Project 5: Using Websites

My web portfolio has been a good lesson in using WordPress thus far. I think that factors such as the color of the text and the contrast of it on the website background, and text size, are positives in accessibility of the website. However, I believe there are several ways that I can improve my site. For example, I think that adding a “Start Here” tab to introduce the website to the reader and explain what the purpose of my website is would orient new users a lot better. When I look at new websites myself – especially blogs that have good information about personal development or a topic in the same realm – I always use the “Start Here” tab. In addition, I think that more pictures would help usability. Though many of my blog posts already include 1-2 pictures, I think that adding pictures in the header bar or the side bar would enhance the visual representation of the blog. It would help capture the attention of more people and make them more excited to continue reading.

GOOD DESIGNS

1
This website shows efficiency. There aren’t many words about the company or the product, just the names and the navigation at the top.
2
This CDC website is effective because it draws your focus to a single public health issue going on right now. There is very little distraction here and the links included even allow you to share the page on social media.
3
This is accessible; the text is clearly separated with the foreground and the background for assistive reading technologies.

4

This design, though busy with text, is not designed with bright or flashy colors that can cause seizures.

 

BAD DESIGNS

5
The text in the pictures blends in with the text that the author has added. It would be very confusing for someone using accessibility technologies.

6

The text here is too small to read, and is very unappealing to any reader.

7

The text here is very messy and everything overlaps. Some text even goes onto the picture on the right.

8

In this picture, the post is interrupted in the middle of the sentence by these two pictures, which is neither user friendly nor accessible. The reader’s thought process is interrupted when reading.

To redesign the poor websites, I would cut down on the amount of text there is on the page. Instead of trying to cram all the words onto a single page, I would create various ones, such as “events” or “issues” or something to make it more visually appealing. I would make the text bigger and not cover the entire screen from end to end.

 

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