Week #2

Bailey Lawlor

Entry #5

Etsy

Opening up to the web page, it appears to be laid out very beautifully. Directions to different parts of the sight are made clear, and hovering over them drops down a menu with even more specific directions. And below it gives way to suggestions and examples of much of what can be found on the sight, making it's intentions pretty clear. Although half way down the home page, the browser is cut in half by an oddly out of place "more about us" option, with Etsy's story and mission statement, before continuing with purchase and example options. I thought it just felt like an odd placement for something that seemed so important. I think it would make more sense for it to be found either at the top or bottom of the page, or to have a link to a page devoted entirely to it. But the color pallete is pleasing, it's very colorful but not in a way that is overwhelming, as the layout uses a lot of white space, much like gallery spaces use white walls to display artwork, which would make sense since it is a platform for selling artwork.

Entry #6

RedBubble

Immediately opening up to the home page, one can find themselves very easily distracted, as Redbubble provides a myriad of different examples and shopping ideas and directions. It’s like getting lost down a rabbit hole, although a very well organized rabbit hole. And at the center of the page when it first opens is a sample of the artwork and design one might find on some of the merchandise available, advertising the search bar in a very visually pleasing way. Although, the website only seems to be somewhat responsive when the screen size changes. The images and search bar change size to accommodate efficiently to the change, but the list of directions listed across the top stay stubbornly in place and get lost behind the window, with no visible way to scroll over to get to them to click on them. The colors as well, much like Etsy, are very successful in their presentation largely due to the use of white space, presenting the artwork like one would in a gallery.

Entry #7

Sue Foley's Website

Opening up onto the webpage, the design looks stunning. It’s simple, and clean, and I believe gives a clear reflection of the musical artist it's portraying. Immediately opening up onto the home page it has a clean menu placed at the very high top of the page, and beneath it a lot of whitespace, putting emphasis on the image of the musician with her guitar, of which points up towards the directional menu, leading the user to information about her. And something I think is so cool about this page, is that when you click on the directional tabs they don’t take you to a new page, they take you down below the fold of the web page. So the Website gives the user the option to scroll down and get the information that they need as well as giving them a directional menu tab. So over all the page feels very organized and easy to navigate. As well, when you do scroll down, the images move in the opposite direction you're scrolling, going up as you go down, which adds a really pleasing extra dimension to the website. Also I love the colors, the few bright, bright colors with the large amount of whitespace.

Entry #8

National Geographic

National Geographic's website, much like their content and work, is visually breathtaking. You open it up into your browser and a grand background image of the heavens displays, with articles and news placed in an organized series on top. There's a small menu bar at the very top of the page with their logo and their menu options with directions across their site. Although, kind of like Sue Foley's webpage, you can also just scroll down and reach the same pages if you clicked on the drop down menu, although it does take you to a new page when you click on something. Their footer at the very bottom also gives some more options to go to these pages. As well, it’s very easy to get drawn into the site. With all of the visual media displayed across the multiple pages on the site, and in such a way that you're not bogged down with content, but just enough to get someone to keep exploring. The page also appears to respond with getting smaller and bigger, as it only grows to a certain size, and when it gets too small the content rearranges itself.

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