Design Awards?

Updated March 10, 2012

You got to this page from the statement that we had not (yet) received any awards for our Web pages. As I said, fine and dandy with me.

I have discovered that if something wins a design award, it probably has terrible human factors, and is the least usable design around. I learned a bit about this in the excellent book The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman, Published by Doubleday, 1990, ISBN 0-385-26774-6. I have also gained knowledge from the human factors work of Jakob Nielsen, as well as the fine information design ideas of Edward R. Tufte. One of his recent books is Visual Explanations : Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative

When we first did web pages, the download speed was very important. Too many websites (commercial mostly) overloaded the page with too much junk and images. Then came (OMG) Flash. Now, we have some bandwidth, but we RV'ers have to pay for it (a LOT). And now we have smartphones. Those horrible, huge webpages are STILL a problem. We try to check our own pages against the Android phones, and where needed, we make separate pages for phones, as much as we can identify them.

So, go ahead, and win design awards. The ability to quickly load, easily view, and easily navigate Web pages is far more important, as far as I am concerned.

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