Headless systems are here, and they have a significant impact on the design:
- With headless systems, information architecture and content strategy are more critical because bad content structures or missing content blocks can spoil all the advantages of the headless system.
- Designing for headless CMS is a content-first challenge. The content becomes the queen – finally.
- As there is no visual or presentation layer in mind when designing headless systems, it is tempting to skip the design. This can happen due to a lack of awareness of IT managers, that design is not only UI.
- Information architecture resurfaces as key discipline.
- We should look at the headless architecture as a manifestation of what many designers had been pointing out in the past – that we need to design systems to be modular, flexible, with users goals in mind, and applying content-first thinking.
In the end, headless content management systems put information architecture and content design in the spotlight again.