Wow! 2 paragraphs. Such great insights. I think this article says more about the commoditization of blog writing than it does about design.
I think the point that most clients don't need a custom-made website a good one. Design is solving problems - if you have no unique problems (e.g. you're making a standard ecom site) then why would you need bespoke design?
In a sense, isn't it a good thing for the lowest-common-demoninator of websites to move towards easy-to-make-and-maintain commoditization? Egalitarianism and all that.
In the end, I agree: the result is a net postiive. The truly difficult problems will still need to be solved with custom design solutions.
eeeh, this stuff ebbs and flows. Flat design is common now, skeuomorphic stuff before that, grunge before that.
When a new style comes out, people adopt it, partially because it's new and partially because familiarity is good for users. But then designers iterate on it, and push the design in interesting ways. Then they push it too far, introduce too many new things, confuse users, and then a bunch of other designers create a new style. And then the cycle starts all over again.