Modern Day, Modular Web Design is Like a Monumental Lego Project That Requires Organization, Planning, Management, and Teamwork

Web design in Today’s World

Web design has evolved rapidly from the days of early Facebook, when middle and high-schoolers gushed over the new online platform that blew their minds, quickly after they created a new account.

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They felt a sense of raw freedom and independence, as their impressionable, not yet fully matured, adolescent souls squealed to be heard on digital media, delighted by this new advancement in technology.

But if Facebook was cool, then the milestones that programming made in the next decade were super-cool, as web applications sprang up, inspired by the new social media engine.

As hastily constructed web pages, and applications sprang up all around the inter-web, engineers realized the potential that the web held. Today, talented UI/UX designers and engineers are sought around the world to work on applications.

These applications are complex tools that have rapidly changed the web.  Flaky, cutesy web pages have faded from mainstream culture, as UI/UX design has emerged, quickly gaining in momentum and popularity.  The need for intelligent, cutting-edge designers and developers has grown enormously, and today, having a good UX/UI means more $$$$$ all around, and greater profits.

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Modern web design involves UI/UX, and looking into any modern design studio, you will find designers crowded around a huge portfolio of work spanning several computers. These designs are key to building the world’s newest products, that everyday users gush over for countless hours, and house designs like the one below.

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But planning, organization, management and teamwork is really really really important…

Having worked on an application’s creative team, I have learned a lot about designing and developing applications.  UI/UX web design involves structuring web content in a hierarchical fashion, to address users needs.  Modern websites are designed by UI/UX Designers who are familiar with front-end engineers responsibilities, and have a good understanding of website dynamics.  Web pages which are designed with high consideration of their users are responsive, compatible-across various browser windows: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

They can be viewed with ease on different devices.  Applications like Netflix, for example, can be viewed on different devices and are tested with Google’s Developer Tools. See different views of Netflix.com being inspected, below.

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The design of Netflix is elegant, the varied structures and squares are flexibly nested together, into the masterpiece that is the nation’s most popular television application.

Modern web design can be likened to legos  (Zhang, 2017).  In a typical full-fledged lego project, a finished result is expected and illustrated on a manual for an enormous, beautiful ship.

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There are different lego pieces involved in building the masterpiece which is the finished project.  Similarly, UI/UX designs for modern-day mobile-desktop applications involve assembling modular software components together to create a beautiful, functional application.

In order to create a highly functional application, designers should have a good understanding of responsive web design, CSS, bootstrap, and other design libraries that will be used to style the skeleton of an a modern day html5 application (Zhang, 2017).

Similar to the basic framework of an enormous lego project, a front-end engineer lays down the skeleton for the entire project using html or html5 code (for AngularJS), and adds the necessary stylesheets.  With a solid designer, the designs for mobile to desktop are all in place, as is the stylesheets, and libraries that will be used consistently throughout the project.  The designer is satisfied with the designs and the team members meet to finalize the designs, like the manufacturers of a ship verify the designs before the ship moves on to the building phase.

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The engineers work steadily to build out the pages and style them with the style guides set out by the designers, and the back-end engineers build out the API’s and server-side connection.  With good organization and talented engineers, the team finishes the application within the given time frame.

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Works Cited

Zhang, Samantha. “Learning from Lego: A Step Forward in Modular Web Design.” Medium. Feb. 17, 2017. https://medium.com/5000-things/learning-from-lego-a-step-forward-in-modular-web-design. Accessed November 15 2017.

Web Design in 2017

Web Design is Now Component Based Software Design

Web design in the modern era involves building components from top programming languages like AngularJS.  Creating components that can be used in large-scale, and responsive applications requires engineers’ and UI designers to put together different components into a code base.  Today html5 is used to create modern web and mobile applications.  Html5 is the skeleton of these applications, and programming languages like AngularJS and ReactJS, C#, Java and other traditional object-oriented programming languages are used to give the software functionality.  AngularJS and AngularJS work together to enable advanced styling of modern html5 applications that can work in various places without constant issues and troubleshooting from it teams.

