The assorted finds of Artefact Publishing

Sad state of web design

The NetGuide Best Web Designer award went to InterACTION, particularly for their work on ASB Bank's site. It seems that web design is still stuck in the Bad Old Days, or else that this web award is worthless — or, more likely, both of these are true.

InterACTION’s site is Flash, with no textual alternative. Oops. The Flash site even has a Flash intro. The ASB Bank site uses frames, and if your browser doesn’t support frames, one gets those familiar words thrown at one: This page uses frames, but your browser doesn't support them. Going past that, I see tables and I see invalid HTML. In fact, no encoding information is given, and there is no doctype declaration. In short, technically it’s rubbish.

What is really sad is that it may be that this is truly the best that New Zealand professional web designers are creating. Anyone care to give me hope by pointing out companies doing the simplest part of web development well?

Posted by jamie on November 15, 2003 11:44+13:00


Jamie! I have the answer - what we need to do is get the porn sites to start becoming standards complient - they tend to drive the industry... Take popup ads, streaming media and bright colours everywhere for example ;)

And while we are at it, bring back blink...

Posted by: Shaun on November 19, 2003 10:56+13:00