After a half day of launch, tens of thousands of views (at least), and thousands of votes, the Spring 2006 CSS Reboot is very much underway.
But despite all those good things, something odd seems to be happening. Put simply, the very best rating on any of the 700+ sites rebooted is 3.167 out of 5 (as of this writing). What? Barely 3 out of 5? 60% of the possible 100%? In a high school art class with a normal grading scale, the best-rated design just earned a D-minus.
Even for those of you attempting to counter grade inflation, you’re taking it a bit far, aren’t you?
Now you may be wondering if I’m just bitter because I rebooted a site that’s barely above 2 out of 5 stars. Well, you’re partially right – that’s certainly what got me looking. But this rant is more than that. Look at some of the beautiful top-notch stuff out there: Jeff Croft’s new piece of artwork and user-interface genius; Jonathan Snook’s new polish (complete with dockable comments and contrast switcher); Natalie Jost’s new thing of beauty – all of these, along with hundreds more truly beautiful, functional, and paradigm-stretching designs – graded with no higher than a collective D-minus? Please.
This can’t just be the tough critics out there who have valid critiques and are producing even better stuff. Why not? Because some of these sites are among the most beautiful, creative, and intuitive I’ve seen. Frankly, I would love to see the work of those who are rating these sites with 1’s and 2’s (bringing down the 4’s and 5’s). Chances are, critiques as “tough” as theirs would leave them scoreless.
To those of you who have put some nice spit-n-shine on your sites via redesigning or realigning, I commend you. Keep up the great work – you are the ones pushing the boundaries of user experience, beauty, and even great code. Even if there are some tough critics out there, let your hard work and iterative improvement encourage you to keep working hard and doing great things.