May 2, 2002 at 10:21 AM
Don Norman writes a great article about Gratuitous Graphics and Human-centered Website Design. He's trying to prove a point here with the cursor graphics. Something of note: the page you are viewing right now (the Digital Web Magazine What's New page) consists of 1 graphic asside from the banner ads and cached graphics (assuming you visited another section of this site). Every 45 degree angle graphic, the icon-like graphics across the top of this page and the rollover navigation graphics in the main nav on the right are the same ones use in every other section on this site. How many unique graphics does a single sub page on your site contain? This all translates out into load time.