Week Two

Review No.1

Etsy

Etsy homepage

Etsy.com is a very clean, beautiful site. There are a lot of different categories at the top to click on and even those are separated into further subcategories. It is very easy to find precisely what you are looking for on this site. The site itself is very responsive and would look wonderful on even the smallest smartphone.

The only downside is that the categories go away at the top and that definitely takes down the ease of use of the site on a smaller device. The categories do turn into a hamburger menu but it does make it easier on the user on the desktop version when all the categories are in full view. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom, it does tell you a bit about Etsy without having to dig. I appreciate that, and I am sure it is something Etsy is proud of and that is why it is so easy to find. Overall the site is very clean, picture heavy (with photos especially geared toward the logged in user) and easy to use.

Review No. 2

Common Sense Media

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This site is a non-profit trying to help parents decide what media is appropriate for their specific aged child. Right away, this site is begging you to interact: there is a box on the side allowing the user to "plus" or "minus" to their kids age to make the site more appropriate for their specific child. Although upon further inspection, it does make you make an account to get the personalization of the website, which is honestly a pet peeve of mine. The site is very responsive and takes great shape for smartphone, tablet, and desktop alike. As you scroll down, they do present to the user various different media and the rating (and it's breakdown) for a child for each.

Review No. 3

Earth's World

The website "Earth's World" is what I chose to review. It is a site by a photographer that basically "people watches" and takes pictures of all the different characters he encounters in his travels. The site is very simple, not much to interact with: there is no hamburger menu, no tabs at the top for different sections around the site. There is however a plethora of pictures on the homepage. When you click on any of the pictures in the first group, they take you to different festivals or fairs that the photographer has been to and taken pictures at. The group of pictures below take you to separate years in which the operator has divided his work into.

At the very bottom of the site, there are two links: one for a bio on the artist (which does not reveal anything about themselves at all) and a contact tab. The site itself, however, is not responsive: the pictures stay the same size and it probably wouldn't look as sleek on a tablet or phone. The simplicity and "bare bones" feel of the site add to the mystery of the photographer. The site focuses on their work and there is no extra information to take away from that. I wish there was a little more info on the artist (social medias, more of a bio, etc.) but that adds to the anonymity of the artist.

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