Posted October 09, 2018 05:36:03Web designer David B. is no stranger to the Web.
He is the co-founder of the Web Designers Guild and the author of the popular Designing Web Design for a Digital World blog.
We talked to B about his work and how his life has changed since he founded the Guild.
David B. was one of the founders of the World Wide Web Consortium, a group of organizations to create a global framework for the Web that has served as the model for how the Web has evolved over the years.
He left that group in 2015, and he’s not back yet.
In 2017, the Web Standards Council (W3C), a non-profit group of Web designers, coders, and engineers, created a new standards for the Internet.
In the process, the W3C set up a governance structure where its members can negotiate new standards and determine what standards are used in the future.
These standards were to become the standard for the entire Internet.
The new standard was called the Internet Interoperability Standard (ISO).
B. told me that his role as the new standard’s leader has been to coordinate the W2, the current version of ISO, with the current standards.
He said that the W4 was the next step in that process, and the W5 was the W1, which is the current standard.
But even with all the new standards, B. says that the WorldWide Web Consortium (WWC) is not perfect.
He says that, in general, the Internet has not grown as fast as the W. He pointed to a recent story on The New York Times about a website that was trying to sell its data for a $2 million price tag.
“That was one example of the problems,” B. said.
“The Web is a very dynamic medium.”
He says that a number of Web sites that were selling their data on the Web have stopped.
Some sites no longer have ads, he said.
Some are now running HTML5 instead of CSS.
And a lot of sites are not updating.
B. told the Times that “it has become harder and harder to find and sell Web sites.”
In the last year, there have been some major changes.
“There are more and more people working on standards,” he said, citing Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, as an example.
But “there’s still a lot that needs to be done.”
also said that he believes the Web will grow even faster than the WWC is.
“We’ve got more people now working on the standards than there were a year ago,” he told me.
“I think we’re going to see that in the next 10 to 15 years.”
He added, “We’re going from a very small group of people working in a small number of places to a global group of thousands working in hundreds of thousands of places.”
For the Web to continue to grow, B said, there are “very, very few barriers to entry.”
But “people are really, really, just getting better at the skills needed.”
He pointed out that the Web is not just about people, but about systems.
“You need to be able to do things quickly, to build things quickly and efficiently,” he explained.
“It’s not about the Web being easy, it’s about getting things done quickly.”
He told me about a project he is working on with a startup called Aptium, which builds a database that is a web interface for companies.
Aptum’s goal is to get as many developers to build apps using the database as possible.
It’s one of a number startups B. has helped start, and B. noted that it’s one example where the Web was “too small.”
B said that even if the Web grows exponentially, the number of people who are designing websites for the web will still be small.
“Most of the people in the Web are designers,” he observed.
“They’re the people who design web pages.
They do it for fun.”