The Phelps Webdesign Manifesto

Eric has an article about Websites that ‘engage other senses’ than sight. I want to make my position on the matter perfectly, absolutely clear.

I do not want the webpages I visit to smell.

I do not want the webpages I visit to make music.

I do not want the webpages I visit to make sounds of any kind.

I do not want the webpages I visit to have dancing pictures.

I do not want the webpages I visit to have dancing text.

I do not want the webpages I visit to have more pictures than text.

I do not want the webpages I visit to specify a typeface.

I do not want the webpages I visit to specify a type size.

I do not want the webpages I visit to feature text rendered to bitmap files.

I do not want the webpages I visit to constantly reload for no bleeding reason.

I do not want the webpages I visit to have non-contrasting backgrounds and text.

I do not want the webpages I visit to have a detailed pattern for a background.

I want the webpages I visit to have lots of easy to read text with clear navigation and markups that convey brilliant and insightful ideas.

I do not want the webpages I visit to reach out and feel me up or spray perfume at me or do anything but give me something to read and respond to.

4 Comments

  1. Eric says:

    …that convey brilliant and insightful ideas.

    You lost me on that one.

  2. Phelps says:

    As far as that one goes, I’ll take clearly displayed mediocre ideas over brilliant ones tagged with BLINK.

  3. “Webdesign”, bah! Every enlightened intellectual knows that it’s “webevolve”. I would like to see your “evidence” that websites are “designed”. And good luck proving that there is some kind of “intelligence” behind USENET. :p

  4. MiAn says:

    One of my favorite ebook sites looks like it is about to change from a more Googlish low-key design to a nearly MSN-like graphics intensive design, but with a less intuitive layout.

    Way to read the signs of the times guys.