Warp Records website sucks ass

I like most of the artists on the Warp Record website. Loves ’em I do. So it was only natural to go to their website and check it out. They keep a pretty low profile but have a huge cult following:

“People will look at Warp in 20 Years like people look at Blue Note or Motown now.”

So you figure they could have a huge community driven site, really hyping up the fans, who are all pretty hard core really, but sadly this is not the case. In fact they have a site that not only has music in the front page that you can’t stop (and being a music fan I’m always playing my own so I want to get off the front page in a hurry every time). In a panic I hit the ‘Albums’ nav link which, thank god, makes the music stop but you are presented with a piece of genius user interface design.

warprecords albums navigation screen shot

A grid of squares with one corner lopped off with a seemingly random colour coding. There are 146 of these squares, each representing an album. The only way you can find an album is to drag your mouse over each one which brings up the artist, album and catalogue reference serial. The ordering of the albums and the colour coding seems to be random.

Its assumed that there was some sort of ‘idea’ behind this interface. The little maimed cubes pop up when you mouse over them like sifting though a second hand record collection in an obscure shop somewhere. The trouble is if your looking for something specific it seems to maximise the time it will take for you to find it. At least a record shop has its albums sorted by artist. There is no searching or way to chose sorting, nothing.

Considering its there interface to their online shop you might think they would make it easy for you to find what your after.

Apart form that, there is no community driven stuff on the site, which a label with such a cult following would benefit enormously from.

73 thoughts on “Warp Records website sucks ass”

  1. You know what pisses me the fuck off about Warp Records? I sent those miserable pricks money, and they didn’t deliver what they promised. I’m a huge Autechre fan. I’ve seen them twice live, BOUGHT all their albums, from WARP might I add, and their newest album, Untitled, is promised to ship with a fuckin’ PROMO STICKER! Did I get my promo sticker?! NO! I emailed those pieces of shit 6 times, on 3 different email addresses provided on their website, and those ungrateful assholes have not responded to a single fucking one. Fuck them losing a customer, I want to know who’s read my emails and trashed them, so I can beat their fucking faces in! Uggh!

  2. Well, there is some logic in there, not that it helps. The ordering of the little blocks is (largely) catalog number order. It used to be entirely but they messed it up with special packs and also the way some albums have come out with numbers way out of sequence. But catalog number order is only any use to who? hardcore fans who know all the releases and the order they came out? Well yes, but then they don’t need to access it, so no-one really.

    Each artist also has a unique colour, which is also found in other sections of the site. not a fat lot of use to anyone either a there’s no info on the site to point this out.

    But all that is background knowledge aquired over the entire life of the website (I have been a fan of WARP since WAP3, and I was using the previous incarnation of warpnet too.)

    I agree, from a usability perspective it does indeed suck big time ass with brass balls on. It really is long overdue a revamp (this post is 3 years after your original rant ffs!) Warpmart underwent a rethink with better (if buggy) search and a cleaner, simpler feel, but the look is now at odds with the host site. So come on WARP pull your socks up.

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