Exercise 5 Overview

Exercises that delve into homepage design.

Instructions

Read the following articles about homepage design:

Then search various websites.

Choose 2 websites that have successful home pages.

Do not use websites that are used as examples in the articles listed above.

Be prepared to present these home pages to the class. Be able to explain why you think they are successful and what, if anything, could be done to make them better.

Choose 2 websites that have unsuccessful home pages.

Be prepared to present these home pages to the class. Be able to explain why you think they are unsuccessful and what could be done to make them better.

As the ALA article states you need to understand the goals listed below. Be able to speak about the goals in relationship to the website you have chosen as examples.

  • Goal 1: Answer the question, “What is this place?”
  • Goal 2: Don’t get in the repeat visitor’s way
  • Goal 3: Show what’s new
  • Goal 4: Provide consistent, reliable global navigation