Read more: The Day When Web Design Gets BoringBut why is this so? Let’s analyze the patterns of these websites and break them down. But first, let’s take a look at some Japanese websites and see if you and I are on the same page, with the same observations. Are you ready? Rakuten Kakaku Goo Livedoor Hatena Sankei Now, I’m pretty sure that we have observed the same things about Japanese web design. To cut the story short:
- Japanese websites are very heavy in text.
- Heavy, HEAVY use of whitespace.
- Tons of (blue-colored!) hyperlinks and URLs.
- Advertisements, lots and lots of advertisements.
- Nearly no images, or if they are present, they are very small ones.
- Absolute disregard for an easy flow for the eyes to focus on.
- Flash-heavy. For banners, advertisements and slideshows.