What defines a good visual web design by comparing two websites

Discuss what defines a good visual web design by comparing two websites. Notice that since a website visualizes its content or text, there must be a complementary relationship between good content and good visual design.

What defines a good visual web design by comparing two websites

ACTIVITY 1
LOOKING AT DESIGN ELEMENTS ON THE WEB: Discuss what defines a good visual web design by comparing two websites. Notice that since a website visualizes its content or text, there must be a complementary relationship between good content and good visual design.

Browse among your favorite websites. Find one that you think is creative and well done, and another that is not done so well.

1.   Look at the layout of each.

Secondly, Is your eye drawn to the most important text or image?

Thirdly, Is it clear what you should be looking at? Is it visually appealing?

2.   Look at the navigation (the menu that tells you how to go from one web page to another within the website.)

Secondly, Can you find the navigation bar?

Thirdly, Is it labeled in a meaningful way?

Fourthly, Do you actually know where to click?

Further, Can you get to where you want to go with the help of this navigation bar?

3.   Look at the images (either graphic art or photographs.)

Secondly, Are they an integral part of the website’s message?

Thirdly, Are their positions on the page related to the importance of the image?

Also, Is the image necessary or superfluous to the page?

What message is communicated about this website by the choice of images?

 

4.   Look at the colors.

 

Do they communicate an emotion or an idea?

Are they appropriate to the content of this website?

Do they create a response in the user that works well with the purpose of this site?

5.   Look at animations. Do they distract or enhance your experience of the website?

Do they communicate more effectively than the still images? Why?

6.   Look at relationship between text and images.

Do they work together or contradict one another in any way?

In the space provided, compare and contrast your “good” website and your “bad” website. Remember to include the web address for each and discuss each site in terms of the six questions asked above.

Type your answer in the box below. When you have finished, run spell check and proofread your work, then copy and paste the text to the course forums.

 

ACTIVITY 3

Class Participation- 250 words minimum

1.   Visit eBay and search for a high-ticket item such as fine art, rare books, and collectible memorabilia. Click on any items that interest you and read the descriptions.

Do you get a sense of the audience the seller is targeting?

Does the seller use any keywords to describe the item or make the pitch? How does the seller persuade or motivate the customer to buy?

2.   Search for lower-ticket items (“everyday” items with a low starting price).

Read the descriptions of individual items. Do these descriptions differ from the “high-ticket” descriptions?

Do you get a different sense of the intended audience?

What details does this seller include? How is this description similar to the high-ticket item? How is it different?

Discuss how sales language differs between a collectible item and an “everyday” item – why do you think this is.

ACTIVITY 4

A discourse community is a group that “speaks the same language.” For medical professionals use and understand medical terminology. Scientists use and understand scientific terminology. Even grammarians use terminology such as “linguistics” and even “grammar,” but these terms may have little to no meaning or a completely different meaning to non-members of that discourse community.

Name a discourse community to which you belong and provide at least five examples of terms that are understood by members of your discourse community. Explain the terms so that non-members will understand their meaning. 250 words minimum

Discuss a discourse community to which you belong and explain five terms that are unique to that group?