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3 Apr

This is the presentation I did on W3C for our class.

Web Design – W3C

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Website Analysis

23 Feb

Non Profit Website 1 (my personal choice): www.worldvision.org

The visual design for world vision has orange and white as a color scheme. The bright orange makes this website intriguing and very noticeable. On the home page, there is a slide show of four different pictures, each displaying different information such as: ways to help, problems going on around the world, and personal stories. Also at the top of their home page there are a variety of tabs, which lead to many other links. Below the slide show, there is a section describing who World Vision is, current news/problems going on around the world, their blog and Facebook feed, as well as how to help sponsor a child. Their logo is displayed at the top left of their home page, and their slogan is displayed in the center/top area which reads, “Building a better world for children.” At the top right, there is a section to search World Vision, as well as a place to log in, a link to shop/donate, a link to their blog, and also a link to help/contact them.

Non Profit Website 2 (Wilhelmina Giese): www.notforsalecampaign.org

When clicking on this website, the main visual is a huge slide show that advertisers different ways to get involved and find out more about fighting slavery. The very first slide is a picture of a field with writing over the top that says, “Welcome to the movement to re-abolish slavery.” However, what is interesting is that behind this slide show, there is another slide show playing to the right and left of the dominant slideshow. The other slide show displays what slide is going to be next in the prominent slide show. I found this a little weird. Above the two slide shows are different links including: empower, join, about, slavery, social ventures, take action, news, store, and donate. At the very top of their home page, they have different links to their social media accounts: twitter, facebook, RSS, and a place to sign up for e-mail updates.  Below the slide-show, there is a section displaying news going on. To the right of it, there are moving letters (interesting to the eye), which eventually spell out words that read different things. There is also a section for upcoming events, what is going on across the world, and a vimeo video which displays information in regards to a campaign they started called Free Rock.  There were many different colors on this website, but the color orange was displayed repeatedly, with a white background.

Non Profit Website 3 (Megan Messick): www.invisiblechildren.com

The home page of this website displays a big picture of what appears to be someone speaking at a conference/lecture. To the right of the picture, there are giant words that say, “Book a Screening.” Beneath those words, it says, “bring our new film and a Ugandan survivor of the LRA conflict to your community.” There is a link below it that allows you to request a screening.  Below this picture, the mission statement of invisible children is displayed. Then, there are different links that allow you to learn more about the organization, donate to their cause, or watch a video about who they are. Beneath these links, there is a place to buy the organizations clothing, with pictures displaying their different material items for sale.  On the right hand side, their twitter feed is displayed, and finally below their material items they have their blog, with all of their blog posts. At the very top of their home page, their logo is displayed, and there are different links: donate, shop, share, the conflict, our work, about, help now, and media. Their background is completely black, with their writing in teal or white color.  The main picture has a red tint to it, showing a little color. It took a long time for me to scroll down their home page, since they displayed many items and many of their blog posts.

Non Profit Website 4 (Alyssa Stinnette): www.cure.org

This website has a slide show at the top of their page, displaying five different slides. One of the slides includes a picture of Tim Tebow, and how he is helping this organization. Another slide displays a child’s personal story. One slide is a map of the different places in which the Cure organization is working. There is also a slide that is a picture of many different hats and has the writing, “Buy a hat. Change a life.” Finally, there is a slide that displays a way of getting involved. Above this slide slow, their slogan and logo is displayed, as well as different links including: about, hospitals, blog, media, help now, and cure kids. There is also a link to donate. Beneath the slide show, they have displayed their mission statement. There is also a place to sign up to get updates about their organization, and beneath that, they have displayed their different blog posts. However, their blog posts are small and square-shaped and there are many beside each other. Their contact information is displayed at the very bottom, as well as their twitter feed and more information about them. There are also a variety of pictures of the different people they have helped. Their color schemes are neutral and grey colors, combined with a darker brown and lime green shade. Their writing is in brown, white and grey.

Similarities:

The majority of these websites had slide shows that went across the top of their page. I like this idea, because it is extremely visually intriguing. Also, most of their links were displayed at the top of their pages, as well as their slogans. This made it easy for me to find out more about the organization, how to get involved, etc. The majority of these sites also had pictures of people that appeared to be nice, real, genuine people.  They also all had places to donate money to their cause. Generally, beneath their slide shows they displayed their mission/purpose statement and their twitter feed. Also, most of these sites used bright colors, such as orange and lime green.

Differences:

One of the main differences found within these four websites are the colors they chose to use. Invisible Children was very different, as it used extremely dark colors. This created a very depressing, sullen mood. However, since their focus is fighting slavery, I could see their purpose in choosing these colors. Another difference I found in the colors was that the website notforsalecampaign.org did not display a prominent color. They had a variety of colors, since they displayed a very large slide show with a variety of pictures. Their background was white, and not very eye-appealing. They did have the orange color a few times on their site, but it was nothing like that of World Vision.

