Welcome to the 90ies:
Seriously, in which way shall nowadays’ websites like this one give the user a clear, consistent and comprehensible way of being guided through the website?
First off: I *love* Rood.fm – they have nice radio shows, awesome DJs playing and generally do a great thing!
1) There’s no clear navigation, in fact there are so many distributed navigation elements to reach different subcontents. Even when accessing the page via small-screen devices, there are too many misleading visuals (see point 4).
2) Which designer-chosen visual element suggests that this website can be scrolled? Not a single one!
— On some other web sites, I simply had no idea that the page contained further stuff..accessible through scrolling down.
3) Talking about accessibility..how accessible are pages like these for users with limited coginitive abilities?
— Where do screenreaders start reading on pages like these?
4) Misleading visuals: A smartphone that stands for mobile radio? A light bulb representing Windows Media? Seriously?
— The same goes for news apps on actual smartphones: Why the hell do articles need a senseless unrelated teaser image anyway?
God damn it, just give me a 3-7 words long headline, that’s totally sufficient for everything!
5) You’re probably enforced to use a website search or some search engine to scramble through all content layers of the websites: Just look at this one. That’s the site of a German University of applied sciences. Despite its text is German (which probably gives you the advantage of not having to read everything but just look at it), there are many subsites only accessible through
a. skipping the nonsense/misleading images everywhere,
b. perceive the link captions
c. hope you just clicked on the right thing.
Why the hell should important contents be that hidden. That’s [un]conscious stressing of the user’s patience, not helpful at all to get to the content quickly.
Stupid web trends..or perhaps I’m just too stupid for perceiving those kinda like websites properly.
My wishlist for a better Interwebs:
1) No misleading visuals.
2) No misleading visuals. (Yes, twice!)
3) Consciously leaving screen space empty. There are sub pages available for subordinate contents. Why was this single-page crap invented anyway?
4) Form follows function – and thus: Form follows Content. If there’s special art or creativity-oriented stuff to show, then then this may be an exception. Anything else just should deliver content straight to the user.
5) If there is advertising to show, please have dedicated ad pages that open up as a redirecting page like adf.ly does – I love this concept, as there’s strict perceptional separation between content and advertising. I may even spend a second looking at the ad, if I’m promised to have ad-free content afterwards with absolutely zero misleading visuals.