CSS design or WEB design?

The subject had been brought up many times by a couple of my designer colleagues and still can’t find the ultimate answer to the topic. There are many web designers out there right now but how do we define that THAT website as a CSS design or a WEBdesign.

Smashing Magazine has been dedicated brought tons of resources that include the 50 most beautiful CSS based design and a couple of CSS design that rocks but still to my knowledge aren’t CSS design supposed to be a web structure layout that:

  • easy and simple to edit
  • changeable CSS colour in just a couple of clicks without worrying it will affect the content
  • minimal graphic usage
  • all images and effect were controlled by CSS

Some of the designs I saw in Smashing Magazine are heavy-graphic usage. Since maybe all the design listed are custom design with full right to the illustration or photos..guess that’s what makes a super cool web design but for someone that likes to try out a web design from scratch without any budget on buying a full license for any art-related photos to beautify their website..css is definitely an option for their site. but then a CSS mastering need times to master and if you need to maximize the compatibility for all browsers..a no hack CSS is one long road to take. here is an example of CSS design at their best I found so far:


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    – super cool CSS coding that marks what CSS design should look like. minimal graphic usage, great use of effect with CSS control, and great colour combinations..perfect!…I don’t think the designer even had a PSD for it..just plain mastering old-school CSS tech…respect yo!

  • monkeyking

    – another great site with CSS design. take a look and no graphic usage but still looking great.

Still, maybe thousands of CSS designs that never been seen that still need to be discovered…

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