The Art of Web Design (Video)

[Video Link] I enjoyed this video created by PBS's Off Book, called The Art of Web Design. The "8-bit style" soundtrack is a treat, too.

The explosion of the internet over the past 20 years has led to the development of one of the newest creative mediums: the website. Web designers have adapted through the technological developments of html, CSS, Flash, and JavaScript, and have mastered the balance between creativity and usability. Now with the advance of mobile, the greatest websites have taken user experience and responsive design to the next level, and continue our evolution from print to a digital world.


  1. Roaches would be the first species to go extinct if there was a nuclear winter.

    Sharks. Sharks are some of the oldest species on earth and didn’t need to change much in order to survive as a species. A simple and endearing creature that will hopefully survive the Chinese.

  2. Props to PBS, as a web developer myself I believe they interview some really well known and respected people. Main stream media usually does a terrible job explaining emerging technologies, Public broadcasting FTW!

  3. Great video! I’d really love to see the sequel: “the dark side of web design”, where they tackle old IE versions and their incredibly stupid bugs, JS nightmares when it comes to RIA frameworks and other freaky stuff ;-)

    1. But HTML isn’t descended from nroff and troff, but, rather from SGML and GML before it.

      I was using a GML-based markup language in 1973, when I was a proofreader for an early digital publishing company.  The text markup used $ signs rather than angle brackets as delimiters, and the stylesheets were entered on IBM punchcards, but it was the same basic markup/style tech as HTML/CSS.

  4. I actually think web design is getting less and less an “art” form, and more of an industrial-design craft. The explosion of database-driven apps and the focus on usability and accessibility have taken their toll on aesthetic potential. I remember sites from late ’90s/early-’00s being beautiful and eccentric and downright crazy; when you looked at their code, it was a deluge of tables, it might have been difficult to understand “where should I click”, and they wouldn’t be updated for years (if ever), but they looked gorgeous. Nowadays, it’s all Bootstrap-like top-bars, 2.0-like soft gradients, pastel colours and funk fonts.

    Or maybe I’m just getting old and grumpy.

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