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Making the Web a Friendlier Place

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley

Printing out this webpage on large paper would be really well balanced, laid out design.

But when looking at it on a screen, the canvas dimensions on the vertical axis approach infinity because of the ⤴ (icam150? mannovich and design choice bauhaus etc) the the process of scrolling has become a simple haptic motions: a curling, “come here” motion that the scroll wheel & touchpad mandate, as well as the momentum emulating flicks that touchscreen devices such as the iPhone, (and to a larger extent, the Nintendo Wii) are delving into.

As the people here at Information Architects say,

Most websites are crammed with small text that is a pain to read. Why? There is no reason for squeezing so much information onto the screen. It’s just a stupid collective mistake that dates back to a time when screens were really, really small.

Really. Lean back and look. Shock! Amaze! You can read the text! Relax.