Bigger screens with smaller fonts!Posted: January 21, 2008
Lately two trends have been going on (or maybe just one) and the first one is the continuous growth of screen sizes of tv’s, computer monitors and mobile hardware.
Which should be beneficial for the user, because a bigger screen can display more information and allows for a better viewing experience. Here is where the second trend comes into play. Because somehow web content makers have been going the other way. Instead of making use of this extra space they are doing the opposite meaning using less space, small letters and filling it with big advertisements, destroying the viewing experience of the end user which results in less time spend on the website.
Take for example the picture I’ve taken of the CNN website. Less than 20% of the available space is used with the information I actually want to read, spaces on the side are not used, the top is filled with useless white space and so on. No wonder we have to buy a bigger screen to stay on par with the effective read area. With other trends like lots of old folks with not a perfect sight and mobile hardware equipped to access the internet its gonna be even more important to make things readable and thus using the available space! Therefore I urge webdesigners and content makers to start using that space to improve the viewing experience!