I make no attempt to hide it…I can barely dress myself in the morning. I just give thanks that my roommate, who also happens to be my much trendier younger sister, leaves for work 2.5 hours before me and isn’t around to harass me about what I’ve put on when I walk out of my room in the morning. I have no style…”preppy” is easy to shop for, so that’s how I classify myself (note…I may have no style, but I have very little difficulty spending the money shopping for clothes…funny how that works.) So after reading all the material this week on color choices, typography, placement, etc on websites, and how these elements can “make or break” your site, is there any hope for the stylistically impaired when it comes to web design?
Both Norman and Wroblewski’s comments back up the frightening Fogg evaluation for Consumer Reports, that “the average consumer paid far more attention to the superficial aspects of a site, such as visual cues, then to its content.” It’s scary how easily consumers can fall for the information on a less then credible site, based on how the site looks. No doubt a web designer has to keep the visual elements in mind when lying out a website, but even at that, no design will please everyone. At what point do you accept that your sites design is good enough, and leave the rest in the hands of the consumer, who you hope will have enough common sense to evaluate a the merit of the material you’ve presented? Is there any hope the stylistically impaired can create sites with huge academic impact?
Many Museums as of late find themselves walking the fine line between education and entertainment. The mission of the museum is, essentially, to educate. Entertainment is what attracts many visitors these days though. I thought about this conflict as I read through the articles for this week. How many historians creating websites run into the problem of crossing the line from education to entertainment to attract folks to their sites? Will there come a time when design becomes a hindrance to history on the web?