.

Im Gegensatz zu anderen, klassischen Gestaltungsdisziplinen, steht die Interaktion und permanente Weiterentwicklung im Vordergrund:

Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity.

Gleichzeitig auch das Verständnis und Erkennen von zentralen Gemeinsamkeiten, deren Integration die Nutzbarkeit immens erhöht:

The experienced web designer, like the talented newspaper art director, accepts that many projects she works on will have headers and columns and footers. Her job is not to whine about emerging commonalities but to use them to create pages that are distinctive, natural, brand-appropriate, subtly memorable, and quietly but unmistakably engaging.

Weiterlesen bitte hier, bei A List Apart.

In diesem Zusammenhang auch sehr interessant: Do Canonical Web Designs Exist?

When a web site works, on the other hand, you’re using it to do something. You might be looking for your next favorite book on Amazon, or searching for a critical piece of information on Google. You’re using the web site…interacting with it, having an experience that, contrary to logos, involves you. You are inputting information, asking questions, getting answers.

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