« Design in the Service of Anti-Science Ignorance | Main | Numerology »
Sunday
Apr082012

A Ridiculous Pairing: Facebook and "Good Design"

In an article currently on its website, Fast Company magazine asserts that "design" is a driving, critical force in Facebook. I won't repeat any of the dribble here, but I've provided the link at the bottom if you feel you must subject yourself to this exercise in fawing media coverage.

The article is farcical because Facebook has prospered in spite of its design, not because of it. From the beginning, its interface has been clumsy, confusing, poorly-organized, and visually chaotic; this latest re-design, the so-called "timeline," is simply the latest iteration of design decisions that would merit failure in any good college-level design program. FB's success is testament to the attractions and power of social media, and its canny leveraging of them. That Fast Company attempts to convince the outside world that excellence in design is part of that success is simply an example of how corporate power and a skyrocketing share price buy slavish media coverage. If you visit the article, read the comments by Fast Company subscribers—I'm far from alone in professional contempt for the interface design.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669445/how-facebook-finds-the-best-design-talent-and-keeps-them-happy

References (4)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    I just arrived in Chiang Mai. I wanted to post on my blog, at Blogspot, but all of the headings are now in Thai, not English. Is the problem with my computer, or the hotel's wi-fi service, or what? How can I get things back to English again?.
  • Response
    Response: google.com
    www.HammondDesignCo.com - Voices in My Head - A Ridiculous Pairing: Facebook and "Good Design"
  • Response
    www.HammondDesignCo.com - Voices in My Head - A Ridiculous Pairing: Facebook and "Good Design"
  • Response
    find here facebook service help numbers

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>