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    SitePoint Zealot Design By S.L.S.'s Avatar
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    The site is...

    Not SEO. Not fully accessible. Not all that attractive. Conveys only the information they wish to provide (which is perfect). Could easily be done better but suits their needs.

    Anyone here actually have the moxy to send them an email offering a site? I am not sure I do but it is tempting.

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    KISS (keep it simple) & MISS (make it simple) & save the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Design By S.L.S. View Post
    The site is...

    Not SEO. Not fully accessible. Not all that attractive. Conveys only the information they wish to provide (which is perfect). Could easily be done better but suits their needs.

    Anyone here actually have the moxy to send them an email offering a site? I am not sure I do but it is tempting.
    If you want to waste your time writing a proposal that would be ignored go right ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia View Post
    If you want to waste your time writing a proposal that would be ignored go right ahead.
    That was my point. Apparently I need a sarcasm tag.


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    Wow...thats pretty tacky!

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    i've been going back and forth in my opinion since I read through this post...

    on one hand: it serves its primitive purpose and that should always be the first check on the "is this a good website" checklist

    on the other: is there a minimum standard for a professional website, and what is it? I think as a bare minimum a website like this should at least:
    - adhere to standards
    - provide effective navigation
    - have a worthwhile email system in place

    I would have to say http://www.berkshirehathaway.com fails on all of these counts.

    Good on Warren Buffet for not having to bother with a standout (or even fit in) web presence for his massive spearhead company, but if he's going to bother at all he might as well do it to a slightly higher standard.
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    It seems it was made in hurry.

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    SitePoint Zealot Design By S.L.S.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by omaarr View Post
    It seems it was made in hurry.
    I wouldn't say so from looking at the site. It looks piece meal and as if someone simply published a document to HTML.

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    I agree ...

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    So how many of you guys are going to offer a website redesign??

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    lol, i'm not but i wish to work for ebay someday.
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    wow that website is shocking. im supprised ive never even heard of that company since its the 12th largest.

    i would have expected it to be something as popular as HP, Microsoft, Google, Logitech etc etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlink View Post
    This website is just a little bit obscene regarding the massive amount of cash, BH piled up
    Why is that obscene?

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    it reflects on the attitude of warren buffet.

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    websites are not created for designers... well, some if not most
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinonetic View Post
    websites are not created for designers... well, some if not most
    No they are not created for designers; however, the point a few have made is this site was not created with their clients, staff, or the general public in mind either.

    If it was then it would be accessible, cleanly coded, organized, SEO'ed, etc. etc. etc.

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    I think the no frills approach to web design sets it apart from its competitors who focus on a lot of unnecessary bs. Also, bear in mind that Berkshire Hathaway's business model is basically that of a long term strategic investor or holding company comparable to private equity investors like Carlyle or KKR.

    In essence they just need good reporting for their investors and nothing more. All the portfolio companies have fancy websites. Look at the sites of some big hedge funds. They are all deliberately low key - for instance:

    http://www.hudson-advisors.com/
    http://www.perrycap.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Design By S.L.S. View Post
    No they are not created for designers; however, the point a few have made is this site was not created with their clients, staff, or the general public in mind either.

    If it was then it would be accessible, cleanly coded, organized, SEO'ed, etc. etc. etc.
    I do agree and endorse SEO, accessibility, clean code etc... but at the end of the day one question that can be asked is "Does it serve its purpose?" I think if it can be updated as and when needed and gives the information required then it is a complete solution. we can go on and on as designers talking about clean code (for our sake...for whoever will maintain the website in your absence),accessibility,tableless layouts but essentially that website was made for people who need it. if they can access it with no problems using whatever devices or platforms, its ok.if the target audience does not care much about eye-candy or use mobile devices, firefox etc to access, then we cant exactly say much on what "they should need". that was rather difficult for me to say...but talking real-world and not ideal scenarios, thats the situation everywhere. are there many government-owned websites that are fully accessible and adhere to standards? dont you just appreciate having to get information?

    sometimes as a user looking for technical articles,tutorials or technical questions, I get a bit irritated by articles with loads of graphics, or split into 10 pages...and all I want is text on how-to-do-it. it is these times that I appreciate websites with more info and downloads than busy websites with lots of graphics and split into pages

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    Oh I hear you on just wanting the how to text. I often prefer if the visual example is on an alternate page personally...

    Reality is that the site was put up and everyone gave their opinion on what was wrong with it. No where did I say I thought it needed flashy graphics. *smile*

    As for their clients accessing it with no problems... Possibly not. There is a very larger percentage of the population with low vision or other visual issues (let alone other uniquenesses). It stands to reason that at least a couple people trying to view the site for information would have problems with it.

    Mind you my stance on web design is that it be accessible. That is something I feel is important and shouldn't just be seen as "Ideal".

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    Don’t think Warren Buffett needs to convince anyone he knows his business. Or needs to impress with a complex site. I think the stock price speaks for itself.
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    The web site was designed in 1995 and they update their internet presence from time to time. The basic issue here, is that of cutting promotional campaign fees and the information or pr folks don't see the need for a professional web site for the moment.
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    Many business folks say that "Perception is Reality", however I personally embrace “Reality becomes perception”.


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