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Function or Beauty?

Recently, I stumbled across an article on LinkedIn, bashing beautiful websites. "Function over Beauty!" the post rambled on in an irritated fashion. Self-proclaiming authority on what is acceptable and what isn't. Boasting that one could simply not have a beautiful website and have it function as well.

 

I mused.

 

Why can't there be both function and visual appeal?

 

Normally, I wouldn't take offense to such a prideful, self-righteous article. But it bothered me. This woman insisted on sharing her narrow-minded opinion with others as if it were matter-of-fact gospel. And the cold hard truth is, she is absolutely wrong.

 

You can have both. It's possible and I do it every day. Only web designers who are weak in an area would make it impossible to achieve both design and development.

 

Somehow, I can't help but feel Apple and Adobe would agree with me.

Apple's Website in 2011

  • "Function is nothing without beauty"

    - The Next Web

"The 90s and the early ’00s weren’t exactly known for their emphasis on aesthetics in the tech space. For the most part, technology companies dedicated their efforts to building massive, reliable infrastructures like Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook. Fast forward 10 years and today’s tech savvy companies, most recently Google, are realizing that you can’t just be geeky anymore, you have to be beautiful too. After all, there’s a reason Acer isn’t Apple. It’s smart design."
- Courtney Boyd Myers, Design & Dev. The Next Web

Adobe's Website in 2019

Don't let someone tell you that your website cannot be both visually attractive and high performing. Because that is absolutely a myth.


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I've been designing, programming, writing and publishing online since 1995. I've worn many hats throughout my life, but the common core of my career has always been media. Besides the portfolio you see on TNW Creations, my internet presence has been substantial for over 2 decades. In 1995, while still in college, I founded TNW Creations and became part of the grassroots development for teaching the Lakhota language online. By 2004, my bilingual work was listed on many sites, including National Geographic , Encarta and Touchstone Pictures Hidalgo. When I'm not designing and writing, you'll find me managing MagicStoryLand.Com, creating kid-friendly game & video content, posting salty articles about cyber threats and SEO, leading Girl Scouts, moderating UnifyLife.Org and enjoying my  community, church & family.