[thelist] Are Web designers a dying breed?

martin burns martin at members.evolt.org
Thu Jul 20 03:49:18 CDT 2000

Peter wrote:

> We will get away from the more technical layers more and more, as tools
> get more powerful.

But you'll still need to have a conceptual grasp, just as print designers have a good grasp of limits of ink and paper.

> So what? Great I say! There will be room for everyone and more people,

Basic economics - the larger the market, the more niches there are to occupy and the more specialised agencies and individuals will become to fill them.

3 years ago, I knew pretty much all there was to know about producing sites up to a certain level of backend. I knew *all* of HTML intimately. Now? Not a hope in hell. But in my niches (linking between business & technology and content management), I can compete with pretty much anyone.

Who would have thought 30^H years ago we'd all be sitting here drinking Chateau de Chassily^W^W^W^W^W^W^W^W^W there'd be a niche for a fulltime Content Manager (actually we have 3 in our organisation...).

> as long as they're talented...
Amen to that. Our industry is getting very much like professional sport - the really good people will get enormous sums of cash and perks and everything else.

At the moment, this operates on the technical end of the spectrum, but it will move across the industry very, very fast.


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