When it comes to the creative arts, a fundamental way to better understand the trade is to look to the past.
People in every trade do this, including those in photography, painting, sculpture and architecture. Why should web designers be any different?
Of course, we look to the very recent past through our countless web design showcases. But we can go much further back for inspiration, to the masters of old.
Let’s review some key art movements and the fundamental design principles they embraced. Based on these, we can review current web designs for elements to apply to our own work.
We’ll focus on Western art before the 20th century, and we will highlight only a few movements from among the many that took place...