website design first impressions
Posted 19 February 2004 - 05:15 PM
This also brings up the issue of optimization for quick download. Do you still optimize every image, or do you vary depending on the target audience of the website? We may all have broadband connections but most people still don't. I generally output everything at 60% optimization through photoshop, sometimes less if i can get away with it. I also closely monitor the file size output of flash movies to see where i can cut corners. As a general rule of thumb i try to stay below 200kb for an individual page, usually just the index page as it's most important for first impressions. How do you feel file size optimization impacts customer first impressions and what do you do about it?
Posted 14 March 2004 - 08:31 AM
it's 2004, folks, and it's time that broadband was propogated throughout our nation. best way to do that is make surfing the web slightly painful to those who haven't adopted, forcing them to join our ranks!
Posted 14 March 2004 - 05:56 PM
But besides the audience bandwidth speed, is a good use to optimaze your content. Personally, i frequently used 60% at jpeg (sometimes 80%), change to gif when i need a lower color palette and when it came to Flash movies, besides the jpeg quality control and the neverending use of symbols, is the use of Action Scripts. But im not talking about the easy ones: i mean for example creating a whole menu with rollover-rollout effects with just a couple of symbols, a 15-20 lines script and everything on just one frame. Difference of sizes betwen a classic one and a fully-scripted one can amaze anyone.
Posted 14 March 2004 - 06:53 PM
The future is broadband - if we continue to stay in the past, then that future will only become further away.
I personally use a large flash header and a few images. While many people are using jpeg files, I have always found that gif files (even for photos and high color items) are always better looking and have a lower file size.
Posted 14 March 2004 - 08:25 PM
A little off the point, but something else to consider; what if the person viewing your page is visually impaired? Won't make a difference about how the page looks, it will be more about accessibility of your content.
just my $0.02.
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