Stay, window, stay

I’m looking at resumes for web designers today (see also), and on three occasions I’ve had my browser window forced to a “full-screen” size that extends so far that I can’t find the bottom right corner to resize it.

Memo to designers (including, I will admit, my own coworkers in France): resizing browsers to unwieldy screen sizes does nothing to improve the performance or likability of your designs. All it does is aggravate the end user—in this case, the hiring manager—and greatly reduce the probability that the user will ever return to the site.

You’d think that in 2005 we’d all know this.