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During the "Web Design" workshop update for 2000 we revisited a number of web sites which were originally shown as "good" design. Arriving on the Subaru.com web site treated us to a little surprise.
__ We've talked about image maps, well this one huge image map. Since it's such a big graphic we're not so sure it wouldn't have been better as an image slice.
__ The site opens to a single, slow loading, 176 K graphic file which took nearly 40 seconds to load at 56 baud. This seemed a little long to wait for the only thing on the entire page for such a web site as Subaru -- but it's an excellent example of today's "design" attitude of posting what's important to the designer and not the reader. We took it as a challenge to find out why.

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