Today skilled and successful developers are quickly able to take software components and put them together, collaboratively, to make agile software that is can be improved over many years and becomes more efficient over time.  Software developers that are on top of modern UI/UX strategies can easily build responsive components on top of htm5 templates, which are styled with the newest and best styling technologies, removing the time and need for tacky and incompetent web designers that are from the the late 90’s.  With the new boom in technology, as New York works hard to parallel Silicon Valley, developers that can quickly and artfully assemble complicated software using high-tech are in great demand.

Web design is a field that is extinct, and has been taken over by engineering. Engineering technology for people who need to use it quickly without errors is the job of software developers in major fortune 500 companies.  Building and testing this technology is a process which the world’s most talented engineers work on for many hours a day, and the advanced, complex softwares the build have in 2017 taken over the web.  Major website development in NYC is now about engineering, and tacky and lousy web designers are fading from the mainstream market, as engineers from the valley crowd into the tech alley. New York’s Google building in Chelsea is a great example of this transformation that the world is undergoing, as major tech companies buy space in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.

NYC is now a major hub for tech and software developers.  In a the next few years, major Silicon valleys will crowd into downtown Manhattan as tech goes to places where it can never go back, changing the entire climate of America’s metropolitan city.

Old and crummy WordPress websites vie for a place like unwanted garbage inside America’s major cities, as talented software developers quickly transform the new rocket economy building lightning speed components, which look classier and sleeker than ever before.

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The new era requires web designers which are talented in industrial UX/UI design, and can “put stuff together that works”.  Software development is a collaborative effort in 2017 that doesn’t look fondly upon short-cuts and cheap fixes, but beautiful, streamlined work that shows workmanship and dedication.  Real clients are willing to pay big money for these real projects.

Instagram Founder, Kevin Systrom, Marketing at it’s best!

Instagram Founder, Kevin Systrom, Marketing at it’s best!

Kevin Systrom, with no training in programming took a simple idea and within 18-months turned it into a billion dollar dream come true. Inspiration that nothing is impossible to achieve. Hard work, determination and word of mouth goes a long way!

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Article from TheNextWeb.

Instagram‘s CEO, Kevin Systrom, will go down in history as one of the greatest Silicon Valley success stories of our generation. Unlike Mark Zuckerberg, the man responsible for acquiring the popular photo sharing app for $1 billion, Systrom received no formal engineering training.

Systrom, an active user on Quora, is a largely self-taught programmer. While working in the marketing department at Nextstop, which Facebook acquired in 2010, he would spend his evenings learning to program. According to Systrom, small projects included combining elements of Foursquare with Mafia Wars.

Systrom explains on Quora:

The story starts when I worked at Nextstop. While I was there working in marketing, I started doing more and more engineering at night on simple ideas that helped me learn how to program (I don’t have any formal CS degree or training). One of these ideas was combining elements of foursquare (check-ins) with elements of Mafia Wars (hence the name Burbn). I figured I could build a prototype of the idea in HTML5 and get it to some friends. Those friends ended up using the prototype without any branding elements or design at all. I spent weekends working on improving the prototype for my friends.

At a party for the Hunch folks I ran into a bunch of people who would basically make starting Burbn a reality. At that party were two people from Baseline Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. I showed the prototype, and we decided we’d meet up for coffee to talk about it. After the first meeting, I decided to take the dive and leave my job to go solo and see if Burbn could be a company. Within two weeks of leaving, I raised $500k from both Baseline and Andreessen Horowitz, and started work on finding a team.

Thanks to Codecademy and the like, there are growing numbers of self-taught programmers in Silicon Valley. Instagram’s success will augment the enthusiasm for learning to code. And Systrom may prove to be an inspiration for this new generation of budding entrepreneurs – one they can actually relate to.