How NOT to design a website...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by vgoklani, May 20, 2006.

  1. vgoklani macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2004
  2. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I second that. Not to mention those unnecessary sound effects. I prefer tranquility for shopping online. If I like noise and hassle, I will go for a brick and mortar store. I feel Crumpler's web designer went overboard with this in a botched attempt to be unique and difference.
  3. xPismo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    Yikes. I'm glad I had the sound off.

    What are the movies for? The beer as barter / crumpler bags ad thing?!

    In no way slick/cool/trendy/interesting. Good bags, I hear though.
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    GOD that is awful. Really really bad. Like trying to be so cool, its fallen so flat on its face it can see china....

    Bury that site Crumpler. That's designer tack of the highest caliber...
  5. Max on Macs macrumors 6502

    Max on Macs

    Feb 25, 2006
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I'm a web developer, and I agree with you that design really is awful :/

    Regarding finding a case for your MBP, Apple Store is doing a 30% discount on the LeBag from Be-ez at the moment and I for one won't e missing it :) Very nice cases indeed if you like backpacks. Since I cycle about 10 miles a day wth my MBP I really need a backpack.
  6. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    Wow... I wanted to shoot myself 5 seconds into that site
  7. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    actually I think the Crumpler website is one of the best out there, not to mention they make awesome bags.

    The site is fun and unexpected, and different from everything else. Screw all you main stream conformists out there! :p Plus any company that takes Beer in exchange for bags, has to be top notch!
  8. aminadab macrumors regular

    May 3, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Their site was THE reason why I did NOT buy one of their bags. I'm sure they're great and the site is "fun" enough. However, I couldn't get the information I needed when choosing a bag -- sizes, cloth material, compatibility with my computer, etc. I'm sure it's all there, but after 20 mins on the site, I gave up waiting to have it pop out at me. Too bad, I've heard really good things about the bags. I went with a R.E.load bag, custom built out of Philly, PA. Their site isn't terrifically exciting, but when buying something, I'll take solid information over entertainment anytime.
  9. Daedalus256 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Pittsburgh, PA
    That's immediately what I thought. I had no problem finding the catalogue and checking it out either.
  10. vgoklani thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2004
    That Be-ez bag looks pretty cool, but you can't order one unless your in Europe :( They don't have a US distributor
  11. OldCorpse macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2005
    compost heap
    Site's irritating as hell... gawdawful music too...

    Now, for being non-conformist... yes, I know folks love their bags... well, being non-conformist, I frankly find them bleh... not awful, but totally unappealing. For my money, YMMV, tom bihn bags are da bomb (have one, see siggy)...

    There's no right or wrong in taste... one thing though: the tom bihn bags are really carefully thought out and tested for their functionality... plus awesome build quality (and no, I don't work for them, nor am I affiliated in any other way than a satisfied customer).
  12. xPismo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    Like totally dude. :D I'm a huge tom bihn fan too. Actually, I guess I should start looking for a few accessories for my 15" at discounts as they go EOL.

    Hmmm, a new bag, and that cool sleeve I've been eyeing. . . :cool:
  13. eddx macrumors regular


    May 12, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    Obviously the bags are so expensive to feed the web designers drug habbits...its the only logical explaination for these crimes against web design! :D
  14. iCaffeine macrumors member

    May 4, 2006
  15. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    That website is annoying, but you can still figure it out okay. I liked their bags. I might get one.
  16. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    Ditto. I find the site perfect for the products they're selling and the ethos of the company. In fact the site cracks me up. I wouldn't appreciate it if it was my universities library webpage but in context it's great. Their brick and mortar stores aren't too badly fitted out either :)!

    I've a powerbook sleve from crumpler (school hymn) which is top quality) and I'm heading back their with my DSlite to pick up a case for it. Good quality products :).
  17. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    You know first impressions matter a lot, and my first impression was "Ugh who in the heck designed this awful website!". It's an instant turnoff that automatically creates negative imagery in my mind about their bags regardless of their quality.
  18. gog macrumors regular

    May 13, 2005
    Jobs' kitchen cupboard.

    Thats hilarious.
    I love their website.
  19. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Same here. I went with a timbuk instead.
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I'm with you. I was able to navigate just fine. Guess it's user error.
  21. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    :rolleyes: Yes, the rest of us are morons.

    I had no problem navigating the site. Finding any useful information, however, proved to be too much work. I happen to agree, the site is fun and its got some personality and flair, which is cool. But then, at least make it easy to figure out which bags hold what.

    Take a look at the timbuk site. No, its not as cool looking, but its very clear which of their bags will hold what size computer.

    Crumplers also struck me as being a bit more expensive for what they offered, but maybe that was just perception.
  22. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    no it's not. i could easily navigate the website, found all available information.

    but there is not enough information available, you need a number of extra mousclicks to find the info, the colors and layout are distracting, the website does not adhere to the usual layout. the music makes it impossible to use this site while you are at work or in class where most people do their online shopping.;)

    it's a disaster. on this website some over-creative webdesigner did what HE wanted and not what's useful for the customer and serves the purpose. usually i leave a website after 30sec if i can't get what i want and shop somewhere else. no good webdesigner should create something like this and no reputable company should represent themselfs to customers like this.
    but hey, everybody see's things different and shops at different websites.:)

    my two cents.
  23. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I have said it before and I'll say it again, I wouldn't buy a Crumpler bag just because their website is so atrocious.
  24. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2006
    Actually, I'm a designer and I think the site is great... infact I work at a rather large web design firm and I just sent that site out to our entire company the other day as inspiration. It's VERY creative and fun. For people like myself, creating your standard run of the mill, boring ass HTML experience gets to be ont he tiring side. Obviously this site is not going to win site of the year, but it was fun enough to catch my attention, and I bought a bag from them... then I passed the site on to about 300 other people, many of which who own 12-17" laptops.

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