BBspot (6): How many e-mails a day do you get
that tell you that YOUR site sucks and what do you tell these people?
Vincent: The number depends on whether people read the FAQ
or not. If they're smart enough to read the FAQ, they don't write.
I probably get a couple a week. My response? I tell them to read
the FAQ. Basically, the site is called Web Pages That SUCK and not
Web Pages That DON'T suck. I try to make the site suck in less obvious
ways. The front page uses CSS rather poorly -- but it's a page that
validates correctly for CSS and HTML 4.01 or something. If you visit
the page using Netscape you'll get this message that everyone misinterprets
that I'm a pro-Microsoft browser person. I've also tried the "obviously
this page sucks" approach -- but nobody got the satire.
They thought I was serious. I'm always tempted to "fix" it
but doing so would be giving in. I'm stubborn that way <g>.
BBspot (7): If you could change one thing in the course of
web history what would it be and why?
Vincent: I would have forced Microsoft and Netscape to flip
a coin to see which company would be the only one to offer a browser
-- the loser had to get out of the browser market and nobody else
could offer a browser.
BBspot (8): After web designers grow tired of Flash what
do you foresee as the next scourge of web design?
Vincent: I don't think designers will get tired of Flash.
It's actually trying to play nice and as bandwidth increases it will
be less problematic. I think the next scourge won't come from designers
but from software vendors. For a while I thought Microsoft's Smart
Tags would be the next scourge of the Web. Right now, all the spyware
programs are the scourge. I think whatever new scourge is going to
come from software vendors. I hate to say this, but I'm sure your
audience of techies realizes, we're not in the world of Web design,
we're in the world of software design. Web designers have moved from
being architects to house painters. It's sad.
BBspot (9): Do you feel the dot com bubble bursting has helped
or hurt the
proliferation of bad web design?
Vincent: It's definitely helped. Web sites now have to be
accountable and that means the Web sites have to be more usable --
have to sell products. They can't use bad design techniques because
they can't afford to lose customers.
BBspot (10): If you could choose to improve something else
in the world besides web
design what would you like that to be?
Vincent: Protecting all the endangered primates, especially
gorillas and orangutans. We also need to protect the plants. Why?
Because there's some plant out there that's going to cure whatever
disease that is going to kill you but once that plant is gone...
BBspot (11): Many geeks wax nostalgic about the good old
days of the Internet when web pages were mostly text and not littered
with banner ads and flash navigation. Do you agree that the web was
better back then or has the web gotten better in the past 5-10 years?
Vincent: It's much more interesting now. I really love all
the experimental and art sites people think I hate. I love what's
Tell your audience to keep writing cool tools.
Check out Part
I of the interview where Vincent addresses someone who hates
him and rock stars.
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