I cannot tell you how tired I got of manufacturers whose websites don't have absolutely basic information for a commercial website - like a page title and a page description set up within the code for the site. How on earth they ever get found on the internet is beyond me - because this is the MOST important information on any web page.
The only manufacturer which distinguished itself was Caran d'Ache which had paid attention to the detail that matters on websites.
Others didn't even have separate pages for the individual product brand names. Websites aren't expensive so this approach to marketing leaves me speechless - so I'm not telling who - but you'll be able to guess when you start to look at the new modules (on for each manufacturer)! ;)
Other information missing includes:
- colour charts (Derwent gets full marks here for having a link on the individual page for each brand- and it gives their lightfastness assessments)
- lightfastness ratings - there's a lot of silence on this point! I wonder why...........
It also appears as if the USA is now not getting all the brands of European pencils which are available. They've not been discontinued - you've just not got them!
I am however very impressed with the Prismacolor Digital Color Coordinator which is a really useful innovation on their new website. All you have to do is choose a colour or enter a colour value to view the closest-matching Prismacolor products. If you choose a colour it gives you the CMYK and RGB profiles.
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