Just wondering if any other users believe that simplicity in web design is a key to that project or sites success? Has the advent of dynamic sites and flash based internet applications made the web far too complex for some people?
Yes, I believe simple web sites are the key to a successful web site. But this depends on your services and the content of your web site. Look at google for example; itt is a very simple web site but has a lot of visitors. Other search engines have a slow web site; I think that is why most people use google.
I agree with Carl as simple websites can still look good and provide easy ways to navigate. I always thought thought of Yahoo a little too comples and they focus on ads more than anything. Google on the other hand is simple and yet probably the largest site on the internet. Look at this site. The layout is simple, but using simple gradients and banners it looks really good. Take the New York Times website, very simple and plain, but easy to navigate unlike my local newspaper the Florida Today it take forever to find anything and looks terrible for it is too complex.
i tend not to like websites that are filled with menus on the left and right, and more so in every 10th pixels vertically or even horizontally. it's just all bunched up together, which makes a user hard to navigate and surf, imo. this is an exception for news websites though.
simple is best. not too much on the first page, and many sub links that makes sense to the main links. my websites has been like this, and it looks well, i have no complaints from any users, and they all have been surfing nicely through the links without any hassles.
as for graphic wise, simple is best. i have tried to create complex designs but in the end it wasn't widely acceptable by my advisors, so i had to scrap it and start all over with a nice simplistic design.
but in the end, it's the content that drives people to your site, no matter how bad your design is, as long as you have very good unique content, they will come. i can't say for common contents though, as you will have competition from others.
Simple sites are easier for noobs to navigate (assuming you cater to the world, this is the majority of your visitors). When you have flash sites with images that are buttons and intense graphics you are likely to give grandma a heart attack. I personally only use flash when it is absolutely necessary; almost never. I prefer using PHP and CSS. I try to have minimal graphics as well as I don't like huge bandwidth bills at the end of the month. I guess it all depends on what kind of site you have and who you are trying to attract. If you are a skateboard shop with an online presence you might want to have some cool effects on your site since little kids will be visiting alot and can appreciate bloated/graphics intensive sites. If you are a regular business who caters to all ages you probably should have a kids section (Flash) and adult section that loads quick and is easy to navigate.
--- these are all personal opinions... agree or disagree as you may.
Originally posted by nzbm Just wondering if any other users believe that simplicity in web design is a key to that project or sites success? Has the advent of dynamic sites and flash based internet applications made the web far too complex for some people?
Design is as much about function ability and ease of use as overall appearance. Simplicity of design has been a hallmark of some of the most successful products in history. Sometimes it is a mistake to use technology for its own sake. Consider how many times you’ve visited a site, only to find a flash introduction that takes so long to download that you leave the site?