Stupid web designer tricks (that too many clients love)
Consumed => “Five web design cliches to never use again” by Keith Butters on Net Magazine.
=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…
Yes, the print/magazine metaphor and the page curl…That’s grounds for doing things where insanity would be the plea. That said, let’s keep in mind that there are probably more clients with “bad taste” than designers who prefer to flog overdone cliches. Portfolio damage aside, sometimes the good fight isn’t worth fighting.
As for, “Also, does every story excerpt in a list need their own Tweet, Like and +1 buttons?” Actually, an SEO would probably answer, “Yes, it is necessary.” These things factor into rank algorithms and if SEO is a top priority – either today or tomorrow – their use needs to be perfected at some point. Starting sooner is better than later.
Finally, I’d like to add one to this list – text-decoration: underline on links is probably something we should be moving past already. Alternatives like the dotted border (as seen in the footer here) are more tasteful and a more readable alternative. Nothing makes a page look more dated and more difficult to read than a load of underlined text. To this is add, underlined text that is not a link should also be grounds for public stoning.