Web Perfectionist

Posted February 24th, 2010 by Phil Smears

Visit the Web Perfectionist site The Web Perfectionist site was designed by Irina Ponomareva to be clean, elegant, easy to use and accessible to all. We found it to be a well coded, accessible site with very little overlooked. Hopefully it will continue to grow and build on its solid foundation.

One minor issue we had was the the WCAG 1.0. AAA claim which, without going into too much detail, is almost impossible to achieve thanks to checkpoint 11.3 which requires documents to be served up according to user preferences.

Credit should be given for a site that:

  • Rescales nicely — even when using an old 800 by 600 monitor — with text that resizes well without any layout breaks.
  • Performs very well across multiple browsers, even in Internet Explorer 6 and that’s without any conditional styles (come back IE 6 all is forgiven..).
  • Has strong support for keyboard navigation.
  • Uses valid, semantic code

But points were lost for:

  • No custom error page for people who get lost.
  • No focus style for the search box.
  • A visual design that could be improved.

Following on from the last point, we’d like to see a much stronger design with use of polished images and a more appealing colour scheme.

In summary, the site is essentially a developer’s site with very good semantic coding behind it and strong support for disabled users. The Web Perfectionist site was designed by Irina Ponomareva and, following review, was judged eligible for an Award Level of ā€œNotable Design.ā€ Congratulations, Irina!

10 Responses to: “Web Perfectionist”

  1. Irina responds:
    Posted: February 24th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Many thanks guys for your thorough review and the award.

    I hope IE6 doesn’t come back - too much pain every time. :)

  2. Wayne Bisset responds:
    Posted: February 24th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Well done Irina.

  3. DebG responds:
    Posted: February 25th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Congrats, Irina. As someone that’s legally blind and relies on a screen reader to access websites, I found the visual design of your site to be appealing. You did a beautiful job on it and I love the colors you used.

    Earth tones are very easy on the eyes. At least you didn’t go with blue (which is a tad overused on the web) or heaven forbid, that morbid green/orange combo all of these “web 2.0″ wanna-be sites seem to gravitate toward.

    Your site is refreshing and it showcases your visual creativity.

  4. Chole Richard responds:
    Posted: February 27th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Congratulations Irina. Your hard work is paying off! Am sure we are yet to see greater things from you.

  5. Irina responds:
    Posted: February 27th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks, Wayne, and thanks, Deb, for your kind words. Much appreciated. :)

  6. Mike Cherim responds:
    Posted: March 6th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Nicely done. Congratulations.

  7. Irina responds:
    Posted: March 13th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Thanks, Chole and thanks, Mike :)

  8. Pk responds:
    Posted: March 21st, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Congrats, Irena…Great site.

  9. Shadow responds:
    Posted: June 11th, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Hi, thanks for this. Iā€™m learning about running my website at the moment and this was a breath of fresh air ā€“ very useful and informative

  10. Timon Weller responds:
    Posted: August 19th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Nicely made Irena, congratulations on the design..

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