Will web design be automated? Put another way will artificial intelligence (AI) ever be able to design websites? It is a hotly debated topic. I design websites for a living, but my belief is yes – one day it will.
More & More Mundane Web Design Tasks Are Automated
Mundane, routine tasks are the easiest to automate. Why? Because they follow rules that can be programmed. If the task is repetitive and it follows rules (e.g., if/then), then it can be automated (if it hasn’t been already).
Here are some examples.
Remember Static HTML Sites?
Are you young enough to remember hand-coding static HTML websites? Then CSS made consistent, routine styling of HTML sites possible. Today, you can still see the HTML that sits behind every webpage. Simply right-click anywhere on a webpage and select view page source.
Yet, it is now rare for web designers to manually code HTML. And, increasingly, web designers have to hand-craft less and less CSS. Do these skills still help? Yes, they can. But a lot of time they are automated by platforms such as WordPress, Wix and Shopify.
AI (and simpler forms of automation) will never be able to fully take over the creative web design process. This doesn’t mean that automation can make the process better and more efficient. But web design will not be fully automated.
A Little History About Web Design
Originally, web designers manually created pages using a computer language known as HTML. If you want to see HTML in all its glory, right-click on this webpage and select view page source. But, here is a simplified sample from the page so far.
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Publishing Blog Posts Is Already Partially Automated
HTML code still exists, but I no longer need to write it when I write a blog post such as this one. Rather, I:
- Click new post
- Enter the title
- Write my subheadings and paragraphs
- Add style (e.g., bold) and links in much the same way as I do in Microsoft Word
And, then WordPress converts it all to HTML when I click publish. So in this sense, publishing on the web is already semi-automated.
Yet, I still choose things like:
- My hero image and its colour
- The font I want to be displayed
- The colour and size of my font in my paragraphs and subheadings
These are creative choices that should not be automated. They could be, but they shouldn’t be as they involve human judgement.
And, these are just some of the choices I make within a single blog post. There are far more, and far more important creative choices I make when designing an entire website.