Elegance VS Tawdriness or What can we learn from Jocelyn Wildenstein’s example

If you take a look at flashy websites with glittery images, a lot of text, fatal color combinations, you will realize that they represent Jocelyn Wildenstein of the web design.

This is the age of cosmetic surgery, botox and all kinds of implants, the era of looks over brains, matter over mind, beauty over intelligence, and the meaning of the old adage “the more, the merrier” has been taken too lightly, in my humble opinion.

Just take a look at all the celebrities’ plastic surgeries in the attempt to regain their youth and the outcome of all their pursuit of happiness by looking better. Some of them have even gone overboard with these “improvements” and what outcome have they ended up with? Jocelyn Wildenstein is a perfect embodiment of what is wrong with this way of thinking.

Whatever the reason for changing her appearance might be, the final result is not pretty. She may have jumped on a cosmetic surgery bandwagon to please her husband or change the things she herself might have been dissatisfied with. What we can clearly conclude when we see her is that the plastic surgeon as an expert in this field maybe did not try to recommend the best solution or give any kind of advice regarding the aesthetic outcome or maybe he or she talked until they were blue in the face and yet the lady in question did not even listen to the advice as she thought she should know what was best for her. In any case, the damage’s been done. However, I cannot help but wonder if the purpose of paying for professional services is something else rather than get expert advice?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against these kinds of nips and tucks, however, I firmly believe that all the changes we make should look really natural and please the eye. What does this have anything to do with design you ask? Well, everything. Whatever you do in life has to be done with measure. Less is in most cases proven to be more, and if you think about it a little you will see that it’s true.

If you take a look at flashy websites with glittery images, a lot of text, fatal color combinations, you will realize that they represent Jocelyn Wildenstein of the web design, and trust me, this kind of thing can drive your audience away.

Remember, design requires a lot of skills to create a balance between the imagery and the content, to work on optimizing instead of maximizing, to bear in mind functionality as well as aesthetic appeal. And next time when you ask yourselves “To simplify, or not to simplify” just remember that simplicity always works better than complexity.

Next up