This week, David Mckenzie and I agreed to re-critique each other’s sites so we can get a feel for how our updates from last week’s classes seem to go over. I think that we have both found that friends and family are proud and love our web-sites, but don’t want to tell us negative things or don’t have the tools to give us the sort of critical feedback that our classmates aren’t afraid to give.
On David’s site, Familiar Strangers, it is clear that he addressed the issues that the class pointed out last week.
- Boxes: We talked a lot in class about boxes and how we have too many of them. I really like that the header and footer boxes are rounded, taking away the harshness of the box. I appreciate that you took away the “grid” that was on the page before but I feel like you went just a bit too far in the opposite direction. Having the text off to the left of the header in the home page throws off the alignment and just feels off.
- Color: This goes along with the boxes, but I don’t think you need to have the container background color and the wrapper background color all the same. Having two opposite colors for the two makes a harsh line and highlights the boxyness but if you do two shades of one color, it works better. I really like how the two shades of one color work nicely together in your blog. Maybe you could use that technique? But I do like the combination of the burgundy, blue, and ivory. It works well with the feel of the site.
- Organization: I think the site is very organized and leads the viewer through very nicely. I don’t mind that the sidebar navigation is in the margin on the left as it is separate from the text. There are a few pages where the text is pushed to the left, like the main page under Washington. I’m assuming that images are going to the right. If not, i would spread the text out.
All in all, I don’t think there is too much to change. It’s a really good site that is put together really well. You’ve got a LOT of information and make it easy for people to find and understand. Hope this helps!