The Power of Design

The Power of Design

What is design? We mostly know a well designed object when we see it, like the recently released Apple Watch. It resonates, it feels useful, it elicits pleasure. And when we come across a bad design, it grates, it doesn’t work and can be down right annoying. Design is a process for creating something and design is the shape, form or fashion of that finished something. When it comes to websites, design is not just in its visual appeal. Design affects or drives all its components. Starting with the visual side, there are the elements and layouts of the website pages. How the navigation works, its menus, dropdowns, iconographic links and its images, photos and graphics. When designing a website there is the part where we identify what needs to be done – its functions. Then with some reflection, we create a particular feel that’s not always predefinable and can be very subjective. Going deeper, the architecture of the code that drives the site can be either an engineering marvel (good design) or a developer’s nightmare (bad design)! Fortunately, Content Management Systems like WordPress have abstracted the essential functions of websites: administration and presentation. WordPress has its own jargon to communicate these abstractions, such as themes, templates, pages, posts, widgets, plugins, and media. WordPress in turn is built on a scripting language (PHP) that sits on the servers and communicates with databases. PHP also had to be designed, the database structure had to be designed, the database language had to be designed. It goes on. A modern web page includes lots of different parts. JavaScript, another scripting language ‘knows’...