This week’s chat was to critique an existing website. A student provided the following site, of which we evaluated: http://roybarber.com/
Some of the questions were – what is the style, how does the style support the intended purpose and audience and is there anything that seems no to fit the intended purpose and audience. We also discussed logo use, testimonials, portfolio access, colors, and layout.
In addition to the critique of an existing website, we were to answer questions regarding the GroupMe site.
- Could we replace our site’s Forum with GroupMe? And if so, how would that work?
I think we could, but would need to have a link somehow from our website that took you to the GroupMe site. Perhaps we could incorporate the GroupMe feature into the Forum?
- Could we make a request for critiques post on our own blog, enable comments, and then put the link to it into GroupMe so that critiques could be added in the comments of our post?
That seems complicated, but would also help gain traffic to our websites. Critiques are invaluable and also motivating to strive to improve and build skills.
- Do we need additional GroupMe groups to handle different kinds of things? Such as a GroupMe just for requests for critiques?
I really like how the Forum is setup right now, by compartmentalized subjects – General Discussion, Study Groups, and Course-Specific Forums. I think we under-utilize the Forum and not sure that migrating it to GroupMe would really make things any different. However, I do think having additional GroupMe groups would make it easier to sift through specific subjects, such as requests for critiques.
My best takeaway from tonight’s Chat was: there are strong opinions on what is considered “good” design. I think it’s interesting and insightful to read other people’s views and perspectives on this topic.
Also this web-link was provided during the Chat as an example of excellent UX… http://www.thisisgrow.com/
Dislikes: One thing I didn’t like about the site was extra load time when you click on one of the navigation links. Also, not sure that just the Grow logo at the top is sufficient – a bit confusing as to what the purpose of this site is initially.
Likes: I do like the layout of the site and how it loads from the bottom up – reminds me a lot of a PowerPoint animation feature. The animal head at the end of each statement on each page is a fun and unique design add-on. Click on the “Work Here” link at the bottom of the Home page to see how this design is expounded on for positions available at their agency (be sure to scroll down to see the actual postings).