Like an Elon Musk side project, 2018 has rocketed past at phenomenal speed. Let’s remind ourselves what’s happened in web design since last January, and take a quick look at what’s to come!
2018 kicked off with a word of warning from the people behind ampletter.org. Is Google organising the world’s information, or controlling it? AMP’s future development was keenly in focus back in January, and still is to this day.
Snapchat redesigned, remember that? Users were not happy. And that unhappy sentiment was echoed by Kyle Jenner, whose disparaging tweets fanned the flames and added to Snap’s combined $1.5 billion loss in market value.
May 2018, otherwise known as “that month when every service you’d forgotten you’d ever signed up for sent you an email you didn’t read”.
That’s right, on May 25th the most significant piece of European data protection legislation to be introduced in 20 years came into force when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaced the 1995 Data Protection Directive.
InVision (via the desk of Clark from InVision) announced its new mobile app, then Vox Media (perhaps ambitiously) opened up their CMS to third parties.
“Lining up customers who are willing to pay six- and seven-figure sums for publishing technology may be a tall order in a digital media industry where many players are struggling to meet their financial targets.” https://getchorus.voxmedia.com/
Important words from Sir Tim Berners-Lee in November as he launched a campaign to save the web from abuse. If you read just one thing from this whole roundup, read what Sir Tim has to say.
“Humanity connected by technology on the web is functioning in a dystopian way. We have online abuse, prejudice, bias, polarisation, fake news, there are lots of ways in which it is broken.” – Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Moving quickly on from dystopia, two bits of Google news: Chrome Labs released an open source, browser-based image optimization tool Squoosh, then PageSpeed Insights declared it would henceforth be powered by Lighthouse.
Approaching the end of the year web developers can always look forward to summary reports, perhaps most popular being stateofjs.com, this year concluding that (well, you’ll just have to read it, won’t you?)
I’m a nostalgic type, and I love looking back over the years and seeing how much things have changed. 2018 was no exception–which web design memories stuck out for you?
As the new year begins, who knows where web design will be in twelve months’ time? Will dark UI variants be a distant memory? Will Google and Facebook still be monopolising the news? What new legislation will have been passed? And which new tools will you be using? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
In the meantime, check out these other retrospectives from Envato: