The idea of single-page websites is a wonderful way to convey smaller amounts of information. These layouts may seem rather unusual compared to multi-page websites, however single-page sites have the upper hand on aesthetics. It’s interactive and pleasing to go. When browsing through one of these well designed sites, the user may find themselves going through more information than they typically would on a regular website. This is the ultimate goal! Keep the user interested and win them over. This way of designing websites is best suited for smaller amounts of information, otherwise the user may be forced to scroll over large amounts or may forced to view large amounts of clutter. When not designed well, these sites can become annoying and a complete turn-off.
The Visually Pleasing, Fully Functioning, Designed, Website
MOAA architects site is well designed and thought out. From the color scheme to the functionality of the website, I’d have to say this webpage is well thought out. When first visiting the webpage, the user is greeted with a vertical navigation that is divided into five sections. When hovering over these sections, the section name is replaced with words that describe the section.
Once the user clicks on the section, the section expands below showing picture content. Additionally, the user can hover over the content to see what sub-section is named. After clicking the sub-section, the page expands and reveals the content. An added bonus to these fully revealed sections is that the beginning sub-section remains just below so the user can navigate to another topic within the sub-section.
Also, a collapse button is featured so that the user can quickly return to the beginning navigation menu, and choose another section of the site.
The Confusing, Dysfunctional, Crappy Website
Designed by Dave is a site that doesn’t utilize important and key techniques in web design. The biggest qualm that I have with this site is its lack of organization. Which as we all know, is the most important part in design. The website maybe aesthetically pleasing to some, its lack of organization and functionality make this website a poor model for single page websites. When first visiting this page, the user is greeted with large text greeting that goes through some more slides of large text introducing Dave, the designer of the page. The page is divided in five sections that start from the mid-top of the page to the bottom. Right underneath the greeting is a section called work. It is here where the content is placed in a three-column by three-row grid. There is no indication that there maybe more sections down below, which is a major flaw in the design of the website. The whole point of single page website is that they are easily navigated and organized very well. This site doesn’t seem to accomplish either of those key techniques in web design. The user must scroll all the way to the bottom to see all of the content. This is an annoyance, but what is more annoying is that once the user reaches the bottom, there is no way to get back to the top of the webpage except by scrolling. All in all, this site is by no means a role model for the successful single page websites.
The Amazing, Beegie Adair
For exercise five I am choosing a jazz inspired pianist for my band. I would like to redesign her website. Her current page utilizes a horizontal navigation and is divided into 10 sections, which is quite plain. The color scheme is not something I’m in love with, but I can sort of understand what the designer is going for. The site is either one box or sometimes an additional skinnier column on the left for additional navigation in the section about her music. I think this webpage may benefit from a single page website due to the functionality with interactive tendencies single page sites have. This site is consistent and organized, but I think it lacks design. The content isn’t over bearing and this site could use a definitely use a face-lift.