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Week 4 The Good and the Bad!

Our task for this week was to find a good and bad example of a website.

I thought I’d start with the bad!!

http://www.astrology.com.au/tarot/

This is an astrology website.   It also has an added capability that allows users to have readings.

The first issue that I have with this site, is its lack of ‘white pages’   The front page is very busy.  It has an enormous amount of text that is presented as a block and is confusing. There are paragraphs, rather than concise instructions.

My eyes were not focused in a clear direction.  It did not follow the F pattern.   A potential reader would quickly lose interest in such a labour intensive site.

There are too many question marks.  I did not know what to do, where to click.

The functions that are there, are displayed next to adds, which places many barriers in ones attempt to access information.  I had to carefully read the site, to understand what to do.

The audience is not catered for in a clear and concise manner.  The navigational functions are confusing and visually unappealing.  The colours chosen do not provide the reader with ease of reading, the contrasting colours are not visually appealing and the font is often too small and the lines are too close together.

The site also uses images that add to its confusion.   They are scattered around and provide a distraction to the text.

http://www.kmart.com.au/

I found it easier to find bad examples of websites, than good.

I chose this Kmart page, primarily because of its layout and its easiness to navigate.

The logo is well recognised and placed strategically in the top left hand corner.

The navigation panel is on the left hand side of the page, where the eye is drawn to and contains  clear links to services, store hours and contact details.  The page is simply designed and not confusing.  A potential client could quickly locate their desired need and instantly have access to correct information.

The text size and contrasts were clear and the spacing made it easy to comprehend.

The text was kept simple and the images added to the telling of the story.  The company’s business was clearly defined.

The footer was used for copyright information and disclaimers, which covers them but is not obtrusive to the client and their day-to-day needs.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Week By Week Reflections

 

Week Three….. Characteristics of a cracking BLOG.

The mechanics of creating a blog, takes a great deal of memory power.  Once I have mastered the basics of these functions, I look forward to taking the advice of the authors highlighted above.

All agree that the key to a successful blog is to make yours stand out from the crowd!   In order to do this, I must try to choose colours that are easy to read and are sympathetic to all eyes.  The font is an important element to consider.  It is important that it is a reasonable size, (say 12 to 14) and is in a clear and legible style.  The contrasting colours of the background and text need to be easy on the eye.  For example, if using a dark back ground, do not go for a stark contrast.  Use pale versions of the same colour, it will make it easier to peruse.

The header is your introduction, so it is important to make it count.  It tells the reader what they may find in your Blog.   It can tell a story, using text and images.   For example, a florist may put an exotic species of flow in the header and write ‘Not your ordinary flowers.’  The reader is instantly aware that this Blog may contain information about flowers that are rare or unusual, without having read any posts.

Primary Navigators are, according to www.blogdesignblog.com are an essential part of a successful blog.  These contain information that you want to put on each page.  Going back to the nursery example, the Primary navigators would include phone numbers and email addresses, that the reader can easily access if a purchase is required.

Your blog should also take advantage of the footers.   It could Include relevant links to other plant sites or botanical information (sticking with the nursery theme).  Comments should also be clear in their layout.  Readers should be able to distinguish the comments from the author of the Blog from those of its readers.  This could be done using colour or  written identification of the author.

The blog that I am creating is not for commercial use.   www.ribbon.com.au discusses the importance of clear, maintained blogs, for those that are trying to generate business.  The inclusion of relevant details in terms of cost or directions are essential for keeping your reader engaged.  If the blog looks amateurish or has a host of spelling and grammar errors, readers may not trust the authenticity of your promises or products.

Heidicohen.com/blog-design/ also examines the concept of sharing your information.  If you want to get the word out there and attract many readers, then you need to examine social sharing options.  Perhaps a link to facebook or the inclusion of foreign languages may help increase your reader numbers.

As mentioned earlier, i need to walk before I can run.  I am looking forward to familiarising myself with Blog and its functions and from there applying the ideas of these Blog experts.


 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Week By Week Reflections

 

Week 2…… LMS

 

Week 2

Today we navigated our way through LMS………  Learning Management Systems.   These are a must in educational settings these days.   The remote access capabilities allows students 24 hour connection to their course or learning requirements.  How I wish this was available in my day!!!    Web CT is Victoria University’s offering and I have already utilised its capabilities.

The bulk of today’s tutorial centered around BLOGS.  I did not realise how many people view and create BLOGS.  I love the way they provide the opportunity for instant publishing and freedom of speech.   As an educator, I am also very keen to explore their possibility as a teaching resource.   They are a useful way of uniting specific tutorial groups.  They could generate discussion and clarification of the subject and empower students to use each other as a resource.

My own blog has started to take shape.  Today I learnt how to create a hyperlink and I also added an image to accompany my text.  I am looking forward to decorating it and learning more of its capabilities.

 

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Week By Week Reflections