In order to establish a sense of history, web design will need to find ways to make allusion to predecessors, acknowledge its influences, and learn from the past.
Two years down a long, hard path culminate in bitter failure. In its wake, a realization emerges, and along with it a return to an old, familiar love.
As the web matures, great designers are distinguished not by conviction but by the ability to look beyond the tools at hand, to inquire deeply, and to define a lexicon for the field.
When everyone and everything is interesting, it's hard to say no. But it’s what you leave out, not just what you put in, that forms a story, that makes a life.
Building on the foundation of craft, individual designers and the broader industry will benefit from a three-stage process for critical thinking: input, synthesis, and output.