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Thread: Re: Enough with square box sites!!!

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    Sheila Hoffman
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    Default Re: Enough with square box sites!!!

    Sorry, should've included this in the last post. Mind you I'm not advocating
    these approaches but they ARE out of the box!
    http://www.jonathanyuen.com





  2. #2
    Garret Mott
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    Default Re: Enough with square box sites!!!

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    Yes they are out of the box & cool - however - even on my cable modem it
    took so long to load that if I were trying to really use the site I'd say
    "Bye bye" & head somewhere else.

    My 2 cents...

    Garret Mott

    Auto-Mate Software www.automatesoftware.com
    Northeast DataFlex Consortium www.nedataflex.com

    "Sheila Hoffman" <Sheila@hoffmanNOSPAMgraphics.com> wrote in message
    news:A921.1178632636.302@gfwebforum.com...
    > Sorry, should've included this in the last post. Mind you I'm not
    > advocating these approaches but they ARE out of the box!
    > http://www.jonathanyuen.com
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  3. #3
    LBA
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    Default Re: Enough with square box sites!!!

    Sheila,

    That site is uniquely beautiful... and creative... and fun. And for
    once, I didn't even get annoyed by music attached to a page. In fact, I
    still hear the birds and the guitar in the background as I'm typing this
    message. But I also think that a site like this begs for a discussion
    about form versus function. If someone heard about this guy and wanted
    to go to his website to email him a question, or quickly review his
    portfolio... well, he or she wouldn't have much luck finding a straight
    path to those goals. I'd feel like I had made a big mistake if I built
    a site that couldn't easily satisfy basic needs like that.

    There's a reason why site navigation tends to loosely follow established
    conventions. First, some (though not all) conventions are established
    because they "make sense"... and are proven to be user-friendly. For
    example, putting all of your navigation at the bottom of pages does not
    make a lot of sense... and is not user-friendly. And B) Once people
    learn how to navigate through a site that follows basic conventions,
    they can navigate through ANY site that follows basic conventions... but
    when you change all the conventions on every site, it's as if you are
    requiring that people re-learn the software for every site they visit.

    So the challenge for "out of the box" sites would be to achieve the
    uniqueness they desire without compromising the ease of use you want
    your web surfers to experience. That can be done and I've seen it many
    times. But I believe that form must not sacrifice function.... only add
    to it. I would suppose you can bend that "rule" a little bit when it's
    a site about an artist, or maybe a psychic or a UFO researcher.... but
    for most of the sites we build, I think that the medium is not the
    message... the message is the message.

    Laurence

    Sheila Hoffman wrote:
    > Sorry, should've included this in the last post. Mind you I'm not advocating
    > these approaches but they ARE out of the box!
    > http://www.jonathanyuen.com
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    Peter Eisenburger
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    Default Re: Enough with square box sites!!!

    Yes, beautiful, but more of leisure. I've seen more of these sites and I
    see their purpose is to show what designers can do.

    Such a design doesn't suit the need of transferring information fast,
    easy, and navigationable. That's the basic goal, isn't it?

    Peter



    Sheila Hoffman wrote:
    > Sorry, should've included this in the last post. Mind you I'm not advocating
    > these approaches but they ARE out of the box!
    > http://www.jonathanyuen.com
    >
    >
    >
    >


  5. #5
    stuart
    Guest

    Default Re: Enough with square box sites!!!

    I have an 8mb adsl connection and it took 2 seconds to load. You might want
    to look to another ISP, because this site is well worth a look

    Stu
    "Garret Mott" <Garret_at_AutoMateSoftware_dot_com> wrote in message
    news:f1q107$kc93@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > [top post]
    >
    > Yes they are out of the box & cool - however - even on my cable modem it
    > took so long to load that if I were trying to really use the site I'd say
    > "Bye bye" & head somewhere else.
    >
    > My 2 cents...
    >
    > Garret Mott
    >
    > Auto-Mate Software www.automatesoftware.com
    > Northeast DataFlex Consortium www.nedataflex.com
    >
    > "Sheila Hoffman" <Sheila@hoffmanNOSPAMgraphics.com> wrote in message
    > news:A921.1178632636.302@gfwebforum.com...
    >> Sorry, should've included this in the last post. Mind you I'm not
    >> advocating these approaches but they ARE out of the box!
    >> http://www.jonathanyuen.com
    >>
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    >>

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  6. #6
    Garret Mott
    Guest

    Default Re: Enough with square box sites!!!

    Hi Stu -

    >I have an 8mb adsl connection and it took 2 seconds to load. You might want
    >to look to another ISP, because this site is well worth a look


    Sorry to take so long to reply, but I've been away.

    Two points I see:

    1) My main one is that not everyone has such a fast connection
    2) I'm one of 'em! I currently have what Comcast advertises as 6MB cable,
    but that's a wild exaggeration. I live in Vermont (US) where over 30% of
    the population can't get any form of broadband except 400K satellite @
    $90/month. Of the remaining 70% about half are limited to (at best) 768
    DSL.

    This is true in many rural states & even more so in Canada. If one lives in
    a metro area, it's easy to lose sight (pun intended;-) of this.

    I don't want to take away from that site - cool stuff for sure - just not
    accessible to much of my audience

    Regards,

    Garret Mott

    Auto-Mate Software www.automatesoftware.com
    Northeast DataFlex Consortium www.nedataflex.com



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