So we’re nearly a month into 2011 and about time I posted my first blog of the year. As the year arrived, one made resolutions to break and, in the process, thoughts of previous resolution failures/successes come back to mind.
One aspect that every year this author makes [apart from maybe competing in the l'Étape], is a list of various web design aspects to learn, handpicked from the maze of new technologies/applications out there. I won’t list these as only my dog and I discuss this [the only one that listens]. But yes, 2011 has been no different in that the list contains a variety of new applications to learn and divulge into the working day.
All are new hurdles to conquer. But one thing that I found myself asking over the past six months and again with the turning of the new year, is, will web design as a profession become specialised?
As a web designer, we continually vie with many roles and tasks. What used to be just HTML, CSS and designing static brochure sites for the world wide web [on desktops] has now extended to designing web-enabled solutions for mobile devices, web apps, rich internet application (RIA) interfaces, content management systems (CMS) and much more. Our task is to produce compatible designs that carry a website’s brand across all platforms and situations, establishing a company’s brand whether it’s being viewed on an Android smartphone, iPad or the plain old desktop monitor.
So in 2011 will we need to distribute these duties so that we can specialise and exceed in definite area? In the future, there will be greater configuration of the role of web designer. Right now a web designer can be a jack of all trades, ranging from the traditional website designer, to multimedia design, to apps and mobile apps, to social media producer - all congregated under the same umbrella.
Just as the profession of being a doctor and the field of medicine are branched out into sub-fields such as pharmacology or pediatrics, we may see a similar division in the field of web design, an evolution of this sector.
To me, specialisation roles such as mobile web design, CMS design (such as WordPress/Drupal/Joomla) and RIA design (specifically for social medias) will become a reality and be in demand as we move forward in 2011.