The way websites are designed these days irritates me more and more. Typically:
- the amount of text on an page is minute.
- too much of the screenspace is wasted with blank space and meaningless pictures and graphics.
- almost no piece of text can be read on a single page. There’s just a teaser introduction and you have to click through to the rest.
- menus of links have obscure top level categories and are difficult to navigate.
- there are too many gimmicky animations and videos.
The best website I have ever used was built by my former colleague Paul Pacter for the International Accounting Standards Committee in the late 90s. People told him it broke every principle of good website design. They said the pages were too full of text, with not enough space and too few graphics, and there were too many items on the main menu.
But it was easy to find things on the site and it was quick to use. It was miles better than most websites used today. It’s time to reverse most of the subsequent ‘progress’ in website design.
I found an archive copy on the Way Back Machine / Internet Archive. There is a screenshot below. The full front page is at https://web.archive.org/web/20000510145843/http://www.iasc.org.uk/