For me, the answer would be Stripe Atlas (https://stripe.com/atlas)
This is some Geocities level awesomeness and I love it.
Google image search results for “ling” are probably the best Google image search results there will ever be.
People named Ling, some very photogenic, liberally interspersed with a huge ugly fish, and almost nothing else.
Check out the "reviews" on http://codekitapp.com , Especially this gem:
>Your app is lame, your face is lame, your friends are lame, and your continued existence deeply offends us.
>Hacker News, Where Self-Esteem Goes To Die
I'm assuming huhtenberg works there.
If Apple will willy-nilly reject app store (both Mac and iOS) apps, retroactively change rules to kill competition (look up what they did with steam) and randomly start banning popular frameworks (electron apps are the latest victim), and still insist on being W3C non-compliant, in a blatant effort to force users and developers to their walled garden, developers need to grow a backbone and take Apple on where they can. If Mac users really want your webapp, Firefox/Opera.... are just an install away
In general, I could appreciate the decision to make a stance in this way on a personal level, but when evaluating a real landing page for a paid product from business perspective—which would be an inseparable aspect—I would not be able to recommend preferring “technically correct” over “actually working”.
This does not only hurt sales/business, but also causes stress to non-technical end users. All they experience is their browser exiting when they visit the page (thankfully, tabs are preserved on next launch); they are not concerned with implementation and do not become more aware of Apple’s standard non-conformance as a result.
A non-commercial website oriented towards developers, or indeed a joke such as in this case, is fine, of course.
In short, violating open standards—bad, taking a stance—good, hurting regular users and business—bad.
The other one is probably just trying to be cheeky :)
Why? It seems very generic and bland. Or is that the point? Also, it make you scroll through a lot of stuff to find what you are presumably going to the site to find. They bury the important stuff way down at the bottom.
Yeah, most 'landing pages' are pretty useless exercises in annoying your user.
This is hard to do with a product as complex as Stripe Atlas (just Google "form a company" and click around to see what I mean). But they pulled it off. And it looks beautiful.
TLDR: I love a landing page that turns complexity into simplicity.
(I'm also a happy user!)
I like a landing page whose implementation makes it clear that the people behind it have thought long and hard about the people who will visit, and what they want.
I like a page that's clean, clear, spare, easy to find the things people are looking for when they come to a landing page.
The XKCD panel nails it: https://www.xkcd.com/773/
There are so many things I really don't care about when I land on your site, and a few things I really do care about. Visit the web site for a museum to find out how much it costs to visit:
> Plan your day
> Your visit
> Become a friend
> Audio guides
> Day tickets
Absolutely no thought about what a visitor is trying to accomplish, and instead is all about trying to ... well, I don't know what they're trying to do.
I like a landing page that has clearly catered for the visitor, and not just to show off how wonderful their web design skills are.
 Adapted from here: https://twitter.com/sophie_gadd/status/1213126700625739778
I personally dislike Geico’s spammy marketing but I guess it’s minting billions for BH.
If it were to me, they’d be a law that all insurance companies need to be a co-op or non profit. Profit in insurance (esp for health insurance) makes no sense for a country.
This proves two things for me, design has nothing to do with the success of a product, and the second: design is subjective and changes not only from person to person but also for you, there is an absolute chance that one design that you love now, may hate in future.
Obviously, there are examples of both cases (e.g. Facebook is an "ok" design but Stripe is beautiful).
Then there are other things. For example, this CB Insights post (https://www.cbinsights.com/research/personal-finance-apps-st...) mentions a study where "Stanford psychologist BJ Fogg gauged people’s reactions to various websites and asked them what factors played the biggest part in their assessments, design was unanimously the most commonly-cited reason for trusting or not trusting a particular site."
So I wouldn't say design has nothing to do with the success of a product, but it is true that it's not enough to make a product good.
Plain text that gets as many selling points into the eyes of the visitor above the fold is what I believe is the most sensible route if you're debating bit to design your landing page.
I assume, right or wrong, that if you out that much work into your landing page, you must have put the same into your product.
Now if your product stinks after trying it, I'll leave just as fast. But at least I have it a try. I'm sure I'm not unique in that regard.
Now, if you are resource constrained, focus on the product first, of course.
Seriously Google. You need to disable that shit. I signed up and immediately regretted my decision.
Now it's been redesigned of course:
But I still prefer the original.
I decided to go for a very different path and create something that could showcase the product as soon as possible, with simple and objective copy for people who wanted to understand it better.
I do very much love it as it is right now, but of course I am biased, and of course I am open to criticism to improve it. But the principle (clear copy + showcase the product working) I will probably keep.
Here it is to receive your judgement: https://www.quidsentio.com
Use a more common font.
Headlines over buttons.
I like it, but I think it would be nicer without the big list of "regional maps" at the bottom. I'm not really sure how best to include that list (users have told us, "list all the regions so I can ctrl-F for them! or else I hate you!"
Next I want to add some stats to the landing page. Like, top 25 pinball machines that are on location. And each one listed would be a link to show that machine on the map.
Have you considered having the map be optional (a click away)? To preserve mobile data if nothing else.
Also, given how often turnover happens, a link next to each itemized machine to notify you of changes (and perhaps another to notify participating owners of mechanical problems)?
I wish the 49ers playoff and INDISC weren't the same weekend.
If an operator is tagged at a location, and that operator has granted us permission to notify them, then they get a daily email of any comments left on their machines. Roughly half of them take advantage of this (147 out of 299). We should probably remind operators of this feature more often, given that it's now buried in a 6 year old blog post.
My daughter's birthday is on the same weekend as INDISC! I used to like going to that tourney.
Clicked on the website you linked, bam, it's loaded. It's also very simple too! No distracting shapes or clunky animations, it's just a very satisfying website. +1
I'm tired of slow software so I vowed to make all my personal projects perform well. Along the way I wanted to add comments to my blog, tried disqus, and figured I could do one better (at least for me).
How can I love something like that?
- Fast to load
- Tells you what the product does right at the top
- As it's a database library, and there are many other database libraries - the features are written in terms of how the product is different from the competition - goes into
- Code examples pretty soon, so you can really see what using it would be like.
Love the colors and use of simple animation - really stands out from the bland tech/startup sites we usually see.
Check out the Wipeout icons and typography :-)
It is a start up to compete with powerpoint that raised 50 million pre-mvp... yea ... sweet landing page tho
I think the snake animation is pretty cool.
I haven't changed it since I made it back in 2011, aside from adding links to new projects.
I like it because it loads fast, isn’t very designed, and focuses on decent copywriting instead of A/B testing quackery
And it converts well at an average of 50 cents per pageview.
Took about 4 years of customer research and conversations to arrive at that copy.
And nobody caught the "havign"?