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    *posted here as I'd get a biased result if in a design/tech forum*

    Just wondering, I get really put off a website if it is badly designed. I mean stuff like if its hard to use, the text is in a stupid font, there's a ridiculous logo etc...
    I had to literally try really hard not to be biased towards different unis when looking at their websites. Some were horrible and really inconsistent and it winds me up!
    Likewise, i favour well designed sites, ones which look professionally and attractive.

    I love nice looking sites, I just dont understand how people can just not be effected by how a website looks!

    I was just looking for other peoples opinions on this..
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    Don't really notice, when it comes to porn the main focus is the pics and video clips.
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    I'm not even faintly interested in computer design or anything like that, but yeah I do appreciate decent web design.
    The Bristol Uni website, in particular, annoys me.
    http://www.bris.ac.uk/
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    (Original post by finestory)
    I'm not even faintly interested in computer design or anything like that, but yeah I do appreciate decent web design.
    The Bristol Uni website, in particular, annoys me.
    http://www.bris.ac.uk/
    YES! thats exactly what I mean
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    Simple design = good design.

    I end up leaving complex websites, they are just a waste of time.
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    If the layout of the website is unfriendly, i.e. it takes many clicks to find something pretty basic, then I will not use the website. I have neither the patience nor the attention span to click around poorly made websites!
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    I find many university websites badly designed. I also dislike using flash excessively, BBC's iPlayer page the an excellent example of a good use of flash.
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    (Original post by finestory)
    I'm not even faintly interested in computer design or anything like that, but yeah I do appreciate decent web design.
    The Bristol Uni website, in particular, annoys me.
    http://www.bris.ac.uk/
    Ahahahaha wtf, is that a joke, looks like it was made by GCSE kids.


    Anyway yes it really annoys me adn I did get put off some uni's due to it. Also don't use stores with bad sites, my homepage is google.
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    Yes, I greatly appreciate websites which are minimalist and straight to the point, ie easy to use. I ****ing hate those god damn flash abominations where you have to click stuff and they take ages to load, plus anything with an intro. I don't think those websites have a place ANYWHERE on the internet.
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      (Original post by Ewan)
      Yes, I greatly appreciate websites which are minimalist and straight to the point, ie easy to use. I ****ing hate those god damn flash abominations where you have to click stuff and they take ages to load, plus anything with an intro. I don't think those websites have a place ANYWHERE on the internet.
      This.

      Sites like this: http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com and http://isthisaword.com/ are particularly good. I appreciate good, unique designs.

      A recent one a fellow member found (movie posters): http://ibraheemyoussef.com/ibraheemshop

      This is also okay: http://www.joystiq.com/
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      Simple answer - Yes

      Longer answer - I'm very picky when it comes to websites, if I go onto a website and it's either really difficult to navigate, really bad colours or just slow then I'll refuse to use it, point blank.

      I never understood how professional designers can design/build websites that just do not function well or are just really ugly.

      I love websites such as the Apple or Amazon sites, because they are simple, easy to navigate.
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      I'm probably a bit biased since I've done quite a bit of web design in the past. :p: But yes, it does influence me. A good design speaks wonders about the people behind it, it says how much they care about their PR, about how they present themselves, and what they see themselves as (there's a fairly standard correlation between pretentious websites and pretentious people designing them).

      No website has any business including Flash on their index/home page. Even if the website's main raison d'être involves Flash, it's still bad design. iPlayer doesn't have a single Flash window embedded on the front page. Why would it? When you want to watch a video, you tell the website you want to watch a video. There's no need to have it waving in front of your face.
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      As a designer I'd have to say from a biased point of view, yes.

      However, it completely depends on a number of factors.

      A complex website should only realistically be used for personal sites.

      A more user friendly and simply design should be used for anything commercial or any money making sites.

      I love artistic designs but I think they are better suited to model portfolio's, blogs and personal sites.

      A business website should have a strict layout all the way through it to ensure usability and navigation suits the users needs.

      However, I must admit I do tend to mess around with Photoshop and Fonts a lot when doing sites
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      Yes. I tend to avoid the sites that look poorly done.
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      Never trust a company with a second-rate website.
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      Not really, but bad web design upsets me. Those Web 1.0 ones which ALWAYS seem to involve way too much Comic Sans :nn:
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      Yes, when university hunting it got to the point where I would spend less and less time trying to find out information about courses if a university had a site which was a nightmare to browse. I know I shouldn't have let it affect my decision, but it just got very annoying.

      Also, let's not forget that even at the university you'll need to find information on their website. And it probably works on a subconcious level too... first impressions and all.
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      Gmail uses flash well. Unfortunately it doesn't integrate with the 'back' key, to the extent that clicking 'back' takes you off Gmail completely. Of course, Gmail has its own 'back' key to counter this.
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      (Original post by Don John)
      Gmail uses flash well. Unfortunately it doesn't integrate with the 'back' key, to the extent that clicking 'back' takes you off Gmail completely. Of course, Gmail has its own 'back' key to counter this.
      The back button in the browser works fine for me in GMail? If I'm reading an email, back will take me back to the inbox. It might be because I'm using Google Chrome, but I'm pretty sure it works when I use FireFox as well...
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      (Original post by lareneg)
      The back button in the browser works fine for me in GMail? If I'm reading an email, back will take me back to the inbox. It might be because I'm using Google Chrome, but I'm pretty sure it works when I use FireFox as well...
      I use Opera, that must be it then.
     
     
     
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