Week 2

Website 1: Buck Brannaman

This is Buck's homepage.

Buck Brannaman is a horseman/trainer and is considered as one of the world's leading practitioners of handling horses based on classical concepts from the California vaquero tradition; working with the horse's nature, using an understanding of how horses think and communicate to train the horse to accept humans and work confidently and responsively with them.

 

Brannaman's website is used to display his clinic schedule with information, links to purchasing DVDs and books, answers to frequently asked questions, and additional links to several pages that are related to his practice. This website is very responsive, and aesthetically pleasing from the start. When the webpage is first loaded, a colored block quickly fades in displaying a link to his updated clinic schedule. After that, a black and white image of Brannaman slowly fades in which temporarily takes up the entire background of the webpage (until you scroll down past the fold). This website has continuity with its design, which helps display its information. The tabs it displays also allows easy navigation.

Website 2: Instagram

This is Instagram's homepage.

Instagram is a common and well known website/app. It is used to display photos not restricted to those who practice photography as a profession, but for anyone who wants to share aspects of their lives.

Without diving into my personal account and sticking with the basic home page of Instagram, pre-signing in, the display of the webpage is well organized, clean, and aesthetically modern. A nice visual touch of this page is the slideshow of images within the screen of one of the smartphones displayed. The images slowly fade into the next, displaying what the app looks like in different scenarios of it being used; your account page, the homepage, editing a photo, sharing a photo, and getting a follower notification. The first component that grabs attention is what you need to “sign up” to obtain an Instagram account. The tabs at the bottom of the webpage allow easy access to any information regarding the website. This webpage is also very responsive when resizing the window.

Website 3: Etsy

This is Etsy's homepage.

Etsy is a website that is focused one-commerce of handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. These items fall under a wide range of categories, including artwork, photography, clothing and shoes, jewelry and accessories, quilts, knick-knacks, toys, and items for pets.

This website is responsive when resizing the window of the webpage. The information and images change and adjust to accommodate for different sized devices. Etsy immediately displays information promoting their website. The first thing I noticed was “If it’s handcrafted, vintage, custom, or unique, it’s on Etsy.” Along with tabs to direct the viewer/shopper directly to main categories of products. Within these categories are more specific categories and so on, this allows for a more precise search. Further down the webpage, Etsy gives information about their website. Which includes links to their background story and the Help Center. Further down there are recent reviews of products, access links to blogs, a place for you to enter your email address to subscribe, and more links to direct you where you want to go. All the links are straight forward and easy to understand. There is a lot of stuff on their webpage so it takes a while to skim through, but it is organized.

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