Web design - the cycle from good to bad to ugly and back again - creative tidbits 194

by Fred Showker

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration The web design world has gone through some crazy ups and downs in its short 20 year lifetime. It started lean and clean because there was no bandwidth, and the software was so slow. We were connecting on 400 baud modems over dialup. You remember that. But when things began to open up -- computers got faster, bandwidth got faster, suddenly there were dedicated ways to get on line besides dialup. Unfortunately all the software developers go fat too. They starting bloating their programs and web sites until everything got real slow again. But thanks to mobile, and Google and just plain design taste, we're on a swing back to minimalism. Wow. Sites that actually work! Type size you can actually see.

This is sort of where we've been. Today page sizes are gargantuan... megabytes, some pages never load. With the java and flash used the spinning ball just keeps spinning. Mobile has forced us from tiny type and multiple graphics to minimum SGV or PNG graphics and floatable type sizes. I used to screem when a site wasn't 'liquid' allowing the window to shrink or expand according to the users' settings, speed and browser size. Today, liquid is almost required because of so many mobile devices from 9-inches to 2.5 inches.

  • 1990 - 1995 : gif graphics very small, 840 pixel width
  • 1996 : maximum page load time 7 seconds, size 29K
  • 1996 - 2000 : screens to 1,200, jpg graphics, dial-up to direct
  • 2000 - 2005 : bloatware, 20 second loads, 200K page sizes
  • 2006 - 2012 : 35 second load times, 400K pages, 2G speeds
  • 2012 - present : 4G speeds, 1200 pages, 10 second loads, mobile

Once upon a time, I designed web pages for a 9 inche screen . . . then 12, 14, 17, 24, but now the cycle is back down to 4 and 9. Welcome Mobile. Where's it all going? We have no idea, but have a great time getting there . . .

The Roots of Minimalism in Web Design

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Once upon a time the web was very slow. You dialed in at 400 baud. It would take a half minute for a 235K graphic to load. We used to have contests to see who could design the most streamlined web page -- who could design the best roll-overs in the least amount of code. I could probably even find those contest pages if I though anyone would be interested. And, you knew your web page sucked if it was more than 20K or took longer than 5 seconds to fully load. Today, some pages are 2,000,000K and never fully load. But there seems to be a trend back to the more simple designs called "minimalism" . . . Kate Meyer writes:
      Many of today’s most popular design trends are influenced by minimalism. This web design movement began in the early 2000s, but borrows its philosophy from earlier movements in the fields of fine art and human–computer interaction.

Minimalism sometimes presents as an attempt to prioritize content over the aesthetics and, when applied correctly, it can help you focus your design to simplify user tasks.
UGNN Full story : Kate Meyer
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Why UX Designers Need to Think like Architects

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A look at the parallels between architects and user experience designers, and how the latter group can benefit from the work of the former.
      Architects are, of course, a type of designer, but the work of a good architect is not just about designing a space that is beautiful. It’s about balancing aesthetics with usability—precisely what we are tasked with as user experience designers. Moreover, architects solve problems, crafting solutions that embody balance. The late American architect Buckminster Fuller once said, “When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
UGNN Full story : Sergio Nouvel ~ UXmag.com
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