Does the graphic content (or lack thereof) of a site contribute to a feeling of dynamism by site visitors?
When I visit a site heavy on the graphics and Flash, I get a feeling that the site is stagnant, because, as a Web developer, I know how much inertia is involved with changing that stuff. Text, on the other hand, is quick and easy to change, and it imparts the ability for a content development team to react quickly to new information.
Even menus: one of my clients wants me to make the menu options on his site graphical. But it bothers me because I think it makes a site look…slow, portly, lethargic. Text menus, on the other hand, contribute to feeling of agility, reaction, speed. You can slap a new text option on a site quickly in the event you need it. Graphics require a designer to crack open Photoshop or Flash or God knows what.
Is it just me, or does this make sense to anyone else?