Wednesday, March 25, 2009
As we now subscribe to the Steve Krug school of web design, this inconsistency is unacceptable. It frustrates the audience, and it makes you have to figure out what happened to your menu links, which is not something we should have to deal with as website readers. In summary, I give the IJDH website a failing grade in navigation.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
- Posting to Google docs to make sure we're sharing progress and ideas
- Meeting for a half hour or so outside of class each week to discuss developments
- Checking in with the "client" through phone conferencing
- Applying what we've learned in class that week to our report on the client's site. For instance, I took Mary-Lea's advice (from the first or second class) of printing out the entire site to map the , which was a really useful exercise.
Will the IJDH site rise like a phoenix? We will do our best.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Also, it was useful to note that although the class to date has been divided into sections, it might be more useful to the team to formulate our own categories of what we think needs to be done to improve the website.
At this time, I just want to address the structural layout of the current hompage and some recommendations for improvement. As we continue to learn about the website's function and target audiences, we will go into discussion on actual content. Here is my overall evaluation of the present homepage structure:
Add a tag line. It is not immediately recognizable what IJDH is as an organization to many potential site visitors.
Add a welcome blurb into the “About IJDH” section.
The top menu bar could be reorganized by moving Haiti Justice Videos, Haiti JusticeBlog, and Links sections to be the final three items. This seems like a more logically listed cohesion of headings.
Center the main feature photo (Matt Damon and others at JFK library).
Realign the bullets in main feature section.
Resize the chart box in main feature section.
Change the color scheme (currently orange, red, white, grey).
Reformat the “Major Campaigns section” to either decrease font size and make it look more like a cohesive list, or add one line briefs after the headlines.
Stay consistent with the font difference scheme that symbolizes hyperlinks (e.g. always bold print, always same color).
Resize image files so that they are all the same size per section, which will help delineate sections within a page.