Sunday, November 8, 2009

I Learned Something Today

So the project's done. The URI Surf Club website has been dissected, criticized, trashed and brought back to life in a matter of two weeks. It was a long and trying journey. Students who had never met one another had to come together on a number of ideas and work to achieve the goal of a more improved website. So what's the moral of the story here?

It ain't that hard to make a good website.

I think what we've learned here is that effective site-making, while there is a lot of technicality to it that takes a hell of a long time to learn, is theoretically simple. You need varying sizes of text to effectively emphasize things. You need your color scheme to be aesthetically pleasing and clear. You need a menu that's easy to find and access. And you need to simplify your organizational hierarchy as much as you can. Images, videos, anything else that enhances the site -- that all depends on the subject and the creator. It varies. We're not talking about being spectacular. We're talking about being EFFECTIVE. And sticking to those main points will most likely assure that a site will come off as effective.

Now if the URI Surf Club is halfway intelligent, they'd take a few pointers from our project. But based on their current website design, and the fact that they're surfers, they probably won't do anything to improve it. Goddamn kids...

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