Tuesday, 19 July 2005
As seasoned web-users, have you noticed how we almost instinctively look for something to mouse-over and click on whenever we want to navigate through a website? Well, a German fellow is trying to challenge this status quo by creating [this site](http://www.dontclick.it/) to show that you *can* surf webpages without having to click on *anything*. It’s built entirely in flash.
It was an interesting experience, having to restrain myself from clicking. I failed quite a number of times cuz I clicked when nothing seemed to be happening in certain sections, and there wasn’t any visible indication of whether there was information being loaded up in the background. The annoying bit is that you can’t save a particular page to go back to right away, and there wasn’t a search tool on the site.
Was it good design? I think I’d be neutral on it—on the one hand, it’s pretty cool to look at, but on the other hand, is doing away with clicking *really* going to save you a lot of time and effort? Somehow I feel that leaving the option open to the end-user to click on a link in order to make something happen gives the person a sense of empowerment, which would be missing if this kind of web design were to be widely adopted.
Or maybe that’s just me. Does anyone have the time to have a go at the site and tell me what you think about it?