If you follow Smashing Magazine, as I do, then you are probably familiar with last week’s highly commented articles debating what the future might have in store for web designers.
For your reference:
Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers? (original article)
I Want To Be A Web Designer When I Grow Up (follow up article)
Cameron Chapman suggests that due to the recent surge of mobile apps and other content curators (Google, Twitter, Facebook) the future for web designers is glum and that demand for web designers will wane.
It is an interesting topic and I wanted to add to the discussion with some quick thoughts:
Cameron might have had better luck with a slightly modified title: “Does the Future of the Internet Have Room for Web Design?”
Consumers will go where the best experience is. Look at the movie industry. Consumers found a better experience watching movies at home on their large HD screes, Blue Ray players, and Dolby surround sound. Theaters fought back with 3D… and now with 3D tvs at home, the battle continues. If you want to attract consumers to your website, create a better experience.
Generally, a good designer transcends multiple mediums or will evolve as necessary. If you consider yourself solely a web designer the possibility does exist that demand for you will disappear (see: typesetting).