July 19, 2000
2:44 PM   Subscribe

Laurel Mountain Technologies, Inc.
Is this really what "web design" is coming to these days?

Try Phenom Tek or Circle Graphics.
posted by Eric_Reid (10 comments total)
I don't see how it's any more stupid than your site is.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 2:48 PM on July 19, 2000

You must work for them.
posted by Eric_Reid at 4:39 PM on July 19, 2000

I hit my trusty "back" button after about 2.5 seconds of your "site"... try putting something useful up next time.
posted by attitude at 6:29 PM on July 19, 2000

I don't see anything wrong with that site. It's simple and fast-loading without the shockwave or flash junk that populates so many sites.
posted by gyc at 6:57 PM on July 19, 2000

True. Laurel Mountain Tech's page isn't very asthetically pleasing, or very design savvy at all. But then again, I don't consider them web designers. There are alot of things that could have been done, without using any "junk" to make the site slightly better. So no, "web-design" has not come to this - you should not be afraid to losing clients to places like this - because in the end - quality will win. There were alot of good discussions on this on the ol' glassdog (RIP) forum.

I worked for a company last summer that was run by one guy from Canada, who bought Frontpage, a FrontPage book, didn't know HTML, didnt know any of the graphic software, and started his "web-design" company. It went out of business shortly thereafter. After I showed himt he "drop shadow" effect in PS, he would take entire paragraphs of text and drop shadow them and put these 323k images in sites. Remember : OUT OF BUSINESS NOW.

Flash is alright when its used as a part of the site, and mixed well with good ol' html, js and jpgs.... but I cant stand it when its the entire site, and I certainly cant stand alpha fading effects, or those damn "exlosion/crash/boom/bang" sfx any more.
posted by Satapher at 7:29 PM on July 19, 2000

Well, I hate putting down sites (publicly), but that Laurel Mountain one was so... uh... 1987. Reminds me of this diddy... I'm with Satapher about the flash. To be honest, I didn't even stick around at the Phenom Tek one.

The last one was pretty nice. Just a tad beyond my 800 rez, though.

... could also be a sign (with Laurel Mountain) that they're so busy that they never had a chance to redo their own site. That happens a lot with good designing firms. You gotta judge them by the work they do for their clients.
posted by CyberPal at 8:21 PM on July 19, 2000

lame. Wow look he can fade text in flash.
posted by brian at 9:38 PM on July 19, 2000

What web were you on in 1987?

I don't mind mostly-text for informational purposes (usability and all that), but billing it as "web design" is ridiculous. Then again, these guys probably wouldn't know "web design" if it was, uh, 12 inches in front of their nose.
posted by dhartung at 11:26 AM on July 20, 2000

Oh, that was a self-blog?

Eric -- you should know that's a metafilter etiquette violation. We're not here to hype our own sites.
posted by dhartung at 11:27 AM on July 20, 2000

Them's nothin', try Joavey, web designers of Dr Kaos!
posted by EngineBeak at 1:35 PM on July 20, 2000

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