Web Design Fundamentals for 2015 and Beyond – Part 3 of a 3-Part Series

August 14, 2022

The speed of change in web design is exponential. It’s not just a matter of keeping up with design trends, new WordPress themes and plugins, Saas solutions etc. but something even more fundamental is now occurring. The whole foundation of web design is about to change.

For a while now there have been DIY website builders, which allow almost anyone to build a website without knowing how to write code. They started off pretty clunky. They were strictly for amateurs. During 2014, there’s a been a big leap forward with platforms such as Duda and Airsquare, which can produce some pretty respectable websites.

But these are just the beginning.

Something much more revolutionary is about to appear.

The Grid - the future of web design
The Grid uses Artificial Intelligence to design your websites for you.

You might already have heard of The Grid. If you haven’t, you need to check it out.

The Grid is not just another do-it-yourself website builder. To quote from their website:

“The Grid harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to take everything you throw at it – videos, images, text, urls and more – and automatically shape them into a custom website unique to you.

“As your needs grow, it evolves with you, effortlessly adapting to your needs. Want to add e-commerce? Social feeds? A different layout? The Grid just takes care of it. This is not a website builder. This is your personal AI web developer.”

The Grid is crowdfunding by asking interested people to invest $96 upfront. Several thousand investors have already stumped up the money without blinking, including some of the smartest brains in the web industry. The Grid is a serious platform with a serious support base.

Furthermore, there are probably other similar platforms being developed. One of these platforms will eventually emerge as the dominant player in the new web design – just as Google controls search, Amazon has conquered e-commerce and Facebook dominates social media.

The Grid sees itself as the future of web design – and it’s hard to argue

In a few years, we’ll look back at our Worpdress sites and laugh at how antiquated they look. Just as we now chuckle when we look at a mobile phone from 10 years ago. They are already museum pieces. Thus will WordPress sites be a decade hence.

We’ll have “smart” website builders using Artificial Intelligence, which do most of the design and coding work for us. This might not occur in 2015 but within a few years it’s pretty much inevitable.

So where will web designers fit into all of this?

Well, some web designers and developers will be involved in building and maintaining platforms like The Grid. But for most web designers, the focus of their business will have to change – or they’ll be out of business altogether. Web design will be primarily about marketing – about creating the right content for our clients’ websites.

As one web designer put it on Twitter recently, in reference to The Grid: “Uh-oh. We’re all out of a job. The Wizard of Oz has arrived.”

This is the future of web design in 2015 and beyond. We’d better get ready for it.

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