How Many Designers Does it Take to Fix 1 Billion Websites?
In 2014 the WWW (World Wide Web) celebrated it’s 1 billionth website!
Should we celebrate or lament?
Are you experiencing a better internet or do you, like others struggle to use the wide variety of websites available? Designers to the rescue! But how many does it take to fix the world’s websites?
What Does 1 Billion Websites Mean?
Does 1 billion websites mean you have access to more information than ever?
Or does 1 billion websites mean there’s a lot of information, but you struggle to get to it easily, because every website you access can be challenging to use?
And website’s don’t just give you information, they allow you talk to friends, share updates, buy things, enjoy films and much more.
But every website you visit is different, some can be easy to use as we become more familiar with them, but the majority of websites can be difficult to navigate making it hard to get to the things you want.
And now there’s 1 billion complex beasts (websites); they’re constantly changing and upgrading, meaning we have to continually adapt and learn how to use websites time and time again, making the World Wide Web a complex and frustrating place.
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It’s not only you and I struggling to use websites, there are now 3.2 billion ( Ref: time.com) website users in the world who are experiencing the same difficulties.
When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet he famously said “This is for everyone”. It’s time to honor his words by improving 1 billion websites and making the web for everyone again.
How Do We Tame 1 Billion Complex, Beastly Websites Into Friendly and Useful Websites to Help 3.2 billion Website Users?
Improving 1 billion websites takes 2 things:
- Resources — people to implement changes and improve websites
- Knowledge — the know-how on what to do to make a website usable and useful
Point 1: How Many Resources(people) Does it Take?
We need 600,000 resources (minimum). How’s this calculated?
Research has shown that a designer (graphic designer, web designer, digital designer, etc) will design an average of 960 websites in his or her career. This is based on research from reddit and a poll on CSS Tricks.
I also know from my 16 years experience in the world of web design that I design about 2–4 websites per month.
So on average, designers work on 3 websites per month = 36 per year.
Over a 45 year career a designer will create or be part of designing 1620 websites.
So if 617,283 designers had the know-how for making websites more usable and useful, then they would improve 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) websites.
Over 600,000 designers seems a lot, especially when it seems there are only 162,900 web designers in America (details below).