Web design critique: www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/bangkok

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Web designers are faced with serious responsibility to ensure that web design of international school in Bangkok demonstrates professionalism and integrity. Many of today’s best web designs are optimized for social media and mobile because these are the tools that are usually used when searching for international schools. The website must be viewed clearly no matter the screen size of the device.

First impression

The first thing that you will notice in the school website is the clarity of the images used. According to studies, websites are judged within a few seconds and the use of quality images can influence a user to stay longer on the site. Instead of an introductory video that is typically used to gain user attention, web design made use of a slider that shows people in action. The plethora of text does not overwhelm a visitor because it is organized and visually attractive. In matter of seconds, a visitor can immediately determine that this is school website, no question about that.

Navigation

Today’s users expect to scroll and they do not want overly condensed content. Web design encourages the user to continue browsing the page because it promises more useful information. The standard navigation menu is used because most users are already familiar with the style. It is safe to say that most web designers prefer to use the horizontal navigation bar with simple words and phrases on the links to facilitate content browsing. It is better to be safe than err on the side of caution.

Content

It is pretty common for web design to use a blue and white colour scheme because it cultivates trust. Blue and white combination works perfectly for school websites because it speaks of professionalism not to mention that it is easy on the eyes. Meanwhile, web design provides a library of information without being cluttered. The generous use of white background makes text easier to read and understand. The use of Google map is an effective strategy because it provides the user with an idea on the location of the school and nearby landmarks. Besides looking great, the website also works well on mobile devices.

 

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Web Design Critique: Games-Cheap.net

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With a name like Games-Cheap.net, it’d be hard to mistake it as anything other than a place to buy cheap games on the internet. A straightforward name, with an equally straightforward site; one that wastes no time letting visitors get to what they want:games.

First off, the header gives all the information that people want: Currency options (though there are only two of them), Game Categories, Sale Offers, Visitors Wishlist, Contact Info and Privacy Policy. There is, however, a notable lack of Log In or Account options. Fairly strange for a cheap games sales site, especially since the sites it lists as cooperating with, PSNGames, Green Man Gaming, etc. all have log in options.

The site features a black, orange and white color scheme, with white text on black backgrounds, while the highlighted information, like the prices of the games themselves, are marked with orange text. It helps them stand out. In terms of visual presentation, the site does well, even if it does come across as somewhat bland at times.

Another thing worth noting is that all the games noted are always marked by the word “Cheap”. It feels somewhat redundant at times, as the whole site markets itself as a cheap games retailer; there isn’t really a point in marking every category as “Cheap (Genre)”.

If a visitor clicks on a game, they’ll be taken to a page describing the game itself, which compares prices, as well as showing the trailer of the game itself. This is great marketing, as it lets people see what the cheap games are like, giving them an idea of what they might be buying. A smart option, though one that could be served better with gameplay videos and screenshots, as trailers do have a tendency to obscure key information, if not outright lie. A good example of this issue is with the site’s page for XCOM 2, a November 2016 release. It’s not hard to find another video, one with gameplay, to show off the product.

When it comes categories, the games and products listed fall under the following: Action, Adventure, First Person Shooter (FPS),Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), Prepaid Game Cards, Racing, Role Playing, Simulation, Software CD & License Keys, Sport, Strategy. The selection’s a little lacking, missing out Fighting games, among other things.

There’s also some issue with the written content.  Typos aren’t too common, but they’re still too many to not be noted, especially since some of them involve the titles of the games themselves; for example, it’s Project CARS 2 (listed as Project cars 2), and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (the subtitle is listed on the site in lowercase).

Speaking of The New Colossus, it’s erroneously listed under the MMORPG category, which it most certainly isn’t. This is an egregious error, given that no Wolfenstein title has ever been an MMORPG; they’ve primarily been narrative-heavy first person shooters.

All in all, the site has good visual presentation, with a clean, clear scheme, though the text, the information, and the additional content and information could very much use some streamlining.

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Web Design Critique: Memorial Urns Australia

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“Keeping memories alive forever”, is the motto of Memorial Urns Australia, presented in powder blue text in its header. Powder blue is a fairly uncommon colour to use for a company’s website, but then most websites don’t handle death care.

In the home page, immediately following the header are a slideshow of the company’s products, accompanied by a succinct description, informing visitors of the site of things that might appeal to them. Phrases like ‘Individually crafted and finished by hand’ and ‘Buy with confidence. No questions asked’, accompanied by a Money Back Guarantee, which is certainly very useful for anyone visiting the site; even without bothering to scroll too much, a visitor can decide whether they’re interested in the company’s services.

The choice of colour is somewhat unusual; powder blue with dark brown. Unusual in the sense that these colours are rarely chosen, not in that they’re ineffective. Indeed, they present a soft, welcoming feeling for the site, overall, which is a smart choice when designing a web site for death care and selling cremation urns and the like.

Now, the menu bar has the standard features that one would expect from a menu bar for a site that offers purchasing, Login, Shopping Cart, that sort of thing. There are only 5 links to pages in the site’s the navigation tab; Home, Shop, About Us, FAQs, and Contact Us, made all the more noticeable thanks to the fact that, despite the link to the Shop having an arrow denoting a drop-down menu right next to it, suggesting that one could access the specific categories of the cremation urns shop from the navigation bar, whereas, in fact, no such option exists.

