Here is a glimpse of the future of web design 🙂
Imagine a future where you spend time designing and not fiddling. Remember those days past? They will yet come again.
Imagine designing in the browser. You will be doing it before too long.
I predict a wholesale shift to much more advanced CMS and web platforms or systems where code takes a big retreat behind dazzling GUIs like we see in Squarespace 6, and other platforms like Virb, Adobe Muse, etc. Hand-coding will be a niche, enterprise-focused endeavor. The realities of responsive web design necessitate this fact.
There was a time before PageMaker and Quark where people edited PostScript by hand, but those days are a distant memory. Can you even imagine hand-coding a page to simply print something out? Web design is moving in that direction. Listen to these sage words and watch magic happen as the user below changes a complex layout in realtime in Squarespace 6. Wow:
Skip to 6:50 for the relevant snippet and watch for about 30 seconds. Again, wow:
So if your favorite CMS doesn’t yet have rich GUI-based dynamic layout editing as it’s default mode, or have it on it’s roadmap, know one thing: it will.