January 1, 2003
MarkBernstein.org
 

Simple: Web Sites

Simple: Web Sites
Stefran Mumaw

Simple: Web Sites is, in the end, a survey of HTML Minimalism. Mumaw does a nice job of the task, marred only slightly by his apparent belief that HTML Minimalism is the dominant style in the post-bubble era. Budgets are down, but depressions love baroque and rococo. Interestingly, Simple Web Sites tend to be horizontal Web sites, Web sites that resist vertical scrolling. An enigmatic book, in short, but not unthoughtful, and its systematic inclusion of design sketches from client meetings and Information Architecture brainstorming sessions is a valuable and instructive step that deserves much more attention that it has received.