Article about what is bad about SmashingMagazine.com

Here is a link to an article that the guy over at Drawar wrote about the state of the design community with some punches thrown at smashingmagazine.com.

I like this piece of writing. I think he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, or at least it comes off that way to me, but his points are valid. It mainly deals with how one site, smashingmagazine.com has spawned a ton of copycat sites, to the point where you stop caring about any of them.

One of his “things” is the list type articles that they do. There is no real discussion on design as a whole. The community has pretty much become “Where are the 50 images of sites? You must suck if your article doesn’t show at least 30 things”. I would agree. In fact if you look at smash’s site now, you can find tons of list articles like 50 free buttons or 50 wordpress themes. Those would be fine, if like this author says, the people writing those articles wrote why each of those 30 things are there…why they are great, or why they suck.

Personally I like articles that show a problem in web design, and then tell you how to fix the damn thing. Which is what I try to do here even though all I seem to get is a lot of freakin’ spam. Its also hard to find the time to write something that you hope people will find some use of. I try though.

Anyway, if you are reading this, check out the article….its a good read.

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