Another main difference I found was how cure.org used Tim Tebow in one of their slides. I found that this was very impacting. When I knew that someone famous was involved in this organization, it made me want to get involved as well. After seeing this, I was surprised that World Vision did not display anyone famous on their website, or even Invisible Children. I know these organizations are also very large, and I believe it would help gain supporters if they displayed at least one famous person helping their organization.

Overall, I believe the majority of these organizations had very effective visual designs. The one site I did not like visually was notforsalecampaign.org. I felt that their slide show was too big, and their website felt more disorganized since there was not a prominent color scheme. I also thought it was weird to have a slide show going on behind another slide show. I felt that their site was boring and not as intriguing as some of the others. However, I felt that World Vision, Invisible Children, and cure.org all did a great job with their layouts and color schemes. Even though the Invisible Children website displayed very dark colors, it helped them better communicate their message, and make a great impact on those who see it. I also appreciated the web sites that had slide shows, as they kept me more interested in their web sites.

Audience

14 Feb

Person: Hiring manager at Team Agape (non-profit organization)

Demo: Woman, teacher in Puyallup School District, married with two young kids, born and raised in Washington State, 38 years old.

As they look: The main picture on my page (a flower) may bring comfort and peace to her, as I personally believe that most women enjoy flowers. However, it also may remind her of the outdoors and some adventures she had with her children that were unenjoyable. She might think I am over the top, since I talk about my love for jesus – or she may like the fact that I am bold with my faith. Since she does work for a Christian, non-profit organization, she probably will appreciate my faith statements. However, my twitter status’s displayed on the right side of my profile might reveal to her my youth, as some of the things I tweet are not always very professional. If she is frustrated with her children and sees these tweets, she might think that I am too young to hire. I do think she will enjoy the simple layout of my profile though, as she probably has recently dealt with a lot of chaos from her children, and does not want to have to think.

Website: Non-profit

13 Feb

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Site name and URL: World Vision www.worldvision.org

Site description: Christian organization dedicated to working with communities worldwide to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. This includes (but is not limited to) responding to emergency crises, civil conflict, hunger, and meeting the needs of those in poverty.

Audience (your deduction): The majority of the people who follow and support World Vision are those who are in their late teens and older. It is unlikely to find donors/supporters who are children. Also, since this is a Christian organization, it is likely that many of their supporters are Christian as well. Participants might also be affiliated with a Christian church or other non-profit organization.

Business/Site Goals (your deduction): To help fight injustice and poverty. Also, raise awareness and support for those who are less fortunate and who are in need. To help people reach their full potential.

Technologies used (your deduction): HTML, JavaScript

Website: Entertainment

13 Feb

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Site name and URL:  Netflix https://signup.netflix.com/home?country=1&rdirfdc=true

Site description: Netflix is a quick and easy way to get an access of a variety of movies and TV shows. Netflix can be streamed from a variety of technological devices including: PCs, Macs, TVs, iPhones, Xboxes and more. Consumers sign up for a subscription on the company’s website and then are allowed access to the unlimited world of their favorite shows and movies.

Audience (your deduction): People who use this website include teenagers to adults. Due to its easy accessibility, practically anyone can navigate through this site. Many families take advantage of this product, as a Netflix account can be shared and used on multiple media devices. The consumers who use this website might also be found accessing other fun technological websites that include apps for your iPhone, technological games, and anything designed for your personal enjoyment and leisure time.

Business/Site Goals (your deduction): Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix as a DVD rental-by-mail company and led its transformation to become the world’s largest streaming subscription service for watching movies and television programs. Netflix has revolutionized the way people enjoy entertainment.

Technologies used (your deduction): HTML, JavaScript

Website: Media

13 Feb

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Site name and URL:  LA Times Media Kit http://mediakit.latimes.com (wordpress site)

Site description: This site displays a great amount of information regarding the LA Times newspaper. It is ideal for those who want to place advertisements, or just find out more regarding the paper. It also displays events going on, deals to participate in, and shows other fun things this newspaper company is doing.

Audience (your deduction): The people who would go to site this site would be those who read the LA Times, live in the LA area, or are tied to LA in some manner. Young adults and older would most likely be the age range of visitors. Consumers of this site may also be found browsing other news/ current event sites.

Business/Site Goals (your deduction): To inform people about the LA Times and get them to be a supporter of this newspaper. Also, to help them understand the different forms of this media as well as how to place an advertisement.

Technologies used (your deduction): HTML, JavaScript, Cookie (?)

Website: Government

13 Feb

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Site name and URL: Washington State website http://access.wa.gov

Site Description: Educates people on the state of Washington. It provides a variety of helpful information including: educational programs, government, how to find a job, where to visit, and more. It shows people what it is like to live in this state.

Audience (your deduction): The people visiting this site are people who live in Washington, or have an interest in going to Washington. The majority of people are probably adults and either want to know about the state they live in, or want to move to Washington. They could be found looking at other state’s websites or other websites providing information about the state of Washington.

Business/Site Goals (your deduction): To educate people on the state of Washington. This includes a vast amount of information (as listed above) in regards to all aspects of this state.

Technologies used (your deduction): HTML, JavaScript