The site also has minimal use of text, which makes it feel rather barebones, to the point that the About Us page amounts to 5 paragraphs of text, all no longer than 3 sentences each. Expect to do minimal reading when visiting the site. Another thing worth noticing is that there are issues with displaying the icons for payment options in the FAQs page, caused by an Internal Server Error, which leads to Mozilla Firefox outright refusing to load even the placeholder icon for broken images.

This is a bit of a shame as, in other pages, the site makes excellent use of images, with pictures of their available cremation urns even having a little heart icon that pops up when one mouses over them, allowing the urns to be added to the wishlist, if so desired.

The site, overall, makes great use of visual aids, with good presentation and a welcoming choice of colour, though that feels as if it comes at the expense of everything else, as the other pages that don’t use images a lot are quite lacking.

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Web Design Critique: Khao Lak Scuba Adventures

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This website is owned by a dive center in that offers the best liveaboard diving in Thailand along with diving courses. They are certified with a PADI five-star and offers diving trips from Khao Lak going to Similan Islands and Surin Island which are all considered marine national parks. Today we are going to critique its website.

Image sizes. Looking at the homepage alone, there are at least five different image sizes used all throughout from the header to the bottom of the page. The header and the bottom images have the same size which covers the entire width of the site. It is best to consider uniformity with the image sizes because it helps improve the performance of the website and it impacts the experience of the user as well. For a site with a responsive design, it is important to set the image in the required maximum width.

Content Order. The order of the contents is very important especially in a mobile responsive website. The contents are arranged differently than viewing in a desktop because the screen is smaller. With Khao Lak Scuba Adventu

res website, the placement of the embedded social media site, TripAdvisor rating and customer reviews should be reconsidered. This will create a gap and might disrupt the flow of the website when viewed on mobile. It is also intended to be placed at the bottom of the page as affirmation of the website’s effectiveness and not before the offers and packages have been laid out to the users.

Loading. Despite the large images used for the header and the bottom of the page, the page loads pretty fast. All images and videos loaded properly and no links or videos appeared to be broken.

Fonts. There are quite a few fonts used all throughout the website. The choice of font for the titles is also not very professional looking thus it should be reconsidered.

Colours. The colours used on the website of the best liveaboard diving in Thailand are consistent to that of the colours of the logo in the exception of the announcement which is in red to capture the reader’s attention right away.

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Web Design Critique: Amber Tiles AU

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“Amber has the answer”, is the motto of Amber Tiles AU, which it features across the company logo, both of which feature bold orange colours at the top of the page which pop from the site’s white background. It’s certainly good at grabbing attention, which condenses what the site does quite well.

The logo and the motto are located on the menu bar, which contains all the links and bits that you would expect from such a thing; home page, about us, offers, products, promos, contact information, that sort of thing. Located at the very top, even higher than the title and motto, are the search bar and the favourites page, which is convenient for anyone looking for floor tiles for sale or whatever it is they want.

Immediately after this, are the image links to its latest products and offerings, also featuring the bold orange colour scheme that the site loves. The slideshow, while nice, does feel a little too fast at times, moving through the options in just a few seconds.

This use of visual aids is prevalent throughout the site, with a lot of images and links that add a splash of colour to the site, which is good as the background is plain white, throughout its entirety. The images are nice and welcoming, but they tend to be empty, lacking any people in them, and a human element. On top of that, the site’s images on the products page. Yes, the image tells you which link leads to the floor tiles for sale, but the white text can be hard to make out.

As mentioned before, the site’s background is white all the way, which gives it that neat look, which doesn’t take away from all of its visual aids. However, the dropdown menus and some of the text isn’t black, it’s a dark shade of grey, and they’re also rather lacking in size and presence, which can be problematic. This is best seen at the bottom of every page, which have more links. They’re a lighter shade of grey than the usual content.

Overall, the site uses visual aids quite well, though the tones and hues used are lacking in contrast, which gives a feel of being overly invested in the images and the like.

 

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Web Design Critique:  www.orchidthailand.com

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If you need flowers for any occasion or event, there are orchid suppliers in Thailand that specialize in exporting high quality cut orchids and other flowers around the world. There are more than 150 different species of orchids exporters in Thailand including other tropical flowers. There will always be a flower that will complement your event décor and color theme.

First impression

Like other web designs, the interactive slider at the landing page was created to immediately gain the attention of a visitor. There is no mistake that the website is about flowers because they are highlighted in the slider When the visitor clicks on begin, he is exposed to wide range of information on the orchids of Thailand from its history to the way the flowers are cultivated. The web designer used a generous amount of white space to make the page look neat and easy to read. The web designer also made use of effective marketing strategies like blogs that provides visitors with the information they seek.

Navigation

Aside from the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page, there is another navigation bar when you scroll down. However, the information tips located on the navigation bar below the page does not work. It simply shows a message that the page cannot be found. However, the same link found at navigation bar on the top of the page works well to provide information to foreign buyers. Nevertheless, navigation is simple and user friendly and can be easily followed by a visitor.

Content

The volume of content that this website contains sets it apart from others. Content can easily generate leads and conversions because it looks like there was a proper market research. Content is clear, relevant and keyword-rich to deliver a message with conviction. Web design also followed the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. People that hardly have enough time to read can process content through the beautiful images of flowers. The way that the website is designed reinforces the brand and helps customers make a purchasing decision with confidence. It is more than just an appealing website; it provides the content that buyers of flowers look for.

 

 

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