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Can HTML Code be Considered an Art Form?

Posted May 12, 2017 2:12 PM by RedTopTech
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As I have moved through my career as a professional graphic designer, I have participated in some very diverse companies. All have required that I design a myriad of projects but would extend or alter the old classic rules of design. My most recent endeavor is working as a website content designer for an engineering company. When speaking about HTML editing, some might wonder how a graphic designer would get picked for such a position. It’s simple for those who know the language – it’s an art form!

I’m sure some of you are scratching your heads, “did you just say language?” Yes! HTML uses many terms and punctuation to decipher how a website should appear on a viewer’s screen. Some elementary schools are actually teaching their young students this programming language to give them a leg up later in life due to the extent of its influence in the modern day work place. Most all companies now have websites that get updated on a daily basis. However, we are talking about art here; how is this relevant?

If you were to open up the back end of one of your favorite websites, you will see a multitude of colors and line lengths as well as punctuation. It almost appears as a random pattern of sorts. Although these colors and indents actually aid the developer in the organization of the sections of code, one could say that it’s similar to graphic design. This type of art focuses on the organization of graphics and text to communicate an idea to a viewer. An HTML editor prefers to group similar code together so it’s easier to alter down the road with multiple users. For instance, one wouldn’t see a table started and not finished in the same area.

In current society, it’s hard not to interact with the World Wide Web on a daily basis. Coders and graphic designers have become our modern Dali and Picasso. We are now more likely to grab a digital rendering of a painting and place it as a desk top background then go to a local museum and purchase a copy to hang in our home.

Design programs are also feeling the shift. Instead of disc installations, everything can be obtained online. The impact of this breaks down the age old question – Mac or PC? The Apple and Microsoft battle has no impact on the designer if everyone is using an internet browser to attain the right tools for the job.

As I continue on my career, the progress is astounding. No longer am I carrying around a sketchbook and ruler, but more of a laptop and eye glasses. It’s now become all tech ­­- all the time.

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05/12/2017 3:45 PM

Life imitates art once again! Or was that supposed to be art imitates life?

Blue pill or red pill, your decision.

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05/13/2017 9:27 AM

I took both. Then fed them to the cat and watched the matrix implode on itself!

The machines never stood a chance!

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05/13/2017 9:41 AM

When you mix the Red Pill with the Blue Pill, you get the Purple Pill.

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05/13/2017 11:29 AM

...the one that Mama said "...did nothing at all..."?

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05/14/2017 4:18 PM

Thanks for the mental imagery, now all I can think about is the Matrix series but with an all cat cast.

Neo is a better name for a cat too.

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05/14/2017 4:26 PM

Remember the 'glitch in the matrix' cat? It appeared at end of the third film too, after Neo died.

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05/14/2017 5:05 PM

The deja vu scene. Did you get the symbolism that I just realised now where the character 'Mouse' was killed straight after the 'cat' glitch?

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05/12/2017 4:49 PM

I'd say it emulates COMMUNICATION (ie: machine) better than the word ART.

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05/12/2017 5:55 PM

The tools of art take many forms, it's the medium that determines the method...

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05/12/2017 11:00 PM

Hyper Text Markup Language is a procedural programming language designed to put "information" on a host computer for access and rendering by users and their World Wide Web browsers across the network.

HTML is actually an outcrop from document writing programs on mainframes and minicomputers that were used by documentation specialists. The difference here was that the language commanded high speed dot matrix printers to print hard copy manuals. There wasn't much room for "artsy" documentation back then. No graphics beyond what could be presented by manipulating the pins on the print head. Write the text, apply the markup language to the text, print the document, proofread the document, highlight and fix mistakes and problems, rinse, repeat. We ate up prodigious amounts of paper back then.

Yes, the language (and image production) has evolved to the point that websites can be designed to be so artsy that functionality is totally missing. Personally I spend very little time on those sites when I run across them. Maybe it's the engineer in me but I'm usually on a "mission" when I'm looking for something on the web and hardly in art appreciation mode. But, I suppose that's the price of progress. In my opinion the jury is still out on the value of WYSIWYG.

However, embedded video is a different matter.

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05/13/2017 1:56 AM

The current operating version HTML5 goes beyond being just an art form adding functionality features for business and data for IoT (Internet of Things) and much more.

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05/13/2017 8:34 PM

At one time, this was computer graphics. One of my friends in college had a deck of punch cards that generated a pinup, a little more X-rated than this image.

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05/14/2017 4:10 AM

We had an old carbon punch tape on our CNC routers that did the same... coincidence,... I think not.

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05/15/2017 3:18 PM

I remember a Farrah Fawcett poster hanging in the college's computer center done with a chain printer on wide fan-fold paper. We were still using punch cards to program in Fortran WATFIV-S back then on a Sperry-Univac 9000. Amazing rendering just using keyboard characters. From 20 feet away, you could have sworn it was a B&W photo.

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