Archive | July 2012

Self Portrait 1

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Copies.

Villain Ideas.

My idea for a villain in my scene. As the story has not been decided at this point, I kind of created a multi purpose bad guy that could tie in with all currently proposed stories. The large rectangular area in the center of the body could be a door, cage, or screen.

Character Redesign.

User experience in web based media.

When users land on your website, they typically read the content available. Then, the next thing that they will do is to try and familiarize themselves with your website. Most of the time this involves looking for navigation.

 

http://wadach.com/

This has rollovers that seem similar to minesweeper. Rather cool but personally, I think if you play that game too much, you grow to hate it. However, the links that it uncovers, are very interesting.

 

http://www.vorsteher.com/hosts/396/flash/

When you’re greeted by a Flash animation explaining to you how to use the navigation (before actually seeing the website itself), well, it’s not a good sign. I personally think that the majority of users would do the same as I have, and close this animation before trying to understand what was being explained.

Once you are in though, its amazing to scroll around photos like that. But its still flash.

 

http://www.jlern.com/

I think this website proves that usability can indeed be aesthetically pleasing. The main menu is conveniently and prominently placed horizontally, just below the logo. This is the exact place where users are most likely to search for it. It contains just five items, each of which corresponds to the five sections of the website. The font is large and visible, and each menu item changes color on hover.

From an aesthetic perspective, it is modern and blends in very well with the overall look and feel of the website. However, from a usability perspective, having two menus with the same content usually confuses users as they try to click on the same-named section in both menus to see if it’s loading any different content.

Id like to achieve something similar in the way my website looks.

 

http://www.sheltonfleming.co.uk/

This could be a very promising start to a website for the new building. We have 2 sections here; Ideas and experiences. this could easily be translated into ‘students’ and ‘others’

In fact, the concept of “Ideas” and “Experience” dictates the website navigation—each section resides at opposing ends of the screen along the horizontal plane. Hovering over each of the two sections reveals a vertical side menu with intuitively-named, visible menu items. Good usability practice is also implemented through the changing of the menu text on hover.

Also, the arrow that appears on hover is a good indication to the user that the content of each menu item will be displayed right next to it—something which actually happens when clicking on the menu items.

 

http://www.chris-wang.com/

This website prominently revolves around the projects that Chris Wang has undertaken. In fact, the first thing that one sees is a list of project titles and accompanying icons that open up in an accordion style when clicked on.

 

http://www.mccormackmorrison.com/

Interesting screen swapping but not really what I want.

 

http://www.moka.tv

Argentinian design agency Moka is well aware that its website will attract potential South American, Spanish speaking clients. So instead of offering the standard language changing mechanisms, it makes use of its website visitors’ IP address in order to provide the site in English or Spanish—depending on their location. In fact, manually changing the “/?lang=en” parameter in the URL to “/?lang=es” will yield the Spanish version of their website—this is good usability.

The website is clean, minimalist, provides ample white space, and prominently shows the company’s portfolio—all of these will provide a positive user experience. Sticking to conventions such as providing better mechanisms to go back to the home page, being able to view the information about the company, and how to get in touch with them, would be beneficial.