Apple is destroying design. Worse, it is revitalizing the old belief that design is only about making things look pretty. No, not so! Design is a way of thinking, of determining people’s true, underlying needs, and then delivering products and services that help them. Design combines an understanding of people, technology, society, and business. The production of beautiful objects is only one small component of modern design: Designers today work on such problems as the design of cities, of transportation systems, of health care. Apple is reinforcing the old, discredited idea that the designer’s sole job is to make things beautiful, even at the expense of providing the right functions, aiding understandability, and ensuring ease of use.
When things were simpler and easier, despite being downright hideous. Websites in the kilobytes, not megabytes, that were made by everyone from your grandpa to the middle-grade kids at school. They didn’t have to be perfect, and that was OK.For serious developers, solving problems was only as hard as tinkering with iframes and tables. If you want a modern throwback to this, try building an email template.