Take a look at these two sites:www.mofo.com
The new Morrison & Foerster site. Beautifully designed (I'm amazed a big law firm let something so beautiful, striking, modern and designed actually get built), well-written, organized, everything. And, since the design IS simple, the site loads instantly, which makes it a real treat to navigate.
This site, for Peter Arnell's ad agency, is even more beautiful than the MoFo site. Well-written, designed, and so on. But -- and this drives me nuts:
Because the site is grossly overdesigned, the video stream keeps freezing, which completely ruins the effect of the site.
Why do people keep doing this?
I'm using a Comcast broadband connection -- around 12 megabits per second. Reasonably fast.
The "Overview" section of the Arnell site, which is the home page, features a gorgeous video introduction to the firm. Arnell is a filmmaker, among other things, so the thing is terrific. But whoever built and/or set up the site, either failed Usability 101 or is just unconcerned with the people who actually will use it. I'm sure the video stream works flawlessly when it's running off a server inside the firm's offices. But when it's viewed out here in the real world, it pauses. It freezes. All the careful, beautiful edits are completely beside the point. It hung three times in the first ninety seconds.
And then I clicked away from it.