pixel_junkie wrote in post #17316946
You ever hear the expression "Simplicity is the ultimate sign of sophistication"? There's a reason why Apple is one of the biggest companies in the world - why is that? Minimal approach to design of everything they touch. People like that very much - simple, minimal, uncluttered, basic fonts. But they are not the only ones that follow this theory. Look at all the top brands of the world (Microsoft, Apple, Mercedes, BMW, AUDI, Rolex, whoever you can think of ...) - all of them have one thing in common - ultra clean, simple websites. These are websites that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to create, yet they are some of the simplest, cleanest designs out there. It isn't a coincidence, there's a good reason behind that. Borrow from them!
And that is why I don't frequent their sites. I frequent this site for photography and camaraderie of other like-minded individuals, and not the site design. That being said, a vast majority here like the site (less than 10% dislike it from those that answer the polls), and we will lose some members in the short term, but gain more than that later. I don't want this site to look like others, PERIOD. I like it being unique and unlike anything else out there. This isn't a software website, a car manufacturer website, this is an artist website. Mark my words, and I have been around the software/web circuit for a VERY LONG TIME, even in the days of internet infancy.
If you would spend some time reading through all the feedback threads and responses by Pekka, you would see that this is a continually changing site, with improvements made often. It is a shame you think that this site should look like all the others where they spent thousands of dollars to marketing firms and departments to develop their sites, but do it without the funding. How utterly ridiculous... If there was a way to do it, think of all the savings the fortune 500 companies would have, and make their shareholders happy! Oh, there is no way to do it, so why suggest something so ludicrous?
Sorry to be so blunt, but I work in this industry. As an executive IT manager, I have sat down with marketing firms locally to help design our website and looks, worked with consulting companies to help our development team develop our web apps, and so when I see comments like this, I have no other words than what I put above. If you were to interview and state how our designs should match all the other big companies, that would tell me you don't have the creativity and that "out of the box" initiative that we would be looking for in our application designs, in order to be an industry disruptor instead of an industry follower.