May god have mercy on us all.
Some men just want to watch the words burn...
I've made some minor adjustments to your post.
This is true Material Design guys.
No google... that's a bad google.
"so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should"
Nope, not April 1st. Then what?
Did the same.
My life is finally complete.
Welcome to Web 4.0.
Its up to us designers to integrate these as much as possible, even though we know there useless, just like Material Design!
Look at that expressive design! Right up Eli Schiff's alley.
Love it. Reminds me of my early web design days ca. 2000 with Flaming Text.
Is it April Fools again already?
Poor Source Sans Pro used in the example, google should apologize to him
good idea. horrible execution.
Who thought this was a good idea?
If you select the text, it looks like they're using an image overlay:
.... But why
With great power…
I had to check that today wasn't April 1st.
What a missed opportunity. If this was executed with style and taste, it could have been very inspirational. Like this, it's hard to take it serious.
But also an opportunity for somebody with some free time to take this and make some amazing examples.
Oh God, we're going back to Web 1.0
Edit: Reminds me of this
Look on the bright side, the inevitable overuse of Google's WordArt gives us a quick rule of thumb for filtering out questionable design.
On the other hand, I'd be curious to see how elegantly someone can implement those styles into a design...
You can, but only few of them.
...at which point where one might as well just use CSS which completely customizable and can be made cross-platform.
I do think that we should explore using text effects more, albeit elegantly. Just look at what the Modernists did with typography back in the day.
If only I could have used all of these on myspace, I'd have written my whole bio in neon!