Oatmeal is great. If you have never saw his comics, you are missing out. Today’s comic on “what I want from a restaurant” is another classic. All web designers should show this to their clients. It argues clearly for “functional website“. Visually pretty website is nice, but do not trade it for function.
- Answer the most important question: What information does your website visitors want?
- Give them the information — your website is not sticky if the visitor leaves immediately instead of trying to find the information buried somewhere
- Do not get in their way — putting text in images, no matter how pretty, prevent people to copy and paste the text.
Reserve the Oatmeal book
You can watchMatthew Inman talks about his comic in this Ignite presentation:
Christmas and last week of the year is traditionally clean-up and catch-up time for me. One project that I have been putting of again and again is to redesign my personal website. Here we are — I spent the last two days learning blueprint, the grid based CSS framework, throw in a bit of CSS coding, and redesigned my personal site.
I am also going to split up my larger “brands” into separate sites. I find that visitors to this site sometimes get lost in big mashup of information here. I am going to use the personal site for more personal and general writing. The Django, parenting, and CTO related materials will be moved off to other sites.
Love this new look?