I hate dealing with clients
"There's too much whitespace."
"Well actually, whitespace is good."
I'm sorry??? I didn't know you were qualified to make aesthetic judgements and since that's the case what exactly do you need me for? Just to empty your wallet? Because when I'm billing, those nitpicks turn into extra digits quite easily.
I mean, I'm clearly not an expert and certainly not some sort of design purist. I break a lot of rules, sometimes because I want to, usually because I can't be assed to follow them, and ok I'll admit that I think whatever "good" design is, is really just tastes of old rich white guys.
Not that "good" design is actually bad, but everyone always wants their stuff to look like the corporate default style but in their favorite color (why do they always want the logo bigger then? It's not even a meme, that's actually reality).
But, I've been thinking. Maybe web design has reached its peak. It's been perfected. Information is readily accessible, and any confusing aspects are there by design. What else is there to improve? No one complains about the format of a book and that hasn't changed since it was invented. It opens and closes exactly one way. Even before babies can read, they know how to turn a page. Sure, there's the occasional artists book that opens inside-out with triangular pages, but when you visit a library or buy a normal book from the store, you already know more or less exactly what each book looks like and how to navigate without even touching it. The only way you'll be able to tell the content apart from the other books on the shelf is the cover or spine. With websites, you instead get a logo in the corner (of course still way too small). Most people don't read or peruse books because the pages are pretty (well...I do), but because the content is useful or worth reading, and I think it's ok for websites to be the same way. Design usually isn't about self-expression.
But I'll still complain about it.