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SXSWi 2010: Is WordPress Killing Web Design?

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Just because you didn’t get to go to that awesome conference doesn’t mean that you can’t still watch the lectures! Each weekend, we’ll feature a recommended web design related lecture on Webdesigntuts+.

In this weekend’s talk, we’re going to be watching a panel presentation by from SXSW 2010; The topic is all about whether WordPress (and other CMS platforms) is killing the creativity in web designers. Watch the video and let us know what you think!

Video Lecture: Is WordPress Killing Web Design?

This is a panel presentation from the SXSW 2010 Interactive Conference. If you haven't heard of SXSW, it's an Interactive, Film and Music conference that happens each March. It's one of the premier conferences of the entire year for web and interactive audiences, and it features some of the sharpest thinkers of the year on topics ranging from App Design to Industry Trends.

This particular video discussion was about whether WordPress is squashing web design creativity... or more specifically, does designing a site for a specific CMS (like WordPress, Expression Engine or Drupal) limit web designers' creativity by forcing them to design within a certain template or pre-determined layout?

The two most dangerous things in the world are handguns and Content Management Systems...
- quoted by Brenden Dawes

What Do You Think?

It's certainly an interesting question... but people have been saying things alluding to the notion that "Technology Limits Creativity" for a while now. Heck, print designers have been saying that since the dawn of the internet. But what do you think?

Does technology ever really limit creativity?

Have you worked with CMS's like WordPress or Expression Engine and felt like you can't break the mold?

Do you feel like you are limited in what you're allowed to design for when you work with these systems?

Post your thoughts in the comments section below!

SXSW Interactive 2011 is March 11-15!

As a side note, this year's SXSW is coming up shortly (March 11-15). If anyone is interested in attending, now is the time to grab tickets ;) I'll be speaking with a panel there on the topic of "Making Money From WordPress, Without Working for Auttomatic" with Shane Pearlman, Alex King (Crowd Favorite), and Sonia Simone (CopyBlogger), so be sure to drop into our panel if you decide to go!

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