Lab Work - 14/09/2017
Part 1 - Q3. (a) & (b) Observations
Mock-ups, wireframes and prototypes would've seemed like massive red tape to me before but after reading the article here, I've realised that these stages are essential in order to add colour to an idea or project and flesh out potential issues early on in the development process. It's analogous to making a sculpture - you don't start carving the detail of the eyelashes into the boulder first, you create a rough outline of the figure as a whole and go from there.
Planning could be seen as a waste of time for those who want to jump right in and "do the do" but in fact, it's more likely to save time overall than anything. Being able to see potential pitfalls ahead of time is crucial for the success of the project cost and time wise.
With all the technology and software (freeware, open source software) available to developers today, there's just no excuse for poorly coded and tested websites. As read in this article, there are literally websites that will test how your website displays on different browsers for you!
Good websites are all about good end user experience. People have short attention spans nowadays. If your website involves too much interaction or is too busy or is difficult to look at in any way, your audience numbers will suffer immensely. You literally have a matter of seconds to reel the user in and if you can't achieve it then, you'll lose them forever.
Part 1 - Q4 (a) Terminology on Twitter
- Lo-fi: I chose this word because I've never seen it used in the context of design before and it was used many times. On Twitter, all I found were references to music!!
- SEO: Searching this acronym on Twitter returned many posts about how to make your website more visible and searchable through search engines. It made me realise how mainstream and important these things are nowadays! The posts I found were mostly by web development bloggers.
Part 1 - Q4 (b) Twitter Follows
- AJ Ghergich (@SEO) - I mean, come on, his Twitter handle is literally @SEO
- Search Engine Land (@sengineland) - Breaking news on all things Google and SEO.
- Moz (@Moz) - Huge following on Twitter and commercially focused in order to drive webpage visits up.
Part 3 - Q1 Analysing the UI
- Takes a long time to load / process heavy.
- I personally like the simplistic white background with darker elements in front. Makes everything easy on the eyes.
- There are a lot of different menus which can seem overwhelming unless the user is going to put in time to figure them all out. I'm thinking there should only be a few higher level menus leading to more detailed sub menus for easier navigation.
- There's a lot of media (both moving and still) on this homepage meaning it's process heavy and slow to load.
- I like the design, it's slick and professional looking.
- It has a hamburger menu in the top right which leaves less cluttered menus across the top and down the side of the screen. I much prefer this.
- I never like pages that make you scroll way down in order to see the full content. What user ever goes down to the bottom? I'd rather a tidy page where you don't have to scroll far to see all the content - at least on the home page!