• Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, over 5 years ago

    Blog sidebars & inline article links.

    Why do I need to be distracted by this crap while I'm trying to read your article?

    Furthermore, why is most of this crap on the page in the first place?

    Science has condemned multitasking as a productivity method, and yet designers still think it's perfectly fine to assault readers with 100 different link options while reading an article.

    Yes, internal linking is important for SEO, but do we really need to do it in the body of the article?

    Use a source index and related links AFTER the article.

    Thankfully, more designers are figuring this out.

    End rant.

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    • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, over 5 years ago


      More often than not, it's the clients dictating this type of thing, in my experience.

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      • Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, over 5 years ago

        Maybe for custom work, but clients can't be blamed for the thousands of themes designed with these features.

        Plus, it's part of a designer's job to inform clients on design matters.

        I never let clients dictate anything that ultimately works against their goals. They may persist in the end and get their way, but I'm certainly not going to relent without giving them my recommendation.

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        • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, over 5 years ago

          A) Definitely agree on those themes - wonder if they include them because they want to or because including them will help the themes sell better? Could be a chicken/egg thing going on.

          B) I would love to say that this worked with all clients all the time, but I've found that once certain clients see something on another site or get an idea in their head, they will cling to that until the end. Sure, I'll recommend other solutions, but doesn't mean I always win that fight.

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          • Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, over 5 years ago

            Yeah, I don't win them all either. But I feel like we all gotta keep trying.

            Smaller companies tend to listen, but some of the bigger clients I've worked with have a "vision" that doesn't include my input.

            I've just never understood those companies that hire you and then presume to know what the best solution is. It's a sore point for me, as I'm sure it is for all designers.

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    • James GreigJames Greig, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Disagree with you on inline links.

      Links maketh the web.

      Separating them from the content makes them less usable...

      Imagine trying to use Wikipedia without inline links for example.

      Ok that's an extreme article, but a well designed link style shouldn't be so loud that it makes a paragraph of text containing a few links unreadable.

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      • Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, over 5 years ago

        Yeah, I see your point.

        A few subtle links within an article is fine. I guess my biggest beef is with these sites where you're reading an article and damn near every other sentence is a hyperlink to another article.

        I just keep thinking, "hey, can I finish the article I'm reading NOW before you redirect me to some other article?"

        I much prefer the method employed in books where you have an unobtrusive indicator that a source is cited or an idea needs elaboration, then you can reference those at the bottom of the page or in the appendix.

        I just prefer an unobtrusive reading environment where I can focus on the content in front of me without being tempted to click away.

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