myspace == ghetto

Paul Scrivens (rightly) notes that MySpace sucks in terms of design:

It’s also a designer’s and lover of design’s worst nightmare because the UI of the site is atrocious yet it boasts 17 million visitors a month (and rising) and was recently purchased for over $580 million by News Corp.

Trying to navigate the MySpace UI is frustrating at best. So why does it work? Besides the community I think it’s the fact that you can customize your pages and if you explore the community you will see some crazy designs going on. 90% of them you can’t even read the content, but people love it.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to offer a solution. Nor, in my opinion is he scathing enough. Memo: neon pink text is always a bad idea.

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