Design, friends. Don’t forget about it!

I am currently screening chess glossaries and dictionaries. There is one observation I would like to share right away: Chess and design – seems that doesn’t go together to well. I find glossaries, well equipped with the most important chess terminology and obviously written with love and expertise, but – oh my – the designs are terrible!

Should that matter at all? Isn’t it the information that counts in the end? Yes, it should. Even a glossary on a personal page, written for no commercial aim, is written to be read. It should be easy to use and clearly structured. And design is part of this. If a page design forces the glossary user to partially close his/her eyes to overlook the surrounding in order to concentrate on the content, something went terrible wrong.

Take the chess glossary ranked number 1 in the Google research results: Chess Glossary. It can get an award for the most disturbing background image! Something I am ready to overlook, but starting with the letter T – the background changes to black – and well you do not see text written in black on black background?

For sure is aware of this, so why do they not change it? Might be the owner of the site doesn’t know to much about HTML ? What a pity.

Posted on November 5, 2011, in Chess Glossaries and Dictionaries, Glossaries and Dictionaries in General, How to use my blog and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Do you still have problems with our chess glossary? It looks OK in our machine. We will love to solve this issue if you provide more info such as the type of browser you are using or other related info.


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