These links strike me as topical given the response to the Queensland sex education website: quite a few of us hated the look of the site. But are we looking at it through old media eyes?
- Everything you think you know about Web Design is wrong: (a summary of an SXSW presentation by Dan Willis which is being quoted all over) There is also a podcast at the SXSW site, which offers this quote: “Just as early filmmakers struggled to break free from the conventions of live theater, after 10+ years Web designers are still trapped in the structures of the past. Forget pages, linear text and other archaic vestiges of design’s print ancestry; the separation of content from presentation has already changed everything.”
- How the young perceive the design of websites (results of a doctoral thesis): some ways in which young people prefer their content to be chunked and delivered
I must admit I’m largely a fan of pages and linear text in organising a website myself, or at least for a blog or news website. On the other hand, I’m not especially keen on some news websites which essentially just attempt to “put the newspaper online” as if nothing needs to change in terms of layout.