My favorite website is Popjustice.com. It is a website for news, music, and culture all surrounding the UK music scene. I primarily visit this site for new music recommendations and reviews. The layout features a pink header at the top which bears the logo for the site. The main feature of the site is their weekly "New Music Friday" article which is positioned as the largest image and blog post. These "New Music Friday" articles most likely get the most hits because they contain a short review of all of the British pop songs that have come out over the course of that week and gives them a short review. Above the feature article and just below the logo, there is a menu bar that shows all of the different types of articles included on the site, The Briefing, News, Music, Vids, Interviews etc, and Forum. This website serves many purposes besides news, but only really hardcore music fans will want to participate in the forum. The articles begin on the left side of the site with a substantial border and continue toward the middle. There is always a right hand side bar on every page of the website reminding visitors of their list of the best albums of the year and other options like a mailing list. The contrast on this website is primarily achieved by the black text on a white background, but the site also includes elements of pink for further visual interest. Some of the text in the headlines and paragraph headers appears in pink for further emphasis. The site is aligned along the space used for the major article space, with every other link seemingly optional. Popjustice does a good job of grouping the interests of readers together. Similar songs and articles of interest appear along the sidebar to entice readers to visit different pages on the site. The padding and the margin of the site make it more easily readable. Overall, I think this website is well presented in terms of formatting. It presents its information in a concise manner and maintains enough white space so that it is not overwhelming.
I chose to inspect Google Play Music's site for this activity. The sight is minimal in organization and background color. The theme for Google Play Music that distinguishes it from Google Play Movies/Books/etc. is the color orange. Important links, prices for music, and the logo are all orange while the rest of the background is white and grey. This kind of calls back to the reading we did earlier in class where a piece of advice was to use a grey color for the font instead of black to make it easier on the eyes to read. Album and single cover art are largely displayed on the page with the titles, artist, and price located directly below the art. The user can navigate to their library or the store on the left tab and, while in the store, can navigate to the top charts and new releases in the top tabs. There is also a genre filter located next to the top tabs. Account settings are located in the bottom left corner. The left tabs and account settings stay where they are if the user tries to scroll down the page to look at different songs. Bringing your cursor over to the album cover art causes it to darken in hue and bringing it over to the title or artist causes the text to underline indicating a hyperlink.
Hello my name is Eli Lambiotte, I am a second year student living in Pennsylvania (now Irvis I guess) Hall. I'm an English Writing major who is also working towards the Digital Media Certificate. I'm from Punxsutawney, PA and I like drawing, writing, photography, and music.