Web design tip: What not to do

By Steve Outing

Projo.com has a nice story about 8th graders as they prepare for the coming transition to high school. (That’s a topic near and dear; my oldest daughter starts high school next fall.) But check out the story’s online layout. Ugh.

The four photos of the kids profiled (all with braces! mine, too) are stationary on the page. Use the scroll bar to move down the text and they stay in the same place. Problem is, on my screen at least, you can’t see the bottom part of the lower two photos, and can’t scroll to bring it into view. Also, it’s not intuitive that the scroll bar is how you move down the narrow strip of text in the middle. (And I think the text column is too narrow to read comfortably.) Don’t do this on your site.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!