Week 1

Usability and accessibility. When it comes to designing a website, those two aspects are key. How do people access content and how usable is it?

This has changed over recent years. The rise of smartphones and tablets has meant that more and more people are becoming producers of content, as well as the audience. This can be seen happening everywhere and especially on news websites. Due to more people accessing information on their phones, some organisations are creating responsive websites that change automatically depending on what device they are viewed though. This also for smooth usage over a variety of platforms.

It fit nicely with this article from Wired – The Web is dead. Long live the Internet. Now, it is about getting information faster, with less searching. Apps allow this, while web browsers slow you down.

To get across the point about usability and accessibility, we looked at a variety of websites from the previous years students. I landed Backing British, which actually won the NUJ award. I really liked the sites layout and was thinking about using panels for mine. This has reaffirmed that. However, a few issues did come up, not just on this site, but across the board.

Banners: What does it say about the site? Does it clearly show? Can I read it?

Content: How much is there? What is it? Does it fit with the site?

Social media: Is it there? How was it used? What is its purpose?

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