A prospective client of mine asked me to take a look at some design docs for a website. Let's call the client Bo and leave it at that. Bo is a designer who had a very specific idea about the designed website and had hired some people execute this idea. Unfortunately it didn't work out as Bo was expecting and the result was very disappointing.Note: A client of mine asked me to write blog posts for them. This is the first one. You can find the post on their website, linden-it.com. You can find a copy below for posterity (added at least a month later).
Bo sent me the design docs and website and I had a look. The design was fine, it’s not my place to judge that. The website he gave me was another matter though.
I went to open the website. Well huh, it had been a while since I had seen a loading screen in the browser. Aside from games and demos that is. These were obviously mocks as the mock contents did not take ten seconds to load, but it had me scratching my ears nonetheless. How you're going to make a loading screen on the web realistic is beyond me and probably not worth the effort. But hey, if the designs need you to download 20 megabytes of content I guess there's merit in a loading screen. So who knows.
The main effect that happened afterwards was kinda nice. It was a diamond grid that moved in place like a web and made a tiny effect at some interval after that. The contents of the website was loaded in custom popups, including custom scrolls and custom menus. I'm not sure if that's what you want to use for your website, but then again I'm not a designer.
The website wasn’t coded by Bo but by somebody Bo hired. I don’t know who. Seeing what the previous coder had required to get that to work was very disappointing. All kinds of libraries were tied in together, page weight of about 500KB (ok, 250KB gzipped). All this just to show a cute diamond spider web effect and some custom text boxes? My spider sense was tingling.
The point of this little anecdote is that you should try to pick the right tool for the right job. You may be excellent at building sand castles but when the Royal Bank of Scotland asks you to build a bank on the beach for them, you should still respectfully explain that a sandy vault may not entirely live up to their expectations. Even when they think it would. You’re the expert on sand, not them.