Info Architecture: Portfolio Sites

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http://madebyfieldwork.com/

This website stood out to me because of its unique characteristics. Viewers can see what music they are currently listening to and a list of their favorite things. One of their projects included sketches and a description from beginning to final piece. I am also a fan of the landing page having a quick statement about themselves.

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https://simon.works/

I like this portfolio website because of the simplicity. The navigation was easy to use and I was able to find everything I was looking for (biography, work samples, contact info). I think this style was successful for this designer because the minimalism is reflected in their work.

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http://method.digital/

I chose this site because of the unique scrolling effects. At some times they are a little over the top, but not so much that it distracts from the actual content. The complex website clearly shows their attention to detail and web design skills.

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http://studiobjork.com/

This website is an example of one I do not like. I am unable to find any samples of work, or navigate past the home page for that matter. Their website is very interesting but I would like to see some work samples if I were a potential client.

User Experience: Website Users

The website I evaluated for this exercise was when2meet.com. I chose this site because I hadn’t heard of it/used it before.

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The first thing that caught my eye on this page is the red calendar object. From there, I read the header “New Event Name” and the “What times might work?” text. Without any other prompts or clear instructions, I was confused on the website functions. I selected a range of dates from the calendar, made an event name, and created the event. From there, I input my name and was taken to this screen:

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This screen was overwhelming and confusing! Eventually after messing around on the graphs, I figured out how the toggles work and how to add my “availability” for this potential meeting. I can invite others to add their availability via email, facebook, or hyperlink. When others add data to the calendar, it appears on the right.

As a first time user, I would have benefitted from some initial instruction or overview. Under the “About When2meet” tab lists information and a video tutorial. The simplicity of the website is appreciated for the complicated information, but was hard to navigate. I can see how a function like this could be useful, but seems complicated for a group of people to understand efficiently.