Monthly Archives: April 2016

Usability Test Questions + Reactions

 Usability Test Questions:

  1. What are the first things you notice on the home page?
  2. Is my site clear and easy to navigate?
  3. What do you think is the best layout for a site like this?
  4. Are there any elements missing?
  5. Did any page take a long time to load?
  6. Overall strengths of my site?
  7. Overall weakness of my site?

After reading my classmates’ responses to my sites, many of them liked the floral logo and believe it is a great way to start off the page. I may also take one of my classmate’s suggestion and have the floral background run down the sides too.  I agree that I would like to spend extra time customizing my home page and adding more graphics and photos to make my website even more visually appealing.  For the layout, most of my classmates found my layout to be easy to understand and navigate. Some of my peers suggested to make the side bar horizontal, to add an extra element to each of my pages. My classmates appreciated my menu bar and the tabs and found it easy to find each project. Only thing is I forgot to link Project 2, so I will have to remember to add that. But for the most part, all my links and sections load really fast and all work. I think the major thing I am going to focus on for Project #4 is to add more color, play around with different fonts, add more photos, and link my social media platforms. I am pleased with my layout so I will not be spending tons of time on that, I just want to make my site more creative and appealing.

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Smashing Magazine

Do you intend to follow all 10 tips that Smashing Magazine suggests? Why or why not? Also, make sure to explore the “40+ beautiful personal portfolio websites.” Which sites are your favorite and why? What would you need to learn/know in order to make this type of portfolio?

 After reading all 10 tips that Smashing Magazine suggests I plan to follow most of the tips to create a user-friendly website that showcases my work and allows me to create an online presence. Some of my favorite tips from this article, include remembering that your personal portfolio website is all about you, so you want to create it in a way that makes it easy for your readers to follow and to help your readers understand your brand. In order to perfect my site, I need to learn more about how to link my works to my portfolio, create a more eye-catching logo, and come up with a more user-friendly navigation.

After reading this article, here are a few must- haves for my site:

  • A logo- I believe a logo is the first thing your readers see, so I want to include a colorful, eye-catching logo on the top left. My logo will allow my readers to understand the purpose of my site and what it entails.
  • An about me- This section is an essential so I can tell my readers a little more about me. I believe when you allow the audience to get to know you better it helps build trust and credibility.
  • Contact/Social media links- This page will include my email, as well as links to my various social media platforms and the link to my fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog. This way I can keep in touch with my readers.
  • Portfolio- I want to add this section to my site to highlight my favorite works and what I think people will be interested in reading. I want to include high-quality images and links to each work so it will be user-friendly.
  • Blog- Of course, I want to link to journalism course blog because this blog features a variety of assignments from past journalism classes. I would also like to have a special tab to link to LivForStyle, so my readers can see the other side of me, the fashion blogging side.

Some of my favorite sites include:

  • The Things We Make (Mike Kus)- Love the use of colors and simple logo. Love the easy navigation bar. The home page is simple, with an about me and a featured work column.
  • Toby Powell- Love the black and grey color scheme. Like how his about me is on the home page with links to the various sections of his site. I also like the Twitter section under his logo.
  • Design Moves Me (Roy Vergara)- Like the latest project section on the top. Like how his about me is below his logo
  • Chirag Solanki- Love how simple the home page is and then it invites your reader to click on the various sections. Love the logo and color scheme.