The Survival of the Fittest in Web Design
May 21, 2004
May has turned out to be quite the month for redesigns. I just finished the redesign of Dreambuilders.com, having been a few years since the last one I did. This one, of course, uses the finest ingredients, css and xhtml. There is some flash planned in the future, but that is not ripe yet. The goal was to create a more organized site that emphasizes the corporate side of the company. We shifted the focus to their corporate services and products and moved away from the dreambuilders bookstore as the main emphasis. The bookstore is still there, yet to be redesigned, if you still want to the get those “brite tag” name tags. Nonetheless, Dreambuilders.com is still evolving and always will be.
Dreambuilders.com was one of my first websites and it is quite nostalgic to take a look back at the dreambuilders scrapbook and how it has grown up (somehow archive.org only has from the year 2000, dreambuilders started in 1998). Many things have changed since then and the web is rapidly evolving. Richard MacManus wrote up a great history on The Evolution of Corporate Web Sites that is worth your read. He points out how web design has evolved in the past decade from the browser wars, to sticky sites (I remember that one, here was my attempt at sticky), to HTML hacks, to today. So I say, let the web evolve, change and evolve to 300 dpi screens, like Jakob N. predicts. Remember, it is the survival of the fittest that will be naturally selected in the end.