New Todd

Posted Jul 07, 2005 in Design, Events, Web Design.

Screenshot of Dominey Design website

Todd Dominey, purveyor of fine websitery, has redesigned Dominey Design, his business site. Out goes the jokesy Flash, and in comes a plain (but to the point) single-page portfolio.

At first glance, it looks great. The single-page portfolio idea is far more professional (if not nearly as fun). Todd has created a new logo out of his last name, which looks really cool. The choice of background color is perfect for the little portfolio icons he has created. But after that first glance, it all goes downhill from there.

The choice of text-size and contrast renders the text illegible beyond resolutions of 1024 by 768 pixels. I found I had to go right down to 800 by 600 pixels before it became comfortable to read, and I'm using a 21-inch monitor. My first thought was to use the text-resizing tool that Firefox offers, but it didn't work. A quick view source revealed that the whole site is an image “slice 'n' dice” that has no text content of any kind.

Frankly, I'm amazed. In this era of web standards and accessibility, Todd has created something completely inaccessible. The site cannot be used by the visually impaired at all, and despite a small amount of metadata, it will probably fare poorly in search engine rankings because of the lack of content.

Todd is capable of creating fabulous sites that ooze quality, look stunning, and are totally accessible to almost any user agent you care to mention. But this new site is like going back in time about eight years, and I just don't get it.


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    It's sad to see a design like that from somebody who should know better. I've got perfect vision (with my glasses on), and a typical display (1024x768@15"). I find everything but the headings to be -completely- illegible. I can't even bump up the text size, although switching CSS off altogether gets me something that's borderline acceptable.

    Posted by Jim on Jul 10, 2005.

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    Looks like it's been fixed now.

    Posted by David M. on Jul 26, 2005.

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    "Looks like it's been fixed now." - More or less. It isn't perfect, but it is a lot better than it was. The text is still too small, in my opinion, and the contrast is still too low; however, it is far more accessible than before.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Jul 26, 2005.