12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 11

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 10: Christmas Nativity Scene Airblown Inflatable Outdoor Decoration

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 10: Christmas Nativity Scene Airblown Inflatable Outdoor Decoration

A little known fact that while there was no room at the inn, the animals in the stable were apparently very capable of delivering the Baby Jesus, as depicted in this ‘Christmas Nativity Scene Airblown Inflatable Outdoor Decoration.’

What does this have to do with the web design for your church or charity? Glad you asked. Let me sum it up in 3 words:

Don’t get cute.

While  I no longer find too many instances of the animated gif spinning gold lamé cross, I do see a number of sites who are still ‘flashinated’ with sliding billboards of smiling faces but little in terms of usability and/or what the visitor is actually seeking.

Similarly, I’m also see quite a bit of animated gee-wiz implementations of jQuery, which are technically cool, but again, don’t answer the questions nor provide the data a new family visiting town seeks when trying to figure out if their potential pastor is preaching total immersion baptism and/or providing qualified child care while the adults sit in on a Sunday school class or sermon.

I’m not saying one shouldn’t use these tools, just … well … don’t get cute with them.