Do you like animation or flashy motion effects on a web site? In general, I don’t. A scrolling or jumping animation might catch my eye for a second, but it takes less than a second to click to another web site that isn’t so irritating.

I detest advertising.  Advertising invades our mind space without asking permission.  A web site with animated advertising reminds me of Mexican jumping beans!   Another annoyance is the pop-up that suddenly blocks what I’m reading, usually asking me to sign up for something.  I definitely won’t thanks to your annoying pop-up.

I do like:

  • Slide shows that I can control
  • Embedded videos when they are relevant, make me laugh, or teach me something. Video should be high quality and embedded on the page, don’t make me click to another site to watch it.

If you’re going to put something flashy on your site,  give control to the visitor. I don’t want to passively sit while something runs. That’s why I always click Skip Intro (you know what I’m talking about).


Analysis by Smart Alice Web Design & Photography, smart web design for businesses who want a unique and effective presence on the internet.

Copyright 2009, Alice Gebura, All Rights Reserved.


1 Comment

  1. Harry Chalmiers

    I like this analysis very much, Alice. Your insights are invaluable to me as I contemplate the web presence of McNally Smith College of music. In addition to your usual entertaining and incisive comments, I especially like YOUR web site for Smart Alice Web Design. Keep up the good work.

    Harry Chalmiers, President
    McNally Smith College of Music