Every now and again a new web design tool pops up, claiming to be “visual”. Yet, most of the time the fall short of the promise in many ways.
We have recently tweeted about this:
And even not so recently:
And in fact I even wrote a blog post about this, categorizing levels of “visualness”:
The reason there are so many website builders that show an editable canvas and a list of CSS properties next to it is it’s relatively easy to create an app like that. So much so that even many web-based website builders do that.
And yet the consequence of that is you might be clicking on stuff on screen, but you need to have a full mental model of what CSS does. Or, you know, poke around in the dark hoping to achieve what you are thinking about.
I am also surprised by people who will call those website builders “visual” with a straight face. Really?
Maybe I’m totally off base here, and I need to rethink my understanding of the “visual” term. What’s in a name?