Things we can please stop doing.

Am I the only one sick and tired of rounded corners on everything? Can we please stop using them for every damned Web interface? They’re perfectly acceptible for “Hello Kitty World” or “Barbie’s Fashion Blog,” but for almost anything else I deem them unworthy of further attention.

While I’m at it, I would like to suggest that we stamp out using dotted underlines for links instead of good old reliable solid underlining. I don’t care if you want to leave off the underlining and only have it show up for hovering, but make it solid and forceful and gritty, for crying out loud!

Lastly, I have nothing against drop shadows or beveled edges. I am, in fact, a fan of interfaces that look like you could touch them, pick them up, lick them. I like floaty things (obviously) and visual tricks and all that, but at least try not to do what everyone else is doing. Yes, I have, in my time, copiedripped off other designer’s ideas, but I hope I managed to do something new and/or interesting with them and didn’t just bring them in wholesale.

Okay, now with that off my chest, I return you back to roaming the Web without worrying about how it’s presented to you.

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