from a retired designer.

Of course; real designers do not really retire. They renew them­selves, or they let their work become out­dated and replaced. I chose that latter route a while back, but am of course still having fun out here, while watching what more active (and mainly younger) designers do, and observing life online in general.

No reason for us to take any­thing too serious, and remove all that is fun in life. More than enough people around who are wil­ling to do that for us, with­out us in­sist­ing on helping them.

Despite “retirement” and all that; I might keep this site going more or less “as is” for a while, as it gives me some­thing to do when I'm bored and/​or in too much pain to do much in the real world. I still find preparing and writing articles, or testing out some minor design-related ideas, quite relaxing.

the world wide web has been steadily growing…

If the sta­tis­tics are correct, “only” slightly less than 202 million active web­sites can be found on the world wide web as of July 2023. Just to keep the com­mer­cial ones in proper working order, and replace their visual designs at least once a year, should provide a lot of designers, coders, writers and other content-pro­vid­ers, with some­thing to do.

While visual design hasn't evolved much in my opinion, most sites/​pages are better laid out and orga­nised now than they were back in time. The HTML/​CSS/​-script tool­boxes are more exten­sive and power­ful these days. And, as basic­ally all of today's browsers are built around one or the other of only two rendering engines, the need to include work­a­rounds in the site-code for it to work across the entire browser­land, is virtu­ally non-existent.

Quite a change from back when the browser-wars was raging, and “BEST VIEWED IN … signs was found on nearly all com­mer­cial sites.
Now decisions related to the visual element(s) in a design, is mainly about how large the smallest screens on mobile (or “smart”) phones are that one wants to cater for.

no “revi­sions” needed…

I get my fair share of emails with offers related to improve­ments and opti­mi­za­tion of my sites. That is all fine, but none of my private sites are in need of any assis­tance, or help, regarding design, SEO, or how they work other­wise. Everything is how I want it to be around here, down to the smallest details in what shows up, or does not show up, on screens of all shapes and sizes.

I don't expect those who offer their services to read this, as I haven't found signs that any of them have actually checked the sites they offer their services for in the emails I have received. No big deal really, as I do not waste much time on checking them either … read and forget is the norm for such offers.
When I want some­thing to work dif­fer­ent around here, I just set aside the time it takes to make it happen. If/​when I need help, I know where, and who, to ask.

For what it's worth: this site's markup exists in several versions, and genera­tions – including experi­men­tal variants, to reflect status at the time each piece was released.
The styling covers all these versions for a (more or less) iden­ti­cal visual appear­ance across the site, pluss loads of experi­men­tal and redun­dant bits and pieces spread over a number of style­sheets that are linked in to individual pages where needed.
Even the ERRORs in my code are (for the most part) inten­tio­nal. They are mainly part of how I test browsers – another of my online hobbies.

I am no longer selling any­thing – not even my own opinions, and have no interest in whether people find my pages via Google, Bing, or what­ever search engine they fancy, or if my work goes unno­ticed. All that is behind me, and I am quite happy with doing it mostly, or entirely, for my own amuse­ment.
To me flip­ping markup and styles, beats col­lec­ting stamps or pro­vok­ing irri­ta­tion on Face­book and X.

we will allways have social media…

Social media plat­forms came, and then – one by one – they got stuck, over­used, abused, ignored, and for­got­ten. The early ones have pretty much gone the way of the Dodo by now, and more will follow while new ones will emerge.

As pheno­me­non social media will most likely allways be around, and some even in usable forms. Most will have their places and users, at least for a while.

Depending on mood, I may like to laugh with, or at, people (or other beings) in various situa­tions. In rare cases other emo­tions may also be justi­fi­able. Then social media come handy even for those of us who have gone into early, or late, “retire­ment”.

What is most prac­ti­cal about social media, is that the more “lazy” or maybe “asocial” (or even “busy”) of us do not have to be very active on them in order to observe, and get a pretty good over­view of, life online in general, or limited to our very personal spheres of interests. We can just stop by, observe, follow, “like”, comment or ignore, and leave at will. Suits me per­fectly…

sincerely  georg; sign

Hageland 28.aug.2023
last rev: 11.sep.2023

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