The Dangers of Designing for Context
Basically the idea here is that we have the ability to understand something about our user base as they enter our website. We can gather this information through browser sniffing or simply by the size of the browser window. So being the group of critical and creative thinkers that we are, we naturally want to use our gained knowledge to provide a better experience for our users; after all it’s what a good web designer would do. Something about this process has always irked me. I think delivering an “enhanced” experience based on bits of gathered information is a dangerous game to play, and there are a few reasons for it.