When the word comes to mind there's probably only one thing you think about -- its geometrical definition. Why someone would randomly think about polygons in the first place is another matter entirely; just roll with it. Besides, they're probably pretty awesome. Anyway, unless you're a nerd like me, it's highly unlikely you've heard about the newly launched video game website, "Polygon", which stemmed from tech site "The Verge". But that's OK! Although I love my gaming consoles, this is not about that. Instead, I'd like to focus on Polygon's overall design, which, according to senior product manager Justin Glow, went through a series of iterations.
Now Polygon doesn't look like your standard gaming websites, which are routinely filled to the brim with links and pictures and videos and more links. Instead, the first thing you'll notice, good or bad, is the large amount of white space. Ok I take that back. The first things you'll notice are the huge pictures in the masthead, but after that, you'll notice the white space. There are also more subtle idiosyncrasies like the integrated search bar, faded story text and minimalist discussion forum. This break away from the design structure many gaming websites utilize got me to thinking about USC's own online offering.
Maybe I'm comparing apples to oranges though. Polygon did just see its official public release on Wednesday, while USC has been around for a little over 200 years. But even so, shouldn't that be more reason to seek innovative design -- to show the breadth of skill and experience the university has to offer? Perhaps you're saying that a particular school has a crazy stylish website and that’s awesome, but everything stems from the university's main page. Wouldn't it be cool if it embodied a more ambitious design philosophy?
Some of you are probably asking yourselves, “Is this guy really comparing a video game website to an established educational institute's website?” Well, yes and no, and I can see your point to an extent. There should be function over fashion right? I just find it hard to believe that an acclaimed university wouldn't be able to create a fully functioning website that, to be frank, looks better. We've got talented people roaming around these computer labs. Let them have at it!
Image Source: http://technicallyphilly.com/2012/04/13/chris-grant-new-video-game-site-polygon-to-be-led-by-fishtowns-former-joystiq-editor-video