I’ve always been interested in trying out Flock, the “social web browser”. Up until now I haven’t though, so I thought it was time to head on over to the Flock website and download the latest version. I’d seen the website before and was very impressed with the simplicity of it, good use of typography coated in nice shades of blue.
To my shock and horror when returning to the site I was presented with this:
Flock have you lost the plot? Personally I think it looks like you have taken a step in the wrong direction. The new website is littered in mucky mark up, including tables, and in my opinion poorly used flash elements. The style of the website is cheesy and out of date. Even the images look poorly rendered, some slightly pixelated, some slightly blurry. If I remember correctly cut out characters were a popular feature in website design about 5 years ago when I designed my first website.
I often judge a product/service by its website, especially if I’m shopping for a web browser! I’ve now had second thoughts about trying out Flock. Yes, I am being a bit critical, but I am a website designer and appearance matters.
The old, much better looking Flock website