Design with web standards is boring.
If the point of comparison is the rich-media applications (aka Flash Sites), then that statement might be correct.
However, web standards weren’t created to compete with Flash. It’s like comparing print ads to TV spots– both have their distinct purposes and limitations. Web standards are promoted to put web authors “on the same page”, meaning it envisions web developers/designers to put accessibility & viability of web documents.
You also may hear that design with web standards is “one-dimensional” or “blocky” or even “limited to blogs.” Try looking at web standards compliant sites at CSS Beauty & CSS Vault, then you might think that design with web standards is not boring after all.