The problem with Web 2.0 Design

Web 2.0 is the quirky title given to the way in which developers and users have used the web since 2004 to present; and I haven’t got a problem with that. I have a problem with the overuse of web 2.0 design. Now there are design trends that come and go, and I am someone who really hopes that this particular one would just go away. It seems that many designers these days create a plethora of similar designs all based on this so called standard – all glossy buttons and sans-serif fonts.

Now that doesn’t mean to say I’m totally against this style of design. But what I am against is people who just mimic the style and call it their own original design. I might be wrong here, but I feel that this design trend has caused laziness amongst the design community, causing many designers to just add some gloss and get rid of an element or two. What I don’t like are sites that are incredibly upfront about their web 2.0 style, the ones with a huge amount of glossy buttons and no really design originality.

An upcoming trend is that of simplicity and I for one hope that it aids the destruction of web 2.0 style sites. I just feel like saying to all of these people who copy a million and one tutorials on glossy sites to go and get some design sense!

@ElliotJayStocks has talked about this subject quite a lot and he too believes that Web 2.0 must die!

What I am saying is that in a way this style of design is making the design community stupider, think about it, so many clients will ask for a web 2.0 style site without really understanding what it means.

This isn’t really much of a post, more of a rant, but I just wanted to make clear that I hate web 2.0 – and you should too! That is all.