Having Fun with Web Design (Again).
Lately, in an attempt to challenge the existing notions of web design, I’ve been planning and sketching out ideas for the redesign of this blog. And then earlier today, I realized one thing: that two weeks (or rather, two weekends) have passed and I’m still at the brainstorming phase and have created next to nothing, except this:
That’s when I came to the realization that I’m been trapped by the conventions of the process of modern web design. Despite my assertions that the Web can be simpler, I’ve inadvertently subjected myself to the tendency of following a complicated design process, something that’s been instigated and fueled on by commerce. On top of it, by telling myself from the beginning that the redesign is for a blog, I’ve limited my imagination and subjected my ideas to the structure of a blog.
But I want my ideas to be freer.
Yes, I told myself that the web can be simple and random and childlike and slow and everything, but I am not walking the talk. No doubt my professional experience has something to do with it, but as a web designer and programmer, I should know better. I should know that web design has come to the point when it has lost its innocence and became too structured for my liking. Worse, the increasingly complicated technologies has created such a high hurdle that it seems web design is now out of bounds for everyone but the professionals: the engineers, the graphic designers, the UX experts, the product managers, the businesses with big money…
And I want to change that.
Or rather, I want to alert the world to the fact the web design can and should stay free and open to all. I want to alert everyone to the fact that creating webpages doesn’t have to be complicated and that anyone with a little bit of time on their hands can make it a hobby. I want the non-professionals to realize that web design can be fun and non-profitable and it’s not exclusive to the businesses. And I want the professionals to not forget the fact that web design doesn’t have to be stifling and complicated.
Web design can be fun and non-profitable, and it’s not exclusive to businesses.
And I’m going to start off by forgetting about my blog and my portfolio and my fictions and my professional experience and start afresh. I’m going to start having fun with web design and stop assuming I need to use the latest technologies and write a massive amount of code to create anything at all, the way web professionals do these days. Most importantly, by showing that I can create something fun and unique and random with the simplest code, I want to encourage the amateurs to start building another chunk of the Web, one that’s not subjected to the balance sheets of businesses and pride of professionals. I want to encourage the amateurs and hobbyists to start trying and failing, over and over again, the way businesses and professionals can’t. And I want us to show the world that the Web can be more than social and shopping, it can be a giant canvas showcasing all the creative possibilities humans can dream (and code) up.
I’m probably crazy to believe that will happen, but why shouldn’t I believe?
From now on, I’m going to start creating quick, small webpages that are the results of my random thoughts and ideas. They should remain accessible—and thus open to all—and ideally created within a short spurt of time, with minimal code, for spontaneity. I like to think of each of these webpages as sketches on a sketchpad, a free form of exercise. And over time, ideally, these “sketches” should reflect the personality of its creator (i.e. me), the way artworks do. And if these exercises in spontaneity and creativity should “click” with someone else and even inspire them to do something similar, then I’ll be most glad. Until then, I’ll treat it as a hobby, an exercise in self-gratification.
Alright, enough of the talk. Let’s get started.