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Vis comm - elastic mind site review

  1. 1. Review of Website: Design and the Elastic Mind Visual Communications. Assignment Week 1 http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2008/elasticmind/index.html
  2. 2. 1. Idea • The primary idea is to allow all information to present with equal importance and thereby allow viewers to choose their own route through the information
  3. 3. 2. Support the Idea • All text same color and weight • Random, illustrated highlights show up • Information Overload - Site seems to go on an on in both horizontal and vertical
  4. 4. 3. Use Only Two Type Families
  5. 5. 4. Color and Images for a Reason • The mute color palate serves to give all content equal weight -- not directing view • Images pop up from all over the place and even partially off screen encouraging viewer to wander
  6. 6. 5. Make Negative Space Part of Design • Negative space is seriously lacking • But this serves to enhance the feeling of ‘abundance of Info’
  7. 7. 6. Communicate -- Tell it Like it Is • In this case I think Less Is Not More
  8. 8. 7. Establish Hierarchy • Hierarchy is established only by layout -- title at top, individual bits of information at the bottom • Categories do serve as important middle level of information organization • Multiple different tracks to information • categories, pop-ups, connection links
  9. 9. 8. Justification • Justification is left everywhere. • One mistake is the small arrow icons at top right of each box. They throw justification off, further crowd page and aren’t even links (would be cool if they were collapse buttons)
  10. 10. 9. Work with Grid
  11. 11. 10. Make Interface Intuitive • A visit to the site is like a visit to the museum. Meandering is encouraged
  12. 12. Some Criticism • No horizontal scroll (on-screen buttons not fixed -- confusing) • Information overload -- Users never feel they have seen the whole site • a bit of a strain on the eyes to read the text • pictures are often confusing

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