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Are websites designed for the mouse?

February 28, 2012


mouse (Photo credit: labuero)

According to Wikipedia,

The first known publication of the term mouse as a pointing device is in Bill English’s 1965 publication “Computer-Aided Display Control”

The mouse is old. I didn’t realize how old it was until I looked at it. And I’m beginning to think it is responsible for bad websites.

Here’s the theory:

Websites are designed for ‘clicks’. There are buttons and banners to click. We click to start movies, click to enter, click to do most things.

Most online marketing is measured by ‘clicks’. Google sells ads on a CPC (cost per click) rate.

But, people don’t click their phone or tablet. Indeed, ‘clicking’ a link on a smartphone is pretty tough. You have to magnify the crap out of the thing to then click something that really, when you think about it should be swiped.

The iPad doesn’t have a mouse. The whole thing is a trackpad.

The smartphone doesn’t have the mouse. If you’ve looked at this blog on an iPad, then you know what I mean about swiping. And you know what I mean about designing for the device.

As the mouse goes away, the possibilities of design become endless.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2012 11:38 pm

    i think yes, ….. because every website have a navigation for the web visitor and i prefer to use mouse rather using a pad.

  2. February 29, 2012 9:03 am

    I agree yes, but wonder. If screens become touch screens, will we design websites differently? If 50% of the traffic comes from a mobile or tablet device, will we design websites differently?

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