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Full credit for the art of the website coders

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A reader informs me that the Architecture Foundation, now under Rowan Moore's and Alicia Pivaro's management, has a nifty site on the eastern fringe of London's Clerkenwell and a website at www. architecture foundation. org. uk. According to my notes, last year the website had a loony grid of shadow boxes. Bemused, you ran your mouse across them, they changed colour and, unlike bubblegum in ripple-sole shoes - which this process somewhat resembled - they turned themselves off after a bit leaving you to wonder what it all meant. I am happy to report that this has all been swept away with a new design by Cartlidge Levene and coded by Lomas Davies.

Most people imagine that websites are designed by former graphic designers, and rather too many are.But, as a hotshot web person tells me, you bring in the art blokes for a couple of days at the end to tart things up once the heavy-duty stuff - ie the taxonomy, navigation, structure, text, editing and the coding - has been sorted out. Maybe they teach this stuff at art school these days but they didn't when last I looked. Hold on, I'm reporting this and no disrespect to the foundation's designers, who are very good.My point is that it is great that the coders have been credited. Isn't it time, incidentally, that architectural sites credited the authors - with the same assiduity that their owners insist on credits for buildings.

The site's design is plain and simple and not overloaded with text.Only two little grumbles. One is the image strip on the first four pages. You can see its function as an elaborate horizontal graphic divider but clicking on it has no effect - no enlargement, not even a caption to say what the images might be and why they are there.

And clicking on the foundation's name under 'Contact us' leads you to a www. streetmap. co. uk map of Clerkenwell with a dimly outlined arrow indicating the foundation's location.Bit scruffy that. Otherwise an exemplary and informative site.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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