Today I came across a great post
and it blew my mind away. It helped me to start rethinking what a designer’s job is.
I worked in a company where we had two best designers I had ever seen. I knew they posted work on Dribbble and were both pixel perfectionists. But I only saw their final design work without seeing the processing stage. And I naturally thought design is all about pixels. And I am wrong.
Some websites like chan4, stack overflow actually preserved old style of website and still served millions of users. Although there are countless rich interaction websites that serve similar purposes, many of them are copying cool interactions rather than rethinking the usages of those interactions. Although I think a cool website is necessarily for a successful website, it is not sufficient. Pixels perfect product may draw people’s attention at first, but what really pulls people is convenient functions and fluid workflows.
I agree with the @PADDAY that we should firstly think about the outcome we want to achieve and then start working on structure, workflow and finally the visual details. Without a clear vision of the outcome, all the other efforts are just fruitless.
Should IT product be cool or useful? It is yet hard to argue. I will just post some very cool websites.
adioso.com: It is a airfare searching website that allows you to type natural language to search. It also has wild search and tries to make smart decisions for you.
Flotr enables you to draw appealing graphs in most modern browsers with an easy to learn syntax.
The currently supported chart types are :
- Histograms (vertical, horizontal, stacked bars)
- Lines (filled or not)
- Points (scatter plots)
- Pie chart
- Candle sticks (and barcharts)
- Radar chart
- Markers (positioned text)
Flotr: Basic Axis Example
dojox.charting provides many common chart types–including line, bar, area and pie charts– and gives you the flexibility to mix many types of charts for unprecedented visualization.