Here's my rant on web design in Spain. It's HORRIBLE. Awful. Ugly. Amateur. Unusable. Stupid. Hostile. And I'm actually holding back... I wish I could tell you how I really feel.
Here's some examples. I'll just pick some of the big Spanish websites:
And some others I've had personal experience with:
These may be the best examples of the country - the rest just get worse. Our bank's UI is horrible and it's basically impossible to get today's television listings from any site online. Want general information about your telephone coverage? Electricity? Forget it. Want to buy a new hard drive for your laptop? Impossible. The state of the internet here is beyond sad, it's insulting. And every project I work on seems to just add more injury. I pray every night before I go to bed that Jeff Bezos decides to open an Amazon.es...
My thoughts are very simple - doesn't this company want to MAKE ANY MONEY? I mean there's been, what, 30 or more programmers and consultants working on this project full time for months and months... Do they have any concept of Return On Investment at this place? Why would you put all this work into this massive infrastructure behind the scenes, and then give the whole thing an interface that looks like shit? I just don't get it... They've got this whole bit where Dad can pay for some stuff for Junior. Cool, except that Dad will NEVER BE ABLE to figure out how to use the freakin' system. I'm serious, it's a joke.
There, I'm done. Let's see how much slack I get from this. (Online, at work, etc...)
Later (Monday)... I just found out that the whole web design is going to be in a pop-up window! With no menu or toolbar buttons! Can they possibly design this thing to be more user-hostile? Incredible...