Web Design Goodies Critique #5
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Web Design Goodies Critique #5Published October 11, 2000 By Joe Burns, Ph.D. Greetings, Fellow Designers
How do your eyes move across a page in a book? Left to right and top to bottom, correct? When you were putting together your Web page, did you take that into account? One design flaw I see often is that the page layout does not allow the eye to do what it wants to do. Today's site is a wonderful site. In fact, it'll help me make a point.
Welcome to The Spirit Quest.
Now the obligatory release statement
Title: The Spirit Quest
http://www.thespiritquest.org Author: Roger (I never did get a last name)
Load Time: 18 Seconds, 57Kbps modem, cleared cache, 9/10/00 4:03 PM
My Screen Size: 1024X768
Browsers Used: Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape Navigator 4.5
One load note--the main page loaded very quickly. Maybe it was just a server burp, but when I tried to go deeper it took forever.
Concept: The Web page itself says it best. Here's a quote: "Welcome to The Spirit Quest. Please join us in sharing poetry, thoughts, stories, essays, spiritual reflection, words of inspiration, Native American lore, mythology, and much more."
Praise: The pages want to convey a sense of calm and peace, a place where someone can come, read, and just become knowledgeable and calm. They do. I especially like the background. The author found a beautiful earth-tone brown with a (I believe) Japanese art-piece repeating down the left-hand border. The site and its content are unpretentious, and I find that refreshing. The text and the style are inviting. I didn't get the feeling that I needed to be a certain way or that I needed to have certain beliefs to read what was contained within. I felt comfortable in the site. That's a hard thing to achieve. I think this site has done it, though.