Friday, February 1, 2008

Your eye for Web design

One thing I learned about Web design a very long time ago is that everyone thinks they're an expert, and they are quick to share their opinions.

Web Hot or Not? tests your eye for design by letting you pick what you think is "hot". The site presents you with a series of Web designs that you rate on a 10 point scale. After rating, you see how others rated the design. It's a "wisdom of crowds" sort of thing. You can keep going as long as you like. I rated somewhere around 25.

I found I did pretty well. Regardless, I will be opting out of all Web design committees, and keeping my mouth shut on such matters. Design by committee never works, and it's best left to pros. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


Anonymous said...

A thought I have on this is that there are really two components to design. One is catching the eye or the imagination, and that requires originality.

The other is usability, and that's typically the opposite. You want to fit general patterns that people have fallen into.

Talented designers make their living by consistently striking the right balance. The rest of us should probably try for usability first. That's where I view your experience here coming in to play.

John Dorner said...

I thought it was interesting that most of the ratings were near 5 when there were more than just a few reveiws. Very few were above a 6 or below a 4.

I wonder if this means that most people thought they were average or if the reviewers were spread across the board or if they were dichotomized at both ends of the scale. Need more info....