Deep Thought

The problem with Web 2.0 Design

Web 2.0 is the quirky title given to the way in which developers and users have used the web since 2004 to present; and I haven't got a problem with that. I have a problem with the overuse of web 2.0 design. Now there are design trends that come and go, and I am someone who really hopes that this particular one would just go away. It seems that many designers these days create a plethora of similar designs all based on this so called standard - all glossy buttons and sans-serif fonts.

Now that doesn't mean to say I'm totally against this style of design. But what I am against is people who just mimic the style and call it their own original design. I might be wrong here, but I feel that this design trend has caused laziness amongst the design community, causing many designers to just add some gloss and get rid of an element or two. What I don't like are sites that are incredibly upfront about their web 2.0 style, the ones with a huge amount of glossy buttons and no really design originality.

An upcoming trend is that of simplicity and I for one hope that it aids the destruction of web 2.0 style sites. I just feel like saying to all of these people who copy a million and one tutorials on glossy sites to go and get some design sense!

@ElliotJayStocks has talked about this subject quite a lot and he too believes that Web 2.0 must die!

What I am saying is that in a way this style of design is making the design community stupider, think about it, so many clients will ask for a web 2.0 style site without really understanding what it means.

This isn't really much of a post, more of a rant, but I just wanted to make clear that I hate web 2.0 - and you should too! That is all.

By Tom

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