When Does A Web Design Get Annoying! – The Internet is home to various artists, web artists, and designers both professional and amateur. The internet provides you and me, with opportunities that cannot be found any where else. We are free explore their artistic capabilities and publish content to a huge audience, well the entire world. However, unluckily, alongside this huge freedom of expression given to everyone, there is another side to consider. The other side is, offending sensibilities, even if you weren’t meant to. Some website provides great utility and aesthetic pleasure. While others are bound to get annoying and drive you away.
There are ways and means in order to avoid your website or a website getting annoying, and its best to start by knowing when web design of a website does get annoying.
Lets start with the Number 1 on my list:
Using colors that just do not work
Colors in good and sensible doses are fine. They tend to attract attention and communicate ideas and emotions to an audience. They can help add interest to a dull site full of text, and even introduce and maintain a certain mood (as in scary websites using black as a background).
However, there is a fine line between too much and just about right. What gets annoying, with the web design, is when it comes to colors is when readability of what the site is trying to say is compromised. There are some combinations that are too loud for comfort. When readability is compromised, it can pose great discomfort to the site’s visitors when they try to decipher the text that they want to have access to. The if they get too annoyed they will just leave. Using too many colors and colors that do not complement each other tend to make the website look goofy and awkward and can make the website lose whatever credibility it had gained.
Too many clicks to get to the end of the road
At the end of the day, people who visit websites do so in order to get to the information and the content of a website. Some websites tend to re-route visitors through too many clicks before they get to the content they want to get to. That is assuming that the content is indeed somewhere in the multiple pages they are made to access. Think of yourself, would you like to do this, it really gets annoying after a while. Rule of thumb says that a maximum of three clicks (but preferably less). This should be enough in order for someone surfing a site to get to the information they want to get to.
Excessive graphics that take too long to load
Graphics and pictures, when relevant and are the primary content meant for the website, are a welcome part of a web design, . However, when they just serve the purpose of aesthetic enhancement, you must really think hard. We all know that graphics and pictures that take a long to load and inevitably, slow the process of accessing primary content on your site. This has become one of the major reason why website visitors get annoyed and frustrated.
It is also helpful to note that not all visitors of the website are equipped with optimal download or Internet speeds. So, adding excessive graphics that are too large and take too long to load are not only unwelcome but also a great inconvenience to a great number of people. Which results in you losing the returning visitors.
Navigation that’s over-the-top and difficult to follow
Overcomplicating the navigation of the website design can greatly hinder the efficacy of the website. The navigation is what communicate the website content and can hurt the accessibility of many pages to its visitors. At any point during their visit to a site, it is important to assure that the visitors have some way in order to trace back their steps and return to content they previously accessed, as well as carry on with accessing other content.
For simplicity’s sake, many websites solve this problem by having a constant button present on all pages for visitors to return to their main menu page, or their cover page. There is also the ‘breadcrumb’ which lets user know where they are.
Fonts that simply do not work
Fonts are closely interlinked with the colors used in the website design. What designers need to think about is the browser, or better wording the user browser. Depending on the browser and fonts, which you have to guess, installed by the users on their computers, extremely decorative and highly uncommon fonts may not be displayed the way the web designer wanted them to appear. This has caught many designer, as they did not realise it. The end result of using uncommon fonts, is that it compromises the readability of the.
In order to avoid this from happening, many web designers opt to stay within the bounds of major font families (Helvetica, verdana, and the like). That way, they are confident that most (if not all) of their visitors will be viewing the site as designed, and thus have greater control of the way the page will be displayed in the end.
There is never a ‘perfect’ template for design as it is open to the subjectivity and artistic limitations of designers. However, understanding the behaviour of website visitors can only help make the design innovation, which in turns helps your site move towards better ranking and increase visitor numbers.