News Design Fail: WZTV.com

December 11, 2008

This post is written by graphic designer Marcus Snyder of Stray Pixel Studios:

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Dearest WZTV.com,

Your local news has always had that magical way of capturing my attention. How could I say no to you when you have that irresistible sparkle in your top stories, and the way your features tug at my heart strings… it’s like the first time I held a puppy.

But, I would only be fooling myself if I said that your love affair with poor design wasn’t driving a wedge between us. Whenever I lay eyes on you, I have no idea where to start. My first glance lands on the television schedule. That’s not what I’m looking for. I’ll look again. This time it lands on a map. No, that’s not quite it either. Let me try one more time, I’ll gently scroll down three pages. Alabama news? No — still not it. Why, oh why local news, are you playing so hard to get? These games are breaking my heart.

I can’t help but feel like you’re hiding who you really are behind a barrier of tables and advertisements. I’m convinced that casinos have fewer distractions.

And the fact that you tease me with your lead story tears me apart on the inside. You have a video that you’ll play for anybody who asks, but you don’t have a link to a text version that I could access without having a high-speed internet connection. I wish you were more accommodating to my needs and give me the same care and attention that I give to you.

X’s and O’s,
Marcus

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