This post will be composed of all the positive and negative things in web design that I think are worth mentioning. You may agree or not with the list and please complete it with your own Love-Hate things. So here are my 2 lists with the things I find rewarding and the things I detest in Web Design.
Things I Love in Web Design:
1. Web Design Community Sites
With sites like A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, Digital Web or Envato Tuts network it is pretty hard not to love web design.
2. Content Management Systems
CMS have been the engine of web design in the last 2 years helping the Internet to evolve rapidly. There are so many that you will for sure find one that is suitable for you.
3. Google Analytics
This is the third most visited site for me after my mail account and my website. I just love the pie-charts and timeline based information.
4. CSS Galleries
Although there are a ton of CSS galleries out there, you can always find good inspiration resources in these sites, especially now when there are many niche ones.
5. Good Freebies
I really enjoy from time to time a good freebie: a WordPress theme, an icon pack, a CSS template etc. Also from time to time I enjoy creating one and see the feedback.
– I love this thing because there are very few designers in the entire world that are extraordinary with web typography.
7. Optimizing for Performance
I really love this area of Web Design because it makes you think of different ways to improve your site speed.
Although you may say that WordPress can be a part of the second love argument I disagree. WordPress is something apart, beyond the concept of a CMS. WordPress is pure awesomeness.
Things I Hate in Web Design:
1. Offending Comments
I hate the comments that cross the line of a negative or contradictory comment. Usually comments should stay relative to the article. I know I had a couple of offending comments online so far and for that I’m sorry.
2. Internet Explorer 6
I’ve had my share of pain because of IE6 so I really hate it right now. And based on the latest reactions across the web, I’m sure I’m not the only one.
3. CSS Inconsistency
Even after 10 years – CSS 2 is not rendered the same way in browsers. This says something about the different directions that the major browsers had along the years.
4. Opera Marketing Team
Opera is a great browser but the marketing team assigned to assist Opera is far from creative, competitive or productive.
5. Same Template on Multiple Sites
A template is a starting point for a web site. It helps you get rid of the hard part. Today, templates are a final “starting point” which is why many pages look the same.
6. Lists Articles
I hate the articles that have no original content – just a description from Wikipedia, a link and an image. At least create the description yourself.
Whenever a site gets famous, there are 20 designers ready to clone it. No further comment.
According to spammers, web designers have a small penis, erection problems and the list can continue. We really have some problems.
9. Google Adsense
Although it is an important source of income for many blogs, those text ads are annoying as hell and they break the user experience on a web site.
In the end every domain has its drawbacks and advantages, but that doesn’t make me love Opera Marketing Team. Cheers!