Statistics Saturday: What Web Site Designers Hope You Think About The New Design


  • Well, that helps things!
  • Suddenly I can find the stuff I’ve been coming here for!
  • The elements flow together so much more logically now!
  • Those are some great typefaces!
  • Gosh I hope it has that infinite-scrolling thing where you never find the bottom of any page ever.
  • I’m glad it doesn’t do that thing where it just loads the entire page, and instead I have to scroll around and look at stuff before it displays.
  • Okay, but can they send me notifications now?
  • Maybe it is designed to be read on the phone but it looks so nice and spacious on a computer!
  • Wait, it isn’t part of a web ring anymore?
  • I hope someone gave the designers a hug after they were told to make all these changes.

Reference: The Lure Of The Integers, Joe Roberts.

The Modern Moral Crisis


So it started a normal enough morning, checking my social media to see what everybody on my Friends lists is upset about that I never heard of before while the e-mail gets around to loading. Before I could even form an opinion about whatever the Twitter-storm was (I still don’t know, because I’m one of those people so far back I still write e-mail with a hyphen) was the e-mail: if I didn’t send money to the below address soon, they’d have someone come in and redesign all my usual web sites.

I don’t want to give in to a protection racket, but, it’s a credible threat. There are so many weenie fonts and watery-pastel color choices with excessive whitespace that they could use to make sure I can’t find anything anymore, and I just know the next redesign is going to involve replacing all the nouns out there with blobby, circuit-board-style squiggles inside rounded squares because of the modern fad against having things like “words” look like real things such as “words”. Can I take the chance?