There’s no denying that the web is constantly evolving. Every year brings new trends, and most of them force designers to re-educate themselves if they’re to stay informed and capable of directing web projects.

Many talented graphic designers have shied away from the web rather than put up with the associated headaches. Bad experiences have made others reluctant to get burned twice. Or they may avoid fields like designing for mobile devices because the learning curve looks too steep.

Because the web keeps changing, the web design industry has become a wild west with no standards or guidelines. Some argue that standards are restrictions and have no place in web design because they impede creative vision.

We think otherwise.

Digital design is a profession, and one that should be respected. Just as architects, engineers and other professionals are able to express their vision while following best practices in their industries, so should digital designers.

It is with this understanding of – and respect for – the industry that we have created Digital Design Standards.

Digital Design Standards is a platform that serves the design community with peer-reviewed advice and resources contributed by authorities in various related fields. It is a destination where the community can find inspiration and celebrate the work of other designers. We want to incite discussion and propose standards that benefit the industry and its members.

We understand that standards change, as do opinions regarding best practices, whether designing for the web or other digital media. That is why we are dedicated to ensuring that these standards be updated with feedback from the community, and evaluated quarterly based on current trends and technological advances.

We want you to succeed, and we hope Digital Design Standards can play a role in your success.