Whenever I see things online that don't make sense to me I always wonder "Why did they do that?" I suspect there must have been a reason, but in most cases I'll never know.
Here are a few sites that have made me wonder recently.
Because of the time difference between Seattle and Germany, I've been following a lot of the World Cup matches via FIFA's MatchCast service.
They do a good job of fitting a lot of information into a small area, but is it really necessary to include fouls committed and suffered?
After all, won't the number of fouls committed by team A be equal to the number suffered by team B?
Of course, in this instance (see screenshot), they are not – and I haven't a clue why. Who can you commit a foul against other than the opposing team? The ref? Yourself?
The KIRO 7 web site obviously believes more navigation is better. Surely this can't have been tested with users. Four rows of navigation?! I've got to believe that there are some (huge) usability issues with this arrangement.
Sidenote: Jared Spool has written a great article about creating link rich home pages.
Parenting.com has adopted an interesting way to display popular search results and conceptually I think it works rather well.
However, I wonder if this format is appropriate for the audience to this web site – non-technical mothers. This concern seems to be backed up by the fact that the concept of the tag cloud has to be explained above it.
On closer examination, I'm not buying that this is a user-generated tag cloud. These terms look like they have been written by the site's editors. I mean, who's really going to be using the phrases "back talk" or "gear & products" to search for things?
So, either these terms were created by the site's editors based on user search data, or they just made them up. I'm beginning believe the latter.
I even wonder if the relative importance given to the different terms is based on any actual user data.
Although these are supposed to be check marks, they look more like capital V's. How hard would it be to make them a bit clearer?
Posted on: June 16, 2006 | 6 Comments