Re: When Programmers Design Web Pages ...

Subject: Re: When Programmers Design Web Pages ...
From: Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- jci -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 11:49:22 -0600

>... so tell me: is it just me, or is there
>something seriously wrong with this site ...?

It's you. You're beginning from an unwarranted assumption about the site.
The site is there to make an artistic statement; it's not utilitarian. It's
an art school, so it's going to be a bit off-kilter, to stand out from the
crowd artistically. In the set of form and function categories, its bias
will be towards form.

Even so, I didn't have any trouble getting around in the site, and didn't
notice anything especially wrong. They use different conventions, but that
comes with the "artistic" territory; different isn't synonymous with bad,
unless you're speaking Jakob Nielsen's private language.

One thing everyone here seems to have missed: The little opening image
changes with every visit, along with the background of the first "real"
page. The colors in some sections were a bit overstated, but I accept
that's more an artefact of my own biases than anything else. I would prefer
background images that tiled more seamlessly, but that's about the biggest
problem I have with it.

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
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Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
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