Quotes on web design

What writers and others say

“Flashturbation: The superfluous use of Macromedia Flash animation on a website that adds little or no value. The result of a web design team ‘pleasuring’ itself for the sole purpose of being ‘cool.'”
BuzzWhack

“When you go online, you basically throw away 400 years of typography — all the stuff we’ve learned since Gutenberg to make information jump off the page.”
— Philip Elmer-DeWitt, managing editor, Time

“Don’t confuse web design with sex. In the real world, foreplay is mandatory. You have to set the mood, you have to be gentle, you have to entice. Fine. But in the world of the web there’s no place for foreplay. It’s not necessary. It gets in the way.
“To put it bluntly, the web is ‘Wham. Bam. Thank you Ma’am.’ People don’t need to be enticed or put in the mood when they visit your site. They’re there for a particular reason and the sooner you give them what they came looking for, the better.”
— Vincent Flanders, author of Web Pages That Suck

“Design does not drive decisions on the web. It’s the content that drives behavior.”
— Gerry McGovern, author, Killer Web Content

“Anything that’s great print design is likely to be lousy web design.”
Jakob Nielsen, usability guru and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group

“Visual bloat continues to annoy users.”
Jakob Nielsen, usability guru and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group

“On the web, jazzed-up = ignored.”
Jakob Nielsen, usability guru and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group

“Most web designers are young, and so have perfect vision. Tiny text doesn’t bother them as much as it bothers people on the other side of 40. Designers also tend to own expensive, high-quality monitors that are easier on the eyes.”
“While creating a website, designers don’t actually read the information on the pages. They simply glance at the text to make sure it looks great. In fact, many designs are approved with “lorem ipsum” standing in the place of real copy. When you don’t have to read the words, it doesn’t matter that the characters are small.”
Jakob Nielsen, usability guru and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group

“Decoration is death online.”
— Cia Romano, usability evangelist

“Color must work to enhance information resolution, not create a garish parody of a video game.”
— Edward Tufte, “the da Vinci of data” and author of Envisioning Information

“The first principle of color is: Above all, do no harm.”
— Edward Tufte, “the da Vinci of data” and author of Envisioning Information
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