Andkon Proposes New Design for Mozilla Foundation Front Page

Tuesday July 27th, 2004

Sometime Mozilla antagonist Andras "andkon" Konya has written an essay on how the Mozilla Foundation can attract new users by improving its website. Andkon takes a critical look at the current front page and the main Mozilla Firefox page before presenting an alternative front page design that he believes will cater better to the needs of end users.

#10 Design Quality?

by Simplex

Tuesday July 27th, 2004 11:03 PM

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I *never* knee-jerk react to suggestions like this. (I didn't do it to the new default theme in Fx, either.) But I read that article a while ago linked from someone's blog here on mozillazine. I can see his points. Mozilla isn't selling itself to users enough. It' isn't making it dumbfoundingly simple (though it is simple) to download their products, which products they are marketing, and what is right for whom, but I think they do an OK job. Improvement? Sure. Do I think the Dave Shea's choice in Tan was a little odd? Yes. But under any circumstance do I think that the atrocity that this article produces is worthy of mozilla's blessing? A resounding NO. A stab-my-eye-out NO.

The *ONLY* thing I like about it, are the the red and blue radial-gradient boxes behind the two product listings. There are so many many things asthetically wrong with that website. And he loves some of them. He loves the grey background because it gets out of the way, but most print designers would die before putting red and blue on gradient grey. Shiver.

Not to mention the content problems he has. The search feature is at the *bottom* of the page. His Firefox primer has "Please click the feature's link to see a short demo of the feature." which brings us right back to 1995 where we have to tell users where to click and what will happen when they do. The Firefox and Thunderbird headers aren't themselves links. Although he claims illustrious salesmanship and the ability to sell his products to viewers in 800x600 above the fold, there are 0 links to download software there. There is so much more, but I'm supposed to be doing homework -- I'm too busy banging my head on my desk. And I'm normally a sane person.

I just never thought this would be a mozillazine article, and never in my wildest mind would I believe that there would be people on here who thing that his design isn't horrible.

"Please stick a small logo or banner on your site proclaiming your like of Mozilla." -- AHHHHHHHH I'm going INSANE!!!