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It's succeeding in proving that the 'fold' is a myth. It's a shame we still have to.
does anyone realize it's a payment provider?
Yes. It contains the words 'Better Payments' in 80px type. It's somewhat hard to miss.
I have no idea what this means.
Thats a valid point, Luke. I appreciate there are people here who want to have a constructive conversation, they're just few and far between. Just look at the 'upvotes' on the comments on this thread to see the groupthink in action.
I'm totally devoid of any inclination to try and engage with this 'community', especially after the pretentious and patronising responses to the whole 'whats wrong with DN thread' that seemed to suggest the entire reason this site sucks is something to do with product designers, dribbble and people having the audacity to still be in their 20s. That was the straw that broke the camels back for me, I'm not interested in engaging with most of the people who make up this 'community', quite frankly. The amount of bitter jealousy around these parts is immense.
I shouldn't have posted, but I couldn't resist a bit of trolling. If you'd like to discuss the merits of brutalism in architecture or why the word brutalism is totally misrepresented when it comes to web design, I'd be happy to have a sensible conversation with you. My reply to Stuart above is considerably more constructive and probably a good place to start.
Note that his reply to me had direct attacks accusing me of not possessing the knowledge I require to do my job properly, and it currently has 4 upvotes. Be nice or else.
Thanks, Stuart. I'd love you to elaborate a bit. I think you may have misunderstood my comment.
I'm interested as to why you think not liking 'brutalist web design' means I have a zero-to-null understanding of 'design'. Seems like a bit of a stretch really.
As for architecture, nah, I'm not an architect. I don't profess to have knowledge in it. I'm interested in it, as a hobby, sure. I enjoy brutalism, I kinda have to as I used to live in Croydon and now I live down the road from the Barbican. You see brutalism in architecture has it's merits, it's got this kind of raw connection with its materials and an unrelenting focus on function. It divides and splits opinion, for sure, but this isn't what makes it brutalism.
In essence, if you managed to read and understand my comment properly, you'd have seen that I was really saying this:
'Brutalism in architecture splits aesthetic opinion, some hate it, some love it. However brutalisms approach in connecting with it's materials and it's unrelenting focus on function give it a merit outside of its aesthetics. Brutalism in web design is just an bad aesthetic treatment with none of the elegance of brutalism, none of the focus on the underlying materials and often ends in a result that makes the function even harder to ascertain.'
Really what I'm saying is this isnt brutalist web design - it's just bad.
Thats been happening for ages. It's been 'be nice in the way that we think nice is' forever. There's countless posts and comments bashing 'dribbble kids' and all the rest of it. Hundreds of posts proclaiming that this place is full of people who 'don't understand how the design industry works' etc etc.
Is that nice? I don't think it's very nice. No one ever calls out these people though, because the circle jerk around here agrees with them.
The only time anyone points out the 'Be nice' thing around here is when someone comes along and disagrees with the groupthink.
I can imagine a couple of Architects getting quite excited when they got sold on having a 'brutalist' website.
Imagine their disappointment when they realised that brutalism in the web design world is just another word for shit.
It's a pretty open brief, the time constraint is probably added to try and keep your scope narrow on a brief that could go really wide.
It's not the best exercise I've seen, but it's not the worst. I'd take it as a chance to have some design fun and show a bit about how you think and approach things.
It would raise flags if it was some unknown company with no live products basically asking you to design their app, I'd run a mile from that. A company like Zendesk though, should be fine. Your 4 hour solution isn't going to cut it in their real world.
It's slightly under the time suggestion and complexity of a Google design exercise, for example, but it's not far off.
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