We all need barriers to push against. To define our lives. Our zones of comfort. Less gives you more. Too much choice and uncertainty leads to poor design choices. As designers we need limits so we create rules to define these limits.
Defining these is a key part of the creative process and something that is essential when designing in the commercial world, where time is the main constraint.
I see rules more as guides.
Guides we can voluntarily adhere to. They are more often than not are born out of real world solutions to real world problems generated in professional environments. Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a perfect example of this. In the wonderful constantly evolving world of web design today's rules are just guides as things are moving so fast we need to keep constantly reassign and defining. I believe there need to be rules and these rules guide us to create the best possible solutions and experiences. We need to consider many things in addition to creativity and communication we needs guides for our approach to HTML 4, HTML5, typography, interaction, view ports, browsers, standards, bandwidth and audience abilities.=
Let us be guided by the rules…
Our set of rules we call a Guide.
Lets us guide our clients to create beautifully effective sites that help define the rules…