Help me outta my wump (web design slump)
August 13, 2014 9:57 AM Subscribe
I've designed web sites for years, but lately I'm finding it has become increasingly difficult. I think this has much to do with prevailing design and technology trends -- which apparently don't agree with me.
posted by ecorrocio to Work & Money (6 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I've been making sites since back in the early HTML days, though I am primarily a graphic designer. My code skills (HTML, CSS) have always "just enough." Back when, I'd work up some looks for a site in Photoshop or Illustrator, and then figure out how to craft it into a functioning site.
Several years ago I started working with Wordpress, since all my clients required some sort of admin access. I now build sites with a Wordpress framework theme (Headway). I don't generally use pre-designed themes because they seem to limit, and I like to think I'm designing the site.
Lately, though, I'm really finding the design process hard and frustrating. Seems the days of unique web design are gone and soooo many sites now have roughly the same paradigm. I've been spending a ton of time doing things that are not very productive designwise - shopping the right plugins, trying to get them to work, messing with the framework etc. And for whatever reason, this does not work with my design mojo. I think my old process worked well for me (ie. sketch it out and make a design), but currently everything is so driven by Wordpress/Headway/Plugins and the prevailing design trends that I don't know how to work design into the mix. These days, my role seems to be more of a site "cobbler-togetherer," and it's not working for me.
Designers and Web Gurus (particularly the more "aged" ones): Have you experienced this? Is there a workaround for you?