Thursday, January 03, 2008

Off the Rails

For a website for a local government agency, this Tour of the Red Line is one of the worst bells-and-whistles abuses of Flash that I have ever seen. It includes dizzying VRML-style footage in its virtual tour and obnoxious sound effects that feature tinkling change, honking train horns, irritating footsteps, and sappy guitar music. Given all the explanations of navigation included in the site, it certainly isn't an intuitive example of information aesthetics that serves the purpose of getting more people to try public transportation in order to ease their commutes.

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