What is it with web “designers” and tiny boxes?

I see a growing number of web “designs” where the page is really a small subset of available viewing space. Even on a 14″ screen these boxes would take up maye two inches of screen. In other words, the lines break every half dozen words or so. Irritating. Simply irritating.

The worst offenders of decent taste are found on OSWD. Not all templates there are like this, but sadly many are and their numbers grow. Hopefully this phase will pass, as the “dark as midnight with a bit of light colored text” templates are finally, thankfully, passing into their richly deserved oblivion.

Now why do I put quotes around the words “design” and “designer”? Simple. Real design entails considering usability and function. The usability of these types of tempaltes is atrocious at best. Hence, they are not design. Feel free to call them art, but not design. Using less than a quarter of the available space and forcing users to use your little scrollbars is not usable. Making it a color other than white does not mean elementary design rules about whitspace usage do not apply.

I suppose if you really don’t have much/anything to say maybe it is useful. But then again, if you’ve got nothing to contribute, don’t.


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