The age-old battle between web development and web design is world renowned. We always like to enforce the fact that one cannot exist without the other however despite this the whole web industry always finds a way to pit them against one another. Lately, we have seen an influx of design blogs talking about how functionality kills web design creativity. So, as we’re an agency of developers as well as designers we thought we’d test the waters of this debate and give you our own unbiased opinion.
The short answer.
We’d firstly like to start this article off with a definitive answer for you all. So does functionality kill web design creativity? No, it doesn’t.
The slightly longer answer.
Why do we think this? Well, as we’ve said above when it comes to the web industry, design cannot exist without development and development cannot exist without design. However, that doesn’t mean that two cannot come into conflict with one another from time to time. Sometimes a design and idea are mocked up but then have to be changed to accommodate the code. Or vice versa. But, when the project is being carried out professionally, we know that this is not curbing functionality or killing creativity. This is just a simple compromise that helps the project move forward in a more productive way.
The even longer answer.
So are we saying that compromising and changing one’s designs isn’t killing creativity? Yes, we are! That’s because the creativity of a design is not the most important part of a website, neither is the code. They are both equal therefore stamping our feet about having to change a design slightly so that the correct code can be put in place is ridiculous. Besides, having to align our design with certain code requirements can, in fact, make us more creative because we are being forced to see the design from a perspective other than the designers. However, it’s pretty important to remember that this principle applies to developers too. We shouldn’t throw a tantrum because we have to change our code slightly.
The final word.
Basically, we think that majority of those arguments out on the web are from designers who maybe got a little bit burnt by a web developer. Maybe their design just wasn’t viable. It’s a fact that some designs are just not practical, just like some code isn’t practical. So overall folks, we’d say functionality doesn’t kill web design creativity. It actually enhances it.