('Under Construction' banner)


"This icon says more about me than it does about my web page"

This page is my best effort to convince you, the web page author, not to use an under construction icon on your page. The whole idea of the web as a place which is "under construction" is getting very old.

Don't believe me? Try this simple exercise. Face away from your computer, clear your mind, and slowly, carefully ask yourself the following question:

"What does editing HTML files have in common with shovels, hard hats, big trucks, and construction work?
Hmmm... Nothing? That's right! Good, good! Now try this one:
If writing a simple web page is so difficult for me that I compare it to doing hard manual labor, does that mean I'm a nitwit?
Well, yes, I'm afraid it does! See, with just a little thinking, you realize that the imagery of "under construction" icons on web pages is just some cute little joke which has, for no good reason, gone completely out of control. Time to quit it.

Now if, for some very unfortunate reason, you must put an under construction icon on the page you're writing (for instance, your boss will fire you if you don't), may I humbly suggest one of my alternative "under construction" icons:

Pupa: (7K) Da Vinci: (4K) Expecting: (3K)
(Butterfly under construction) (Helicopter under construction) (Baby under construction)

Please copy, modify, and distribute these as you wish. The more they get around the better. Am I just as guilty of cute little jokes with these icons? Yea, maybe. But I'm not too worried about them getting wildly popular. If you have any other ideas for non-standard under construction icons I'd be interested in hearing from you.

On the other hand, if you go ahead and use one of the icons below, we will all know exactly what kind of message you're trying to convey...

(Man at Work) "I have a great vision that one day this page will actually be finished and complete. Please share in this delusion."
(Under Construction) "My company realized yesterday it had better make a web page for itself. Too cheap to afford the services of a professional web designer, they volunteered me to be the web person. All I can say in defense of this page's current appearance is, I'm trying. I really am."
('Under Construction') "I sincerely believe that I am an interesting and creative person.

No, really."

('Construction Zone!!! Please Bear With Us')
"You see, we haven't really come to terms with the web as an extremely fluid and dynamic information technology."
(dumptruck picture) "I update this page freqently. To indicate this fact, I'll show you a picture of one my favorite toys from my childhood.
(this dude needs de-caf) "Make no mistake! I am a MAN! This page is my territory! Please withstand the stench of my body odor long enough to look around and appreciate how utterly incompetent I am at web design."
(animated Under Construction)
"Yea, so this page isn't finished; what did you expect? But hey, isn't this animated gif totally rad? Woo-Hoo! Look at that shovel go!
(Man at Work) "Interfacing to new technologies is a really big effort for me."
(Man at Work) "Although it shows a man and his shovel, this icon actually represents a catch-all excuse for why my page currently looks so meagre. Surprisingly, I expect all web surfers to understand this obscure symbolism."
('!!Under Construction!!')
"I have a persistent fantasy about being able to eloquently express exactly who I am with this page of mine. Until that comes to fruition, please view my lack of expressive power as merely a temporary phenomenon."
('Area Under Construction') "Sometimes when I'm editing web pages, I pretend I'm a steam shovel moving large quantities of earth around, and I make lots of rumbling whirring heavy machinery noises."
('Under Construction')
"The neat thing about construction in the real world areas is that all expectations of functionality and appearance are quickly and quietly dropped. Please bring that same unquestioning and uncritical attitude to my dinky little web page."
(tools of the trade)
Bob Villa is the coolest.
(overdone underconstruction)

I have high standards for my work. So high, in fact, that no matter how much I work on this page, I'm never quite happy with it. Like everyone else, I resort to using an under construction icon. But you can bet your socks that my icon looks fancier and shinier than your icon!

('Black and Yellow banner')

...to my page (aft looking face)