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Think about it before you strive to add a 100x120px scrolling div using 9px red text on a black background. Or incorporate complex flyout menus for no other reason than to look "cool." Are you attempting to deliver content in a useable fashion? Or just flexing some dhtml might?
Yes... there is room for everything and no offense meant. But you should always be your own harshest critic before you add complexity whare none is needed. Imho of course! :)
I sent corey something I wrote, but after a pause for thought, perhaps it would be a good idea to start a new thread on the subject.
Stay tuned, i'll post it shortly...
The reason I didn't put it on the board was I wasn't sure that it was quite what corey was after and as I wrote it I thought it might look a littel self promotionary ;)
[edited by: Nick_W at 8:56 am (utc) on June 11, 2002]
It's one of those that generally follow a certain look and format within a niche, but I question how well that works, especially in the case where a site needs to appeal not only to the niche buyer of a few low-ticket items, but to broaden the scope to actually look like a "business" site that will appeal to the wholesale sector rather than that of a hobbyist with the look that most of them have of that type.
IMHO sometimes the hardest thing can be to pinpoint and predict what will work for gearing toward a particular market if there's more than one being targeted. In this case it would have one look for the home consumer, which would be easy, but deciding what will appeal to serious wholesale buyers may or may not be the same look and style.
Tough question and a tougher task as Marcia has pointed out. What sort of stimuli, visual cues, "bread-crumb trails" are need to motivate a site visitor to a successful site experience?
I'd love to read some opinions.. I guess the most obvious place to start is to identify your site's goals. After that... where do we go?
I'm looking forward to reading what Nick is preparing...
[edited by: papabaer at 9:06 am (utc) on June 11, 2002]
Where is paynt? We need our research expert on finding where everything is that pertains to anything at all we're looking for. Those posts touched on this very topic, in depth; it was just called something else.
- has Tips and Tricks for good Web design. More about performance than results, though. Also this thread -
on Truly Dreadful Websites, discusses ugly sites that still sell.
(Go Nick go ... a forum awaits!)