The Good, The Bad, The Usable & The Ugly
Some sites look nice, but aren’t easy to navigate. Some just look plain but do the job. Some just out right suck! Here is my list of the good, the bad, the usable, and the ugly!
Make Something People Want.
Y Combinator is a drop dead good website. Lack of clutter, straight to the point, and ease of navigation really makes Y Combinator a hard act to follow.
Upon entering the site, there is a brief description of the company’s purpose. On the top left, a big yellow button gives the user the option to “Apply” for the company’s funding. To the left, there are links to “About”, “Resources”, “Why” and “FAQ” pages. Simple.
After I clicked the Resources link, I saw something very interesting. On the right side a tray follows the screen as it scrolls. The specific sections of the page the user is on are highlighted as you move. This is what landed Y Combinator the lead position in The Good, The Bad, The Usable and The Ugly.
Scrolling to the bottom, a slogan reads “Make Something People Want”. I could swear they new I wanted to find a good website for this mini-project.
Ironically this website led me to the Y Combinator. It could have got its place in the Ugly, but it was also just very BAD. Unclear goals, an unorganized navigation bar, and even a “Rarely Asked Questions” page? Strange. I spoke too soon, Paul even has a “Spam” page. Not to mention the meaningless images. After clicking the RSS link, you are lead to another link of a broken page.
There isn’t much to say about this website. Apparently, people still visit it from time to time for investments. I guess that is the point of the website?
Warner Bro’s Space Jam Revival
You know how pugs are just so ugly, they are cute? That is sort of like Warner Brother’s Space Jam website revival. I had to use this website because I love it so much but I have to be honest. It is ugly. For the time, very good looking. But we have to remember that the internet is always changing.
Floating through the website you can find yourself on the nostalgic page styles of the 90’s. Repeated background images, gross text coloring, and funny icon action script actually is enjoyable to look at. But, that doesn’t mean its pretty.
Abduzeedo almost nailed its spot in my “The Bad” category before its recent layout change. A collective of Fabio Sazzo’s creative portfolio, Abduzeedo is a must know in any field of design.
Abduzeedo is a collective of individual writers sharing articles about architecture, design, photography and UX.
The website is not the most usable. Fortunately the layout change has made it easier to navigate and of course visually appealing. The ladder has never really been an issue of Sazzo. The category section was having some problems at first, and personally I think it would be nice of Sazzo added a scrolling navigation with thumbnails of each post in their respective category. However, if you just scroll down to the bottom of the page one can find links to all of the category selections.
As a designer, Sazzo really hit a home run with this website. His english is sometimes off, understandable. But Abduzeedo is all around a solid depiction of usable website design because of his format change. He definitely K(ept)ISS.
PROTIP – Pressing “n” inverts the websites colors!