Let’s design a car that has square wheels and no windows because it will look really cool. Then let’s put the steering wheel on one side of the car and the foot pedals on the other side of the car. While we’re at it let’s forget to put a door on it so that you can’t actually get in to drive.

Now let’s give the design to the mechanic and tell him to build it.

It’s a sure bet he will tell you where to put your designs in no uncertain terms. Why is it then that designers/clients feel they can take the same approach to building a website? Mysterious unfathomable menus, text too small for the human eye to read and graphics the size of a bus.

I should stick to my guns and tell them to change the design, and although I complain about it at the start, I usually end up coding it much like the client wanted from the start. So the next time you visit a site and can’t work out how to navigate and where the text is too small to read then that will be my fault!

Dive Deeper

If you want to know more about the Pastry Box Project, you can read about the genesis (and goals) of the project.

Swim In The Stream

A stream of all the thoughts published on the Pastry Box Project is available. Keep it open somewhere, and lose yourself in it whenever you feel like it.

Meet Your Host

There are not only pieces of software talking to each other behind this website. There is a human, too. The Pastry Box is brought to you by Alex Duloz.

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