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TIME’s poor “Person of the Year” poll #web2.0 @time

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I’ve been voting in “Who Will Be TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year?” The way it’s set up I need to remember that I gave certain people certain points; Mark Zuckerberg 78; Hamid Karzai – 15; Julian Assange – 90; Glenn Beck – 77; etc. Wouldn’t it be better to rate them in order?

It’s quite simple really: drag and drop the names and/or images or names of the candidates in the order of the ranking and based on that TIME can actually rank all the people correctly. When you believe Karzai is more influential than Jobs, put him first; less influential than Assange put him after. It’s really not much harder than that.

Please enter this century TIME, it’s not so scary here.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

December 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Simplicity Is Key – Trends in Website Design

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I’ve been noticing a trend in the frontpage of website design, which I have briefly modeled below. I have an idea that this might have been inspired by Google’s “more is less” for their landing page, although they tend to go for less simplicity with the exception of search.

Firstly it’s the two or three tone webpage, a colored band of content in the centre of the page separating the top link bar and the bottom rest space. In the top row the navigation is placed slightly left aligned, with or without a small logo preceding it on the absolute left. Usually the sign-in and -up possibilities are aligned at the right of the page.

The centre band usually contains a large logo left aligned or a large non-descriptive image, left there is possible a login box, although usually there is a sign-up or pricing box advertising the paid for version. Underneath there are three boxed the left box containing video or or an interactive feature, the centre mentioning a special feature – or niche feature – of the product offered, and the right hand box containing “Something Special”, which can be anything like mobile applications, Google Apps or platforms supported.

The top of the lower band usually also contains 3 boxes, the left containing video examples – if not used before. The centre contains the other common features of the product. And the right is often a media exposure box, although it can also contain a social media box, such as a Twitter or FaceBook stream. The next row in the lower band usually contains a broad box containing blog or news items, although customer or media feedback is also very common here, and the right box contains that what wasn’t included in the upper box. Finally the last row, if it’s there, contains any 2 or 3 box combination with any of the items not mentioned above, although it often contains a social media box on the right when it hasn’t been mentioned above.

The lowest part of the site, mostly contains a sitemap, with direct links to most of the important pages on the site.

So now you know how it’s made.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

November 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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