Assignment 2 – Bad and Good web design.

TERRIBLE web design

Above we have an example of bad web design. This fine gem, aptly named for its fine characteristics of web design, showcase what one should not do in creating a webpage.

For this assignment I’ll be showing some examples of bad and good web design and explain why these websites show examples of bad or good web design.

First of all, before we start with the examples, I’ll give some reasons and characteristics that showcase either bad or good web design. We’ll begin with the bad stuff…

BAD:

Hit counters:

Whats more annoying than a hit counter for a website? This is a dodgy little odometer looking thing usually found at the bottom of amateur web pages. COOL! Lets make my webpage look like a used car! Granted, these are useful for pages like Ebay or other auction sites, but outside of that, don’t bother.

Broken Links:

Also one of the more annoying characteristics of an unprofessional website. Not only is it a turn-off for your readers, but is also crucial for search engine optimization. In turn, working links can boost your search engine rankings to help others find ways to your website easier. This is especially useful for blogging and other similar webpages.

Text Size:

Another important aspect of good webpage design is text size. This is important to your readers because this can help point out sections, more important areas of your website and help the viewer navigate it. Just like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it should be like baby bear’s porridge, “just right”.

PAGES THAT SHOUT AT YOU IN BLOCK CAPITALS!:

This is a given. What can possibly be more annoying, not to mention unprofessional, than someone who has an infatuation with the caps lock button? It’s not only an eye sore, but very unattractive for potential viewers. Now  we can understand if your caps lock button is broken, but for the love of god, please buy a new keyboard before you insist on yelling at us through your webpage.

Long, pompous and irrelevant Flash intros:

The popular use of flash intros to corporate webpages has never made a whole lot of sense to most. Largely, they’re painful to sit through, and even for the few people who would actually want to watch them, after seeing it once, why should they ever want to put themselves through this form of pain oddly characteristic of medieval torture again? Yet, for some odd reason, unbeknownst to 95% of the population, web designers love them, and somehow keep convincing companies to use them.

GOOD:


Navigation:

This is probably the most important aspect of a website. Text should be unobtrusive and easy to read. The page should flow and be easy to steer through. Links should NOT be broken. Navigation buttons and bars provide the visitor with a clue as to where they are, what page of the site they are currently on and frames, if used, are not obtrusive to other parts of the page. Should also be search engine friendly to provide a higher hit count, in turn, providing your website to viewers with said words/phrases/information when searching. Content that is relevant and up to date. This includes links and other information like contact info. For larger sites, an up to date index or site map should be made available. 

Properly resized and optimized images:

This example is pretty self explanatory. You wouldn’t want to view a webpage with an image the entire size of the page would you? This also goes with navigation. Picture/products should be able to fit an expected size of the page, whether it be a link to a specific product or another page entirely.

Text:

Most importantly the background should not interrupt. This means that text should not be ridiculously hard to read against a background. The text should also be big enough to read, but not too big. This goes with statement number three in “BAD”.Of course this is just a few of the bad and good examples of bad and good web design. If the webpage is intrusive, difficult to read, or poorly designated your visitors will usually go elsewhere for their information. People will be impatient with website because there is such a plethora of information available about a multitude of subjects on the internet. Make your website stand out by following the most basic of web designs tips and you should be well on your way to making a well-read webpage.

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