The Cognitive Biases that Infest Your Website Redesign
I state that, “A redesign is a big ball of bias-driven assumptions” in my September Marketing Land column The Biases that Drive Crazy Decisions. A large part of the column is dedicated to the biases found in website redesigns. These include Pro-innovation Bias, Stereotyping, Overconfidence and Blind-spot Bias.
In the 1990s, we had GIF animations, blinking and scrolling text, and any number of fonts appearing on pages.
These were implemented for no other reason than because we could.
When carousels, or sliders were added to Web templates, they began to appear everywhere, despite the fact that they tend to hurt conversion. We’re still getting rid of them one site at a time.
We’ve recently survived a short bout with parallax scrolling sites. Fortunately, this trend seems to be waning on business sites.
These techniques seem to be built to serve the designer’s ego at the expense of the potential buyer.
More recently, we’re seeing a pro-innovation bias with the proliferation of “flat” design template. These designs result in long, banded pages. I recently reviewed 47 WordPress templates. All but two were in this flat style.
You may find this post difficult to read. It is. It is a collection of design choices made under the influence of the pro-innovation bias. This is only one of twenty I researched.
My Marketing Land column uncovers several more biases that may be infecting your website.
Feature image by ethanhickerson via Compfight cc and adapted for this post.
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