Every day there seems to be a dozen new "PSD UI kits" posted on Dribbble. Ready-coded HTML kits like http://designmodo.com/flat-free get downloaded by thousands of 'designers'. And it seems to be standard practice now to use one of a plethora of frameworks - such as Bootstrap - when building a new site.
I get that designers are strapped for time these days and have to work to tight deadlines and even tighter budgets. Who doesn't appreciate a shortcut? We've all downloaded the odd freebie that will save us some time or effort. I also appreciate that there are thousands of new designers out there who can learn a heck of a lot by reverse-engineering and building on stuff that other people have built.
Perhaps I'm just a bluff old purist who needs to lighten up a bit, but it feels like we're taking this shortcut business a step too far. I miss the good old days when people had to roll their own code and produced their own unique designs.
Am I wrong to fear the increasing homogenisation, or should I embrace the value in this shared knowledge, even if it means losing the originality in my work? I'd love to hear what you clever folks think...