BizCraft Episode 45: Crossover show with The Dirt – The Death of Original Design

BizCraft Ep.45

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About the Show

This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.

Episode Overview

In this episode of BizCraft Carl and Gene talk with the fine gentlemen of The Dirt podcast about the death of originality in web design, commoditization of the low end of our market, the actual starting time of beer ‘o’ clock in Florida, and how our profession has responded to a proliferation of high quality and cheap design options.

Show Flow:

The Death of Original Design

Topics we discussed:

  • The Death of Original Design… and the rise of the theme-based CMS

Customer building:

  • Squarespace, Shopify, Wix,

Is a templated & unfocused site better than no site at all?

  • In-house building
  • WordPress, Drupal, Shopify (again)
  • Frameworks: Foundation/Bootstrap

How does this affect the business side of things?

  • Can an agency compete with a low-cost product like Squarespace?
  • Agencies have to know the theming systems
  • How commoditized is Web Design? Is custom design dying in favor of creating products that accomplish the same task?
  • Are we focusing too much on speed?
  • Do teams want to work on these?
  • How do you balance profits with culture as margins shrink?

The Dirt Show Information

The Dirt is a podcast from @freshtilledsoil about the Web, UX and Tech hosted by 3 superheroes: @csskarma, @stevehickeydsgn & @markgrambau

Twitter: @thedirtshow

Drinks at end of show:

Dangit, we forgot to mention them again… we were totally having beers, but derp…


Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.