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Is Good Design the Same as No Design?

Is Good Design the Same as No Design?
Published November 8, 2010 by Jenn Soloway Comments: 2

There’s a debate brewing lately over the concept of removing design from the web altogether. With increased options for consuming content, the focus has turned from making sure every pixel of the design is consistent across the available media to making sure the overall experience is consistent. For some, the answer seems to lie in producing work that is design-free, allowing the content to speak for itself.

Sounds great, right? Well, as a designer I know you know that I would have some pretty strong feelings about this debate. It’s not that I disagree with the end goal, just that I feel that what is often mistaken for an absence of design is really near-perfect execution of transparent design.

I highly recommend giving this article illustrating why design can’t be removed from the equation a read >>


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2 Responses to “Is Good Design the Same as No Design?”

  1. Jennifer Soloway said:

    It is an ignorant argument. What is really going on in those “undesigned” sites is implementation of the basic foundations – typography, white space, size, juxtaposition, etc. It’s odd that we’ve moved into an age where if we see something that is DESIGNED by the very definition, but not cluttered with decoration, we see it as being just thrown up there to get the content out.

  2. Joshua K Gibbs said:

    Well, I feel that’s an ignorant argument. You can’t “not design” something. Everything has a shape and form.

    Also, in light of the new Google updates, design is going to be the second most influential factor in determining if someone will click your site on a SERP: http://www.copyblogger.com/google-instant-preview/