"I’m finding that on today’s web, content and design no longer have a one-to-one relationship."
You’re absolutely right. I think I just threw out the idea to help start moving in a direction of some sort. It’s not an easy problem to crunch. The designer part of me sees the value in preserving both the design and content for the sake historical significance and context. But that’s also me trying to deal with the "problem" we have now, it in no way prepares us for the future or even the current changing shape of the medium. The independent side of me embraces the proliferation of the content, which transcends the need for one definitive vehicle.
The problem for me is I often think we lose a lot of meaning in that proliferation. Design may be the answer to some of that meaning, or it may not. It may be the designs we create now, or a different means of design. But I do think there is something significant lacking in the quest to gobble up so much data. Not that the information collecting is bad, it’s always good to have lots of info, but that we are missing the reasons, and meanings, and importance.
It’s definitely something larger than me, and a problem bigger than I can wrap my head around. I take a bit of comfort in maintaining the things I consider precious, even when embarrassing, because they shape the way I find meaning online.