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So what do people consider yesterday's news when it comes to general site design/look? Are you tired of seeing fish-eye pictures of people from above? If so, what else?
Really I am just feeding the search spiders nothing but text blah blah blah text
*snigger* - there's a few SEOs I can think of that specialize in that sort of nonsense, while at the same time preaching "no spam!".
I'd like to add: "If you're searching for [insert keyword here] or [insert keyword here], then you've come to the right place. Other terms people have searched on to find this page are [insert keyword here], [insert keyword here], [insert keyword here].............
popups that dont sit still so you can close them
anything that auto does anything obnoxious on a index page - the pop ups that speak oohhhh how they bring me to boil...
Non secure forms...
http://www. domain .com/enter-all-your-personal-info-here-for-a-loan-form.html
A email confirmation with complete said form info...
video and audio feeds in a proprietary format... requires <brand> to play...
Although I need/do it - I do hate relying on adobe acrobat for pdf downloads.
[[b]edited by[/b]: techrealm at 10:32 pm (utc) on Mar. 16, 2004][/1]
I have no idea what "golden boxes" refers to.
I should have said "Gold Box". My pet hate. A few years or so ago, a major (major!) book retailer branched out into other lines, mostly unrelated to books or DVDs. One supposedly-tempting item on its home page is a user-tailored "Gold Box" shaped like a treasure chest. Open it and you get offers, the hard sell being they are only valid for a short while. I just opened mine and this is what came up.
- a set of Clint Eastwood videos
- a burger grill
- 256 Mbyte DRAM
- an optical mouse
- a DVD for a film I had never heard of.
- a digital voice recorder
- a pair of earrings
- a non-stick kitchen spatula
- a quick cam
- a food mixer
I'm not objecting to the fact they sell this stuff, it's the way they compromised their design. Currently their navigation tabs are decorated with a running shoe. It just looks so tatty.
Hopefully they won't roll out the design to their European sites.
Typically to get to it you have to go through a lengthy help routine, going around and around, before you spot the obscure page on which they hide their email address.
Validation? Not important! I went for the smallest file size that would display. No end tags. No quotations for attributes. That kind of thing.
Now, the people who did that are mostly doing it right. And the bloat-lovers are still loving their bloated code.
I think sites are going more towards bare text/minimal graphics - just like this site. It's almost a return the old days, but with a bit better use of html and css.
-- faint gray text on a white background (geesh..if it could be any harder to read!)
-- pop unders
-- copy that tries to be genuine but is only there to try and apearcredible, so the site can sell something
-- sites designed solely to sell product, with no mention anywhere of that fact.
-- sites and domain names with no real address, name, phone, etc.
tiled backgrounds with a grained texture.
text graphics or buttons where the default photoshop layer style is applied (bevel, shadow, etc.)
spacer gif overkill
I'd put up with everything mentioned so far if we could consign frames and 100% Flash sites to the 90s.
So, how did the change came around? What triggered it?
From the items above I think we can see that this shift is more than simple trendiness or the "flavor of the month". Well - fisheye overhead photography was just trendiness that got tired fast.
But many of the items mentioned simply don't work well in delivering content to the end user, and people who watched their stats learned this. Some are slow, some are graceless and look "cheap", some confuse users.
The key to good design is does it support the delivery of information. People who are tuned in to this will drop what they see isn't working.
And then there's the fact that any innovation that is used too frequently becomes boring so people tune it out (as in banner blindness). Again, it worked for a while but it stopped working. I think designers do well to focus on how to support the site's information rather than trying to attract attention to design itself.
- Sites that lock me out because I'm not using IE.
- E-commerce sites that requires a street address (some of us don't have street addresses)
- Pages that looks like a car full of clowns had crashed into a Sherwin Williams paint truck
- FLASH! $%#$ *&^%!
- oversized images
- "Best" webpage awards
- Colored scroll bars (not that I ever see them in Mozilla)
I stuck that up. Techrealm gives a good approximation of what I meant.
The top and left side of the page are a frame and new pages show in the remainder. They aren't so common now, but they were often designed with fancy curves to disguise the mechanical nature of the page.