Design

After listening to guest lecturer Mauvé Page, elements about different websites I tend to visit came to mind; I started to think, do websites I frequently visit follow these same design traits that Mauvé recommended. For starters, I thought about The New York Times, a highly respected news article surrounding all different forms of media, including sports, finance, world affairs, tech and various other topics. One thing that stuck with me after the presentation was the use of different fonts throughout websites. I thought to myself how accurate this was, especially regarding large news outlets covering multiple news forms. Therefore, I went to the Times website and browsed through numerous different articles and concluded that the Times uses the same family of font throughout their website but a separate one for their iconic logo. I believe that this is done well with regards to the website’s layout as it is quite busy with the multiple news stories being highlighted on the home page.

I decided that heading to the sports area of the Times would be informational as I could compare how the layout of this iconic news outlet compared to my own website. On the initial visit, I could see how pictures were utilized compared to an abstract of the different articles. I thought about the decision initially as I wondered how this impacted the user’s experience as it can be overwhelming seeing various pictures from other sports. I came to the conclusion that I agreed with the decision on how it is more beneficial. As a user myself, I am dragged to enticing pictures and headlines rather than reading a short excerpt of an article; some may refer to this as click-baiting the user as the article itself may be different from a misleading title and image.

When reviewing Sports Recap, I thought of these same design elements. I saw that I use a mixture of three fonts, yet the different placement of these fonts I do not believe impacts the user. The use of these fonts is as follows, one is for the logo itself, the other the headers being one font; lastly, all the posts being the same font. The separation between these fonts is suitable, I believe, because of the areas they are placed within. They are all distinct areas within the website; therefore, they are not often looking in these areas.

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