Monday, July 27

your favourite website

Im interested in knowing what your favourite websites look like. Why are they your favourite, what makes them great? What do you look for? What appeals? I really want to get mine right. Eco witout being twee, fun but not too light...
If you show me yours, i'll show you mine!

10 comments:

Julie said...

I like the "less is more" approach - simple layout, easy to navigate, no blinkies, plain background (preferably white) to let any pictures speak for themselves... I can't think of any direct links off the top of my head, but I'll get back to you...

innercitygarden said...

From my friend Virginia's work site "We build software for our clients that aims to be powerfully simple. If it's a public-facing website, we craft it to high standards of navigability and accessibility. The success of any website is determined, not by flashy graphics, not even by a wealth of content, but by the experience of its visitors."
http://www.inventivelabs.com.au/about-the-labs

Looking great is important, and getting a professional designer should help (if you are talking to a graphic designer make sure they understand how the web is different from print), but don't let the appearance get in the way of the information architecture. People want to find what they're looking for as quickly as possible. If you irritate people they will click away and never come back.

This is a good online shop
http://www.thirddrawerdown.com/shop

There are lots and lots of examples of websites I hate, ones I like are hard to come by.

innercitygarden said...

http://www.readings.com.au/ works well too.

If you're talking to professionals they should be able to give you a few options, a basic no frills arrangement to get you started, something fancier if you want to splash out. You've only got one product (from my understanding) so it shouldn't be very complicated.

Rixa said...

My husband's cousin who started a landscaping business (mostly xerascaping in southern Alberta): http://www.earthlingsinc.ca/

I like simple, but not cheap looking. Elegant without being fussy.

Annuska said...

I like it easy to navigate, crisp and fresh.
Our Web designer talks about the 3 click max rule to get to where you want to go.
Architects sites are often nice, but this school I really like too:
http://www.airelliure.com/airelliure.html
In one click you get where you need...

Annuska said...

For when there is a need for text and images I like this one: http://www.imagineschooldesign.org/detail.html?&tx_ttnews[cat]=6%2C8%2C10%2C18&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=114&tx_ttnews[backPid]=5&cHash=2a65087c48

For products I like the ones that have 2 parts: one that one can see when you get in, and then more busy when you scroll down. this one is perhaps a bit too busy in the upper part, but still okish to show you what I mean:
http://www.architonic.com/

Annuska said...

Hi Kel
Sorry to be so often in your post now- it is just that we are going through a similar exercise. These ones are like community oriented-let you participate sites and they are quite good, depending on what you are thinking...(the first one was talked about in the New York Times as extremelly successful)
http://www.polyvore.com/
http://www.kaboodle.com/

Kel said...

thanks everyone for your great suggestions. i have visited them all and noted what you/i may have liked about each one. There's lots to think about. As a product range of 1 is a little strange (lol), i have decided to 'do more'! I will let you know of the website launch via this blog! Functionality and cleanliness are impt as is an owner friendly admin area! I have learnt alot about web tech in the last few weeks!

random planter said...

This is one website I like, not a commercial one but has a stylish look and is simple http://www.sixdegrees.org.au/
I do like the idea of home page pictures that change - not so much live changes (like six degrees) but having alternating main pictures that come up when you go to the site. I think that makes a site interesting and may attract revisits because the site doesn't feel so static - and the pictures should be high quality.
But really the most important thing from a user's point of view is making site simple to use, particularly if you are going to have internet sales - you want the buying process to be as short & quick as possible with a clear path from item to checkout - a lot of sites get this wrong.
The other big thing I reckon is not to put up the site until it is fully functional - websites under development or partly developed are a big turnoff.
James

Kel said...

james- i agree, simple, straightforward and easy shopping- i now understand why some are better than others at organising their shopping carts! price! better shopping carts cost more! LOL lots more! and yes, i definitely agree with you, when i launch my website it will be fully functional, that annoys me too!