I’ve been a web dev a long time now, longer than I care to remember. There’s a truism in software engineering – particularly open source.
There are cutting-edge frameworks being coded everyday and released. Some survive and thrive. Most don’t.
What’s common to all of them though. Whether it’s huge community projects like WordPress or smaller projects. The tech is cutting-edge but the design looks really poor.
Eg. The WordPress patterns library IMHO looks like it was designed by software engineers. Right-brain thinkers. The patterns look amateurish I feel…
Eg. Check out the Astro headless WordPress CMS starter page…
There should be a community matching open-source devs with designers who wish to build portfolios.
Is my point valid? Do developers donate their time while designers demand hard-cash? What’s your opinion?
EDIT: IMHO both the Patterns Library link and the Astro starter theme link contain design work created by software engineers ie. lacking in basic design quality.