Great piece by Frank Chimero. Starts with that nostalgic nineties feel and finds it way to photography, responsive design, and the fact that some websites try to blow you away with their design/technological advancements.
“Listen bub,” I say, “it is very impressive that you can teach a bear to ride a bicycle, and it is fascinating and novel. But perhaps it’s cruel? Because that’s not what bears are supposed to do. And look, pal, that bear will never actually be good at riding a bicycle.”
This is how I feel about so many of the fancy websites I see. “It is fascinating that you can do that, but it’s really not what a website is supposed to do.”
Reminds me of this quote (supposedly) from Jurassic Park:
Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.
Another interesting thing: On breakpoints he has to say this:
So, those media queries we write? It might be time to stop calling them breakpoints, and instead consider them points of reassembly.
Tomatoh, Potatoh … or is there more to it?