Critical Web Design Flaws

Most of the digital preservation projects (archival web sites) that were launched successfully over the last decade, and are available online today, suffer from two critical design flaws that are difficult to overcome once published.
Tiny tiny table-based layout from 1999

  1. They are either non user-friendly, with poorly planned navigation, or worse, presented entirely inside a plugin-dependent format such as Flash.
  2. They are designed for backward compatibility to ensure access to those with older computers (images are very small and over-compressed for lower monitor resolution and bandwidth that was prevalent five years ago). Here’s an example of this legacy from 1999/2000, something that looks very nice at 640 x 480, but gets absolutely swallowed at the widescreen resolution of today’s monitor screens.
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Archival will strive to set itself apart by thinking forward, to design a superior user experience that can flow into any potential digital playback system, to provide viewers of the future with elegance,  ease-of-use, and high quality images that show maximum detail and user control.

Speaking of maximum detail and user control, please take a look at our 18th century engravings featured in Collections.