Is it drying up?
Sarah Parmenter wrote an interesting blog post about work drying up for freelance web designers.
It reminds me a lot of what happened in the Flash community almost ten years ago. The once great tool that saved us all from fighting against incompatibilities between browsers was not useful anymore. Developers began to progressively ditch it. Some went back to web technologies, others (like me) started working on mobile native applications.
I remember the days in which writing CSS was a work of art. I used to visit CSS Zen Garden everyday, religiously. And when Wordpress started getting traction, building a custom theme was a full time occupation for many developers and designers.
I can’t help to think about the cyclicality of these trends in the software industry. Usually the cycle is around ten years. The iPhone was announced in 2007. Just saying …