better self expression — geocities, myspace both had one thing in common — every page you went to was radically different. It was personal. It was emotional. It was expressive. You knew a lot about someone as soon as you visited their page and it loaded even if annoying music started playing. In today’s world, all we have are feeds of content. Feeds of someone’s latest thoughts don’t tell you nearly as much about what they care about. In the MySpace days, everyone was a coder copying and pasting crazy CSS lines and embed codes to de…
Consumer preference: The dualism between customization & standardization
I feel like we oscillate between preferring extreme customization and minimalist standardization, since our species is stir-crazy, anxious, anti-status quo. We went from geocities (custom) to Facebook (standard) to Wordpress (custom) to Medium (standard) — with a lot of stops in between.
Fact of the matter is that we like change — we need it. We went from skeuomorphism (rich) to flat design (minimalist). Eventually, the product treadmill will require more, newer functionality to be crammed into today’s minimalist interface, and that will probably provide the [back-to-the-future] customization Yann wants too.
It’s not wrong or right; it’s just change, progress.