Questions

(Each graded discussion is worth a total of 8 points)

QUESTION 1: COLOR

Pick the website of a musician, writer, athlete or artist that has an compelling design and identify the message or personality that is communicated by the website. Describe the way that the dominant color, color palette, chroma and value contribute to this message. (Please include a link.)

QUESTION 2: HTML ELEMENTS

Look at the source code for the website you picked last week. List the HTML elements that are used in the homepage of the website you picked. How does the code of a website that is online differ from the code you created this week? How is it the same? Is there anything that surprises you about the way that the code is written? Support your answer. (Please include a link.)

How to view source code tutorial (Links to an external site.)

QUESTION 3: TEXT TYPEFACE

Find the website of an artist, musician, athlete or writer where you think the text type contributes to the visual design. Describe how the choice of serif/sans serif, font-color, weight, style and type size impact how easy it is to navigate the website and how these choices contribute to the overall message. (Please include a link)

 

QUESTION 4: BACKGROUND AND CONTENT IMAGERY

Pick the website of a musician, writer, athlete or artist that has an compelling design and identify the message or personality that is communicated by the website. Describe one of the background images used in the website (it can be the background of a div or the body). Discuss how the texture, scale and pattern of the background contribute to the message. Describe one of the content images used in the website. Do the content images and background images play different roles in the website you chose? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.)

 

QUESTION 5: DISPLAY AND ACCENT TYPEFACES

Pick the website of a shoe or clothing store that has an compelling design and identify the message or personality that is communicated by the website. Describe the display typeface the website uses in terms of type category, weight and x-height. Describe each of the accent typefaces the website uses. Do the typefaces help to communicate the messages and create a unified voice? How does the number of typefaces change the voice of the website? (Please include a link.) 

 

QUESTION 6: EMPHASIS

Pick the website of a different shoe or clothing store that has an compelling design. Create a list of the five most important pieces of information on the page based on emphasis. Describe what elements the designer used to emphasize each of the five elements (size, color, value–from the lecture). Are these the five most important pieces of content for the user? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.) 

 

QUESTION 7: INTERFACE IMAGERY

Pick the website of a shoe or clothing store that has the same message or personality as the website you are creating for Project 2. Identify the different types of interface imagery used by the designer. Describe the shapes of the interface imagery. Describe the texture of the interface imagery. How do the shape and texture of this imagery contribute to the message? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.) 

 

QUESTION 8: PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGERY

Pick the website of a restaurant that has one of the same messages as Thyme Restaurant (there are several listed on the project overview). Describe the photographs on the website in terms of perspective, variety and detail of the subject, setting, lighting, composition and color. How do these qualities contribute to the message of the website? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.) 

 

QUESTION 9: UNITY

Pick the website of a restaurant that has one of the same messages as Thyme Restaurant (not one of the ones from the lecture). Describe the composition of the page in terms of horizontal and vertical axis. Are there axis that are more dominant? Describe the visual groups on the homepage. Does the presence or absence of dominant axis effects the overall organization and number of groups? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.) 

 

QUESTION 10: SECONDARY PAGES

Pick two different restaurant websites that have the same goals as Thyme Restaurant (not one of the ones from the lecture). Describe the information that each website offers to the user. Does one of the websites have information that fulfills the user goals better? Is there any information on either website that is not necessary for the user? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.)  

 

QUESTION 11: INTERACTIVE GAMES

Pick the website of a recent movie that has elements like games or activities that are entertaining. Describe each element and explain why it is entertaining.  Identify five goals that users have when the visit a movie website. Do the elements that you describe fulfill these goals? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.)  

 

QUESTION 12: INNOVATIVE NAVIGATION

Pick the website of a recent movie that has navigation elements that are unique or interesting. Describe the navigational elements and what makes them unique.  Does the unfamiliar navigation make it easier or more difficult to move through the wesbite? Does it add to your enjoyment or immersion in the website? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.)   

Examples:

http://www.behindthegoggles.net/
http://www.moonrisekingdom.com/

QUESTION 13: ILLUSTRATION STYLE

Pick the website of a movie or book that has an interesting or unique illustration style. Identify the messages of the website. Describe the illustration style of the website in terms of line, shape, smoothness, and color palette. How do these qualities contribute to the maturity of the website? Do the illustrations look handmade or like they were made in a computer? How does this contribute to the messages of the website? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.)  

QUESTION 14: RICH AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Pick the website of a movie or book that uses rich media to enhance your experience. Describe each type of rich media that is used and identify the type of learning or experience that it appeals to (from the lecture). Do you think the rich media broadens the appeal of this website? Why or why not? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.) 

QUESTION 15: WEBBY AWARDS

The Webby Awards honor the best interactive work that has been created in a year. Pick one of the websites featured on the Webby Awards that you think is unique or innovative. Describe the elements (type, color, layout, imagery, interactivity, audio/video) that make the website different. How do these qualities work together to create a website that is one of the best? Does this website teach you anything about being a web designer? Does it make you see new possibilities for your design? Explain your answer. (Please include a link.) 

http://www.webbyawards.com/