John Naughton says my website "would make a graphic designer reach for a sickbay" -- but in a good way.
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- sickbag!Feb 19, 2012
- "John Naughton says my website "would make a graphic designer reach for a sickbay" -- but in a good way." - That is exactly what happens when you maximise information per message length ((C)Shannon). Just a choice of a cost function.Feb 19, 2012
- To the people hating on Norvig's site, please remember that every moment he spends prettying it up is a moment he didn't spend building self-driving cars... which will take our jobs, then develop a taste for human flesh.
Come to think of it, sir, you really should devote a few years to prettying up that website. Meanwhile, I'll be stockpiling weapons and canned tuna.Feb 19, 2012
- Well, wishing to keep Norvig busy with website is hardly a solution, not even a delay, considering he is not alone in that business. We just need to realise that the stuff we develop is putting evolutionary pressure back on us. If we want to survive we have to make right choices and avoid all the traps. I am optimistic we will. Now, could dinosaurs get saved by canned tuna?Feb 19, 2012
- Form over function is a battle that is raging for a long time. Aesthetics should be non intrusive and each website or data store should have an mechanism to provide minimalistic data, for clients who need them.Feb 20, 2012
- I see Naughton's point(s) about the evils of bloated webpages, but his underlying premise -- graphic designers are at fault -- is misleading, at best.
Of those 300+ referrers he saw whizzing through his status bar (at the site), I'd bet 95% had little or no connection with 'design' in the sense of layout and construction. Rather, they are all about money: strategic partnerships, advertising affiliates, social graphication, eyeball tracking, etc. In other words, we're talking about the assorted JS shenanigans called-for by those 'sharp pencil' types up in the executive suite...not graphic designers, surely. In fact, I'm confident in saying designers abhor that stuff, finding it anathema to their finer sensibilities.Feb 20, 2012