March 30, 2001 11:50 AM   Subscribe

Look! This guy will create "trick banners" for you, no silly graphic designer needed...
posted by owillis (14 comments total)
"You see, graphic designers aren't marketers..." My GOD! This man is a genius! Cluetrain-level genius!
posted by rschram at 11:52 AM on March 30, 2001

I wish I would have thought of selling those things.

I'm always surprised at what people will pay for.
posted by sonofsamiam at 11:55 AM on March 30, 2001

Funny... WebWasher removed that "Look!" link, probably because of the filtered word "banner."
posted by waxpancake at 12:10 PM on March 30, 2001

Ahhh, it's nice running an "alternative" operating system, where such Windows-centric goofiness is instantly revealed for the pathetic attempt at trickery it really is.

Do you think he even knows that his UI widgets are going to look fake and stupid on a wide variety of machines?
posted by Mars Saxman at 12:13 PM on March 30, 2001

Well, FWIW I've seen Mac buttons used in some online banking applications - looks funny in Opera/Win.

This linked page did make me smile.
posted by hijinx at 12:26 PM on March 30, 2001

"That guy" is named June. Mighty odd name for a man. Maybe we should be making fun of him for that.
posted by kindall at 12:43 PM on March 30, 2001

The first item is a real banner while the second item is a regular text.

Ohh, really? Wow. (What's "a regular text"?)

For the record, I really, really, really hate those "trick banners". They should call them "one-trick banners".
posted by binkin at 12:45 PM on March 30, 2001

This gal is brilliant. I want to hire her. I am, of course, kidding.

Trick banners certainly suck to those of us who are avid Web users, but seriously...you would be floored by the metrics they produce on services like AOL. It's more than enough for companies to not mind pissing off the technically inclined in order to nab the ignorant. Not that I advocate/support them or anything, but still.
posted by Hankins at 1:25 PM on March 30, 2001

You'll feel secure in the knowledge that none of your money was wasted on "graphics artists" or "grammar experts." Boy, nothing beats a trick banner for getting customers to whip out those credit cards!
posted by gimli at 1:27 PM on March 30, 2001

I am an old guy and all this net marketing stuff is noew to me. Is this what we used to call turninbg a trick?
posted by Postroad at 1:31 PM on March 30, 2001

*chuckle* In a way, Postroad, in a way...
posted by SpecialK at 1:54 PM on March 30, 2001

I have font smoothing (that is, font-blurring) turned off, so the trick banner really looks fuzzy and strange on my screen. Now, if the trick banner somehow knew if you had font-smoothing turned on or off and only displayed the similarly rendered banner- well, that would be a trick banner!
posted by dogwelder at 4:07 PM on March 30, 2001

wow kindall. Thanks for pointing that out - I do try to watch that sort of thing but sometimes I still slip.

Bah, damn sexism.

posted by Mars Saxman at 5:04 PM on March 30, 2001

Personally, my favorite "trick" banners are the "You have 1 new message!" ones in pop-up windows. Does anyone really fall for that?
posted by stew560 at 10:36 PM on March 30, 2001

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