Monthly Archives: October 2012

Using Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think to sort through my blog and say if its effective so far or not…

Use of Media: Images: provides images and other media? There are some pictures on posts on my blog but there definitely should be more to draw and keep the viewers attention. It brings color and interest to the blog. Other media like videos and other things are not included at all.

Site: If mentioning a site: provides link/screenshot/logo of site? Blog 5 is the only example of a post where the mention of another site exists and yes there are links added to it. One is active and the other two or not so in order for the usability to be effective the links would have to be click-able. A photo, screenshot, or logo would also greatly benefit my blog, adding to its appeal and interest.

Video: If mentioning a video, embeds video? There are no videos so far on this blog

Links/urls: If mentioning a link, provides url? Links and urls are included. Like I stated earlier, in the one post only one of the 3 urls are actually click-able links. To pass a usability test one of the first things it to have accessible, easy links to make the user not have to think at all.

Citations: If mentioning a blog/blogger, provide trackback? So far, no “mention” of another blogger except for the reblogs of the sports things I like in which the trackback is provided because it says on the post who wrote it and what blog its from.

Scan-ability:Is the text in large intimidating chunks or is it scannable/skimmable? Are long entries divided with subtitles or images? (22-23) The text of my blog posts are not intimidating or long instead they are small paragraphs that I believe to be scannable and still able to get the gist of what I am saying. The long entries are not divided with subtitles or images which would definitely add to the interest value of it along with its skimmability since people are always in a hurry no one wants to sit and read through long paragraphs without the break of something interesting.

Design: Does the overall design work for the site? (123-129) What strikes you about the site? (150) The first thing that strikes me about my blog is the colors! I really like them but that’s just my opinion, other people might find the colors really annoying. Another things I notice are the calendar dates next to each post title and the boldness of the texts.

Text/font: Is the text font, size, color clear and readable?

Color: Is the use of color distracting? Complimentary? (165) The green text at the top does not really match the site at all and can be actually distracting. The Other colors are very simple and complimentary I think, like the blacks and grays of the text and links. It also makes it simple and organized.

Noise: Busyness? (38, 183-184) Is there too much going on? Can it be minimized? Background noise? (38-39) Can it be minimized? There is no noise

Do entries contain needless words? (45-49) Some of the posts on my blog have the tight simple approach and make it easy to read for the users but then there are some posts that rant and contain these needless words.

Is site navigation obvious? (54-63) Does it rely on conventions? (51, 54-63) Yes, it is very obvious.

Blog Title and Tagline: is tagline descriptive or engaging? (14, 101- 106) This is another area my blog can greatly be improved, the titles and taglines are informative for sure but they are boring and not descriptive or engaging at all. If I was a passing by viewer that’s probably what my biggest complaint of my blog would be.

About Section: Is the blog concept clear? (101, 144 & 156) Do you understand the purpose of the site, do you “Get it?” Please see “happy talk” section, too. (46) I think its very obvious and clear that this is a blog post for a class and in which I am learning about communicating and ways to better tell stories and use sites. There is not other clear concept other than that or that I am interested in sports. The purpose is to become familiar with blogging and to learn the the best ways to reach users of websites and readers of stories. I don’t thinks “happy talk” is evident, I don’t ever write to just make the viewer happy or say what they want to hear. I instead, try to answer the questions of the assignments as well as I can and as honestly about myself as I can.

Structure/Organization: Amateurish vs. Professional: (Is the site sloppy or neat and clear? Disorganized or organized? Professional or unprofessional?(165 166) The blog is organized and concise, it could be cleaned up with color choice and better titles.

Accessibility: Is appropriate “alt text” added to every image? (179) Appropriate “alt text” needs to be added to the images to attribute them. According to Krug, readers should ignore them but it also adds descriptive text.

Blog #6: Don’t Make Me Think Analysis


Three Things SF Giants Need For NLCS Game 6

I normally really hate the Giants but I really like Hunter Pence and think he deserves to win.

CBS Sacramento

By Claire Reclosado-Baclay

As the San Francisco Giants enter Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, both teams feel the urgency to produce a win. Suddenly, the Giants had the momentum sway to their side as Barry Zito pitched a masterful game for his team, while the Cardinals know that they are just one win away from the World Series.

San Francisco has been in this situation before. With their backs against the wall, they historically came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the best-of-five National League Division Series and advance to the NLCS.

Needing to win two games before the Cardinals win one, the Giants are ready for the task.

In this best-of-seven NLCS, the Giants need to keep playing hard and taking advantage of St. Louis’ mistakes.

Vogelsong and  #RallyEnchiladas

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Blog #5 Non- profit websites and Usability

A usability test reviews how a websites convenience and accessibility can be improved for the user.

The Volunteer Opportunities website can definitely benefit from a usability test because I found the website to be a little overwhelming and confusing. There is a lot going on in it and it sometimes is not clear as to what can and should be clicked on. The bright colors work to grab your attention but other than that there is far too much going on a user will move on. A usability test will tell them ways to improve the convenience and accessibility of its links and the straightforwardness of the directions.

The Philadelphia Mutter Museum is a non-profit organization and they indeed have a website. Obviously since their website is about their museum and wanting to attract people to it it has a lot more description in their write-ups. They set apart their links well by bolding them and putting them in brighter colors. They have more ads then usual probably because its non-profit website so they need sponsors. A usability test would definitely benefit them and improve their site. It would tighten up their descriptions and background on the museum as well as make it more pleasing to the eye.

National Constitutional Convention “Welcome to the National Constitution Center, a hands-on museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.” Their website in my opinion is excellent. Its bright, pleasing to the eye, bolded, things jump out at you to click on. Users of this website must love it because it is nice to look at and decently easy to sort through and find where you want to go. It is slightly confusing in the middle of the website the focal point is the large conveyer belt of images that are links. They have nice pictures and have captions on them but I found them a little confusing. A usability test would indeed help this website tie up loose ends and tighten up link clarity.

Blog #4

To be completed.

Blog #3 Craft of Story Telling

Story telling along with the obvious details of character development and plot development, should impact the viewer or audience in some way. If you tell the story of September 11, 2001 that is obviously going to have a huge impact on people because it was such a traumatic event in our country. In Avery Moore’s story “Powered by Laughter” she impacted the audience by being relate able, pure, and upbeat. Most people should be inspired by her laughter-is-necessary-for-survival view on life. Everyone loves to laugh and enjoy themselves. She told the story in the way it would relate to people and they would care for her and they story.

In the “Hot Lunch story” the same can be said. It is a very relate able story because everyone at some point went to high school and experienced what a cafeteria was like. In effect, the audience grew to care for Adrey Dilling.

It doesn’t matter what the story is that you are telling if you craft it and present it in a way in which it reaches people it will be a successful story.