What I want to investigate in this research post is how other websites display such information or perhaps any general sort of ‘listed’ information to the public to ensure I effectively communicate the intended purpose of this website before I get to carried away with the creative process of sticking it all together and making it look good.
Now, in previous research posts and Work in Progress reports I referred to common ‘list’ websites and to the idea that they are actually a really cool way to give information to viewers in small doses, but still deliver quite weighty information. A website I came across in my research was ListVerse.com (http://listverse.com/), a website that compiles random top 10 lists for the viewer to flick through:
The thing that is