The Original Blender has my work cut out for me since he went above and beyond and created three different website designs.
The Original Blender stated in his blog that this particular design looked like it was done in 1992. Even so, from the first look of the website I had no idea what the website was about. I kept saying the title out loud, “R U Entertained?” and I had to say to myself, based on the look of the website no not really. Based on the context of the website, no I was not entertained because I didn’t know what what I was suppose to be entertained about. As a user, I should immediately know what the website is going to be about. However, the first design is engaging because of the bright purple. I thought the color and shapes of the buttons were really great. I especially like the reflection effect on the buttons. I like the palm trees in the background but I did not particularly like the colors. The first design does not look like a website. The hot sheet table, is very simple but yet it adds a balance and depth that is needed. It looks like it coming out of the layout.
Design # 2
The black and blue background is nice, but again it is not very entertaining or engaging. I like the different icons and it says a little bit more about what the website is going to be about but I am still left with a “huh?” expression. From the icons, I know that I am able to click on them but I have no idea what it is going to lead to. The icons, do add more depth to the design. Making the title bigger and with more of an effect brings my eyes right to it. The design looks more like a website because of the very bottom of the design.
Design # 3
This design looks so much more like a website. As a user, I know what exactly what I am getting. I can see from the hot sheet the different articles about the entertainment world. There is a navigation bar that clear to read. There is also a side bar. The site is very neat and easy to navigate. Again, I love the title that is suppose to look like the Hollywood clapper. However, I am not in love with the color. I don’t think it is suppose to be a professional site but a fun and entertaining site, therefore the colors should be a little more warmer. There is a great since of balance especially with the images. Good job on this design.