One of the most beautiful things about the web is that it’s constantly changing. While these changes and improvements can be overwhelming, Chris Coyier is here to help us get caught up!
First I want to thank Chris Coyier for taking the time out of his busy schedule to do an interview for Dolody.
Q 1. Do you have any thoughts or predictions about design trends that may become more popular or significant in the next 2 years?
The profession of web design is beginning to mature. In the coming years we’ll see people entering the field who are spending less time struggling with what we are able to do, and instead just building websites with all the amazing things we can already do. They’ll be focusing on users and how they experience the sites (what designers should be doing) because so many of the struggles of the past now have good solutions. How do you make accessible sites? How do you collaborate best with other coders? How do you deal with cross browser issues? All these questions have really good answers now.
Q 2. Are there any new web design techniques that you learned or developed in 2011 that stand out to you as being especially useful?
Obviously responsive design has been huge and is incredibly useful. Personally, I’ve been using version control for everything which is tremendously useful for team work. I’ve switched over to using CSS preprocessors for everything which has been great as well.
Q 3. Are there any current design trends that you would like to go away?
I can’t think of any particular design style right now that is tiresome. I remember things like “glossy logos” that got really old really quick, but I can’t think of a similar example going on now. I’d like bad attitudes to go away.
Q 4. Choose 1 aspect of design you give the highest priority to and why:
- Standards, Accessibility
I’m not sure there is any need to pick one as the most important. They are all important. If we had to start ranking, I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who thinks typography is more important than content. Even a typography nerd would agree with that. Good websites need everything on that list and more. They need to make an emotional connection. They need to work on lots of devices. They need to be fast. I also think different members of teams can be responsible for different parts, so long as you work together well. If I were to put on my designer-only hat, I’d say I’d focus on communication first, making sure whatever I’m designing clearly explains why it’s there. Then the rest of those problems are either already solved or come directly afterward.
Q 5. Is there any new technology that you’re excited about?
The internet itself is the most exciting thing to me. Internet connection, that is. We need to get the whole world on blazingly fast internet no matter who you are or where you live. That’s what’s going to drive the web forward. More people using it and more minds thinking about it. Whether that’s WiMAX or draping the world in more fiber connections or re-using broadcast signals as internet or whatever, the world needs better internet connections.
Chris Coyier is the force behind CSS-Tricks, currently working at Wufoo and SurveyMonkey‘s Lead Hucklebucker.
He started recently a live web design and development podcast “ShopTalkShow” about front end web design.