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The Undesigned Web – Dylan Tweney – Technology – The Atlantic

How web design is in a “third wave” of design were the user has much more control of how things look, with tools like Instapaper and Readability leading the way.

Design reigned supreme in the 20th century, when it was an integral part of the way artists, publishers, governments and political parties communicated to the first mass audiences.

Message and presentation were inextricably intertwined, with the latter lending power, impact and even meaning to the former. Not for nothing was Marshall McLuhan able to say, with gnomic brevity but not a little insight, “the medium is the message.”

(via @timcarmody)