Category Archives: Rants

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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Minor Rant: Time Wasting Image Links

Most of us have encountered it on the web. You know it when it happens, and you dread it happening as your mouse hovers above the image to click upon. Some might call it a pet peeve. However, for me it isn’t to that level. It is certainly quite an irritant to say the least (the very least). What is it that clicking that link drives us to shout at the monitor?

It is the dreaded “(click for larger image)” link. It seems that many web publishers/authors have no idea that when they claim such a result from your precious click time we have an expectation of delivery. Namely, we want a larger image.

Not just a slightly larger image mind you (such as seen here: http://nostarch.oreilly.com/catalog/159327064X/ ). We expect an image that is large enough to provide a good view of whatever it is we are looking at. If it will not help me see the picture better do not put the link there!.

I would much rather be stuck with a small embedded image (thumbnail) than to click a link that opens a full new browser window (or tab, if that is your inclination) only to see the exact same image on it’s own, or worse yet … a smaller image.

It is that feeling of betrayed frustration, not to mention the time it takes to close the useless window my system took the time to render. Betrayal? Absolutely. When this happens my expectations were betrayed. And it makes me frustrated. At least once the anger dies down.

Honestly people, we are all better off w/o such less than useless links being there. Just say no to them.