The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and the Usable

The Goodwww.Golden1center.com

The Golden 1 Center website is very attractive with interactive icons, buttons, and cool drop-down menus. The main page contains a lot of graphic movements which captures the viewers attention. It also has great contrasting colors that help you focus on the important content. Additionally, the site has a good use of typography and image content alone. I mean who doesn’t like music or entertainment in general? Their call to action encourages you to signup for updates which makes the user feel included.

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The Badwww.jcrawfordbooks.com

The home page is very outdated and unbalanced. It’s like the entire content is being held hostage in the top left corner somehow. Bad use of white space. The colors are dull and image content has very little going for itself. What makes it really bad is that the ‘search by category’ option only has a one section available, which contains only two books on World War 2. Also the search engine does not work too well. When I entered my favorite author’s name it took me to an extensive application form asking for more information about the author, isn’t this suppose to be their job?

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The Uglywww.comicsandcollectible.com

Seems very outdated and a little dull for a comic book site. I was surprised there are no animated GIFS here? The choice of typography seems to strain the eyes a bit, but it could be the overall layout. This site could use a better header with less clutter and a better wireframe entirely. Lots of bundled content that could be more effective for users if more white space was included. Cool comics, history, and features, but bad presentation.

 

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The Usablewww.sacrt..com

The landing page is extremely user focused. There is not too much going on besides links that suit the target audience productively, people who commute on train or bus in the city. Straight forward with no distracting content besides the what fits the purpose of the site. Great scheduled of time, dates, and routes designed with functionality. Simple page layout with complimentary colors -yellow and true blue, that help the user navigate effectively. Colors contrast well with the typography, giving it strong eligibility that makes for a clear read. The design is highly instructional and descriptive without being too complex.

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