ALA Web Design Survey Findings
Months of work analyzing, crunching, writing, and designing the answers from nearly 33,000 people, and we finally have the Findings from the Web Design Survey. Some of the findings are very enlightening, but I won’t spoil anything here, you’ll have to read for yourself. We’ve learned so much during this process, not only about what questions to ask, but how to ask them. The information and experience gained this year will make next year’s report that much better. For a lot more detail on the process, from survey to PDF, check out Eric’s post: Analytical Breakdowns.
I wish I had many more months to labor over the design of this document, but I spent as long as we were able. I haven’t worked with this many graphs and tables in a very long time, but it felt good to do some print work again. The last time I did a print file of this size I was still using Quark, and I gotta say, InDesign is a vast and welcome improvement in that department. All of the charts and tables were prepared in Numbers, and placed into InDesign as PDFs (keeping the text live and selectable in the final PDF). We tried to ensure it reads well on screen (so that people wouldn’t need to print it out just to read it) and in printed form. Getting the colors to work well enough in both mediums was just a pain. As exhausted as we all are of working on this, I’m actually already looking forward to tackling next year’s document, at least from a design perspective.
So, please head on over and check out the findings. We’ve also offered the raw anonymized data, if you would like to crunch the numbers differently, or would just like to print out 33,000 responses to all the questions and wallpaper your house.
Great job Eric, Jeffrey, Erin and the rest of the gang. Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey, you’ve done a service to our community.