Fred Showker catches a line from a Pete Seeger classic,
Where have all the flowers gone? His flowers
are the web designers that he thinks are going extinct.
He laments on the seeming decay in the art
of web designing and says gone are the designers who
made a difference in the making of web designs and who
provided quality sites for the people to visit.
Showker argues that he has seen a decline in the quality
of web sites basing from reviews he made of several
sites. From his statements, I can see that he is well-versed
in making analyses of web sites and is a credible source
of information. Many sites came under his meticulous
scrutiny and not one was spared.
Some of the sites that he revisited were dead and others
that are still up failed to meet the expected standards.
The changes he saw came as a shock since he did not
expect many of them to go down the drain.
Riddler.com was one site that Showker said proved to
be a disappointment as it took out of consideration
the reading pleasure of the reader and instead took
on a much commercialized look. Webshaker.com is similar
Ben & Jerrys ice cream was another site that
was axe by Showker. Indeed, I was surprise to see a
content in the site about the Black History month with
Martin Luther King Jr.s picture in it. I have
to agree with Fred on this one as I see no relevance
of the content in promoting B&Js ice cream.
Perhaps there is an underlying purpose for that but
I honestly dont see its bearing here.
Of course there are web sites that met Showkers
scrutiny like Hallmark, Camobell Soups and Smuckers.
These sites provided a good site for browsing and had
a good visual offering for the visitor.
Fred Showkers main thesis in his review is the
importance of the reader as an element in the creation
of web sites. The site must be tailor-made for the reader
for it to reap the fullest benefits. The content must
be of relevance to the reader and not just provide a
stiff approach to giving out information.
He further adds that a site may come up short on the
design aspect but it still should follow this basic
concept, "The reader is the most important element
in the equation." Style gives way to message, and
content is STILL king.
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