Pull your socks up, academic software people

It has always struck me how badly academic sites and software is designed, from technical, aesthetic and usability perspectives. Most seem to have been designed sufficiently well from a database/data storage perspective, but this often creates a long ‘click stream’ to achieve a goal, which is bad usability design and results in a frustrating user experience. Graphic designers evidently aren’t on the books of most journal publishing houses and academic software outfits, given the aesthetically unpleasing nature of most academic sites