On the advent of neue design in technology, open source
January 10, 2006
Firefox set a good model for the rest of the open source world when it infused
simple, clean design into a very useful tool. Seems to me that this trend is tantamount
to what is coming up next in the world of technology and online living. Of course,
you can’t really have one or the other, but the core differentiator that will set
one app above the rest or result in widespread adoption will be rooted in user experience,
not in the number of features or power.
So, I hate making predictions, but I think I can make a few observations about
how design might well change the software/webapp landscape in the not-too-distant
- Digg is outpacing Slashdot [ http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/006081.html
]: everyone’s spreading the meme it seems; boy oh boy, ugly never hurt so bad
- SourceForge [ http://sourceforge.net/ ] will die from a thousand [ http://basecamphq.com/
] cuts [ http://http//factoryjoe.com/blog/2005/11/15/civicforge/ ] (and it’s
about time — no, 8′ tall ads and shiny will not save you from yourself)
- Flickr [ http://flickr.com/ ] and Bubbleshare [ http://bubbleshare.com/
] will continue to gain over Ofoto [ http://ofoto.com/ ](Kodak EasyShare Gallery),
Smugmug [ http://smugmug.com/ ]: it’s the social, stupid!
- Facebook [ http://facebook.com/ ] and MySpace [ http://myspace.com/ ] destroy
the future of Friendster [ http://friendster.com/ ], et al: sorry, but they
have their audience nailed
- WordPress [ http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?q=&url=wordpress.org
] will continue its meteoric rise over more complicated (and ugly! (sorry, Drupal!))
apps like Drupal [ http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?q=&url=drupal.org
] and Joomla [ http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?q=&url=joomla.org
- Ubuntu [ http://www.ubuntu.com/ ] will outstrip RedHat [ http://redhat.com/
] on the personal desktop: Linux for Human Beings, sounds like a good place
to start, doesn’t it?
But these are just my humble observations, and given that I’m no analyst, are
subject to change, revision, contradiction and further extrapolation.