‘Can’t see the forest for the hammers?’ - vWoning (http://www.alistapart.com/discuss/hammers/4/#c5486)
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head (dunno what with - I’ve got the sack with all the hammers!)
I mean that I HAVE missed the point of the article, which only goes to show how bad the article is.
It seems that all these comments come from people that “got it” and people that didn’t.
Unfortunately the ones that didn’t get it were the ones that needed to.
The colourful article was very entertaining in the great way it was written, however this was the sole reason some of us did not ‘get it.’
After reading these comments I think the point has now been revealed.
‘In summary: content is at least as important as design, if not more so.’ - Matt K (http://www.alistapart.com/discuss/hammers/5/#c5501)
The fact I now see the message, highlights how communicating on the Web helps us understand things.
Plain English is often the best bet as opposed to the fairy-dusted self-indulgent (maybe immature?) pantomime of an article we all read.
‘For those of you offended readers, I think that you are missing the point.’ - Caio Chassot (http://www.alistapart.com/discuss/hammers/5/#c5506)
If the message is that content should not be shoved back to the least important part or the Web, then those that the message was intended to reach, only perceived the article to attack them.
Throwing that sack of hammers in our faces gave us one very clear message, and entirely obscured the more important and useful message.
If the author had designed the article properly, he would have the target audience well set in his mind and written an article the target audience can understand.
(So he’s just shown how lack of design skill/knowledge, or just plain common sense, can lead to a total waste of time.)
‘That some people loved the article while others hated it also shows the power words have to convey and shape perception.’ - apartness
A little power in the wrong hands can do more harm than good, maybe you SHOULD have re-written, or at least added more clear explanation as well as neutralising some of the acidity.
Another point made by Craig Hartel (http://www.alistapart.com/discuss/hammers/5/#c5510) is about the symbiosis of the writers and the designers, and I want to extend this point to say that it’s about working together, playing together, sharing, and getting along, the sack-of-hammers article seemed to have the complete opposite idea, and indeed divided the commentators into two camps.
Well Nick Usborne, I hope it gave you a big enough ego boost for that day?