Camen Design Feedback Survey
Surveys are not all that effective! I got 21 replies, although which I do appreciate, it barely
scratches the surface of opinion out there.
However, that said, I will share the results as it does show some practical results which I will discuss in full
Of 21 people, 9 said they used more than one O.S.
Firefox was preferred 3× as much as Safari / Opera / Chrome
People said they visited Camen Design for ‘Inspiration’ and HTML5 in equal measure, with CSS3
65% said the balance between the content being too simple / too complex was just right
60% said the content was just the right length
Most thought Camen Design doesn’t update often enough, only 6% leaning toward updates being
When asked what people liked about camendesign.com, the general tone was that people liked the overall purity:
The total lack of superfluous information, the beautification of simple content, the clean thinking,
Succinct code is inspirational,
code is arty,
Bold and uncompromising,
Purity in work approach and sincerity in implementation.
When asked what people didn’t like about camendesign.com, the results were much more varied:
Whoareyou/whatdoyoudo itches not satisfied
I don’t share much about myself online; I don’t use the ’Web for socialising, purely for consuming and
creating. That said, I am 24, have totally immersed myself in computers since the age of 7, work as a computer
doctor fixing people’s computers every day and do my personal web-design and programming on the side. That’s all
you’re going to get I’m afraid.
the blinking crocodile eye is annoying
That was my sense-goes-out-of-the-window idea to make the website not totally sterile. AdBlock it if you
don’t like it :). It could do with a long wait time perhaps (10 seconds
a.t.m.). It’s there because it’s a) an APNG and it’s fun to try out new
it—and b) making the eye blink is what completes the logo and gives it its personal (to me) meaning.
Always been a problem with this site, and will be fixed in the next redesign.
Images in the RSS feed frequently do not work
Probably my hotlinking htaccess commands blocking the images from web-based RSS aggregators. I have lightened up
these rules a bit now so that you should be able to see preview images in the RSS feed now. Any specific problems,
please mail me a more detailed demonstration of the fault.
There are occasional grammar and syntax errors on the site
I have mild dyslexia, matched with an obsessive attention to detail. I spot most errors, but like to be very
expressive with my grammar. I abuse the comma far too much. I would always welcome any corrections from
users as regards grammar, spelling, and writing form.
Strive for regular updates; one blog entry a week would be excellent.
This I hope to improve upon with the redesign of the site. At the moment, I can only publish from my laptop at home.
I am just starting the designing stage of creating a new site that will allow me to publish from anywhere and keep
drafts online. This should let me nail down thoughts quickly, and let me work on content throughout the day, rather
than just at home.
How about explaining your CSS3-specific rules one by one in subsequent posts?
Nothing I’m doing is undocumented; and I generally hint more at the
‘why’ in my code comments than explaining CSS rules, as the skill level of the readership may vary and
documenting what is already documented clouds what people are more interested in: the how and why I chose to do any
particular thing in my code.
However, indeed I have not written enough about CSS3 thus far.
I appreciate your use of HTML5, although I disagree with your interpretation of some of the elements
Enlighten me, email me—if I’m wrong, I’d be happy to be corrected, because I am trying to reach a very high
level of polish with this website. Some of my choices in elements are down to the fact I don’t have any
<div>s or classes to work with.
The Question of Comments:
It gets said a lot, but here’s one such instance:
Your content is great, but I think the site would be much better if there was more of a community aspect to
it. I know you only really want to hear from people if they care enough to e-mail, but I think
everyone would benefit from people able to be involved in discussion on the site.
In my blog entry stating the design principles of the site, I said:
E-mail has also been around for longer than I’ve been alive, therefore there are no public comment
threads on this website. If people truly have something to say to me about what’s on this site, they will
want to e-mail me. Public comment threads just encourage people to write a lot of words, and say nothing.
This is the Internet in 2008; if you must reply to me publicly, anybody can get a free blog on any street
corner of the Internet. Having no comments is the perfect lazy-filter I so desire.
Kroc Camen: “Hello”
My biggest concern is that according to design principle № II, dealing with
masses of pingback and comment spam is not my problem to solve. The more time I have to spend managing comments and
hate rallies when I go on the troll, the less time I have for perfecting my site’s content. Emails from users are
sometimes the basis for good content, comment threads just get me a
people (and that’s just scraping the surface of the amount of abuse hurled at me).
My website is my private property. It is my garden that I nurture and tend to. I do not want other people’s litter
spread about because of some ill-conceived notion of ‘freedom of speech’.
That said, it’s now the Internet in 2009, and we have many
new ideas about
outsourcing comments and discussion, which perfectly suits my
design principle № III—
Let everybody else do their job. My website
is statically published, I couldn’t add comments if I wanted to without a rewrite and going back to an online
db or some other system.
Certainly, a lot
things have been said about the site, but of all
the incoming links I have seen, people have only mentioned Camen Design in passing, nothing has been written
about this site; people admire it and move on. It’s only through emails that I get any meaningful
Public comment threads are wistful poems to the wind—there are only so many “Ur site is gr8!” comments I want
to see. I want to see emotion, thought, personal beliefs and skills expressed. The noise-to-quality ratio is not
adequate enough. Quite simply, the web-browser does not lend itself to a thoughtful writing environment where people
can have the time to start a response, and save it to finish later. Comment threads are about a constant rush to be
first, or to get your idea down before the browser crashes, or before you feel like you’ve lingered around too
long and have to dash off to the next site in your RSS feed.
If you really want comments that badly, email me. If you
readers are willing to expend enough effort to make it worthwhile to me (give me good reasons and
examples), then I’ll assure that I’ll expend the effort to add comments to Camen Design. It’s a lot
of work to do it in the most elegant way (remember, no
<div>s, no classes), and I’m not going
to just add comments for people who say they want them but haven’t really thought it through. I have thought it
through my end, which is why you’re reading this great long rant!