EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, something comes down the pike that makes you just kinda shake your head and wonder: “What were they thinking?”
A mini-storm blew through the design trade about a month ago, with the introduction of ready-media, a set of page design templates that promises “Quality design, now accessible to all.”
And the design community has reacted—more like over-reacted. Comments range from “no, thanks” to “you gotta be insane!” to “what’s all the fuss about?” to “it’s Armageddon for design!”
Frankly, I don’t have a dog in this hunt—but it is fun to sit on the sidelines and watch the “dezyneurs” and the dilettantes have at it.
Occasionally, I will prepare a set of Page 1 models for clients. I purposely call these “models” and not “templates” because I suggest to my clients that they use these to generate ideas, not follow them precisely.
If you want to read more about the ready-media dust-up, some links follow. But then, you might just have something more productive to do—like picking coins out of the sofa.
And…thanks to blog contributor Lauri Shillings for sending along her alert on this a couple of weeks ago. I had read about it just a day or two earlier, but it’s good to hear from others on issues like this!