What should a well designed website look like, part II?

We all had a good discussion in this office today about this website, circulated by Claudia Moeller, a colleague and art editor. It is around a year old but is part of a bigger conversation as to what makes a well designed website – as I wrote about in an earlier, ever-popular posting “what should a well designed website look like, part I”.

So what does it do well and what does it do badly. Here is the homepage.

It is great that it is so unusual looking, so a big tick there. But also some problems. There is little to indicate what Peepshow actually is (I still don’t quite know. I think it is a collective of graphic, web and clothes designers who have been at London’s St Martin’s Design College). News is also listed chronologically in a scroll down box but, again, you have to work it out. Next step, enter the site.

The navigation appears as a number of coloured slides that drop down into place (this slide certainly loves Flash) to sections such as exhibitions, design or animation. 

Click on a slide (once it has stopped moving) and the contents of that section are revealed. And then the final element – the details of the businesses that make up the Peepshow collective.

The imagery is contained within an old-fashioned slide frame. The only way back is to click on the cross in the top, right hand corner – not very obvious.

So we liked it, or elements of the design, but are quite clear as to its shortcomings.

What should a well designed website look like, part I, click here?


About John Welsh

John Welsh has spent his entire working life in business-to-business media, first traditional publishing, having edited three magazines over 14 years, and, second, exhibitions since 2007. He started this blog on 22 June 2008 and ended it on 18 May 2010.
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