Archive for December 2008
Something caught my attention, literally. It is animated favicons that I see being used in some websites. From a usability point of view, this practice is a horrible idea. In case you don’t know what a favicon is, it is the icon that represents a web page and is often displayed beside the web page’s URL in a web browser.
Humans have peripheral vision that is keen on movements and thus, when a person is not focused on your animated favicon, they will notice it. Essentially, you’re telling them, “hey look over here! My favicon is important and I need your attention!” It is really hard to ignore movement in the peripheral because that is often, in the natural world, where danger lurks. Hence, advertisements are often “flashy” so that they catch your attention.
Therefore, if you want your user to focus on the content of your website, don’t use animated favicons.
I promised myself that eventually, I will implement a modified version of my favourite video game, Tetris Attack. I shall use this post to illustrate the modifications I plan to implement for my future reference. Perhaps when I actually begin to design and implement this modifiction, I shall post updates about this idea.