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Animation lifts this site to another level

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I know this column rather dumps on animation and anything which seems to distract from the main business of rapid and logical navigating. But there are exceptions. A while ago I found a fantastic Australian architect's site (www. ricedaub ney. com. au) which uses animation very cleverly and apparently without much bandwidth overhead - sorry, it didn't much affect the speed of the whole site.

A colleague has just directed me to the site of the building services engineer Roger Preston & Partners at www. rpreston. com. I think Rice Daubney has changed a bit since I first saw it but then it had an animation theme of members of staff walking around and getting in and out of lifts.Coincidentally, Roger Preston's site has a lift animation - here at the end of a lift calculation exercise which is something I will carry in my head for the next time I am in a lift lobby.On screen lifts go up, down, stop at the floor above and go back up again with the random malevolence of the real thing.The fact that Preston is working on space planning and sustainability indices opens up unimaginable animation possibilities.Maybe it could look at the Ozarchs for a few visual tips.The latter, incidentally, was designed by consultants with architectural and psycholinguistic backgrounds.Hmmm.

You asked about being able to change the engineers'text size? Oddly, the text that you can change the size of seems to be transient text - such as that in pop-up boxes. Doubtless it will be changing this as I speak. As I said last week, it ain't exactly rocket science - and these are blokes who design services for vast and complicated structures all over the world.

One suggestion I would make is to reduce the size of the site to less than half its present extent, and cut nine tenths of the tedious marketingspeak and especially the bit about 'technical rigour'. It is a bit like the Pope announcing he's a catholic.

That would have the entire Vatican out searching for previous hints of apostasy.

For which read, in this context, technical un-rigour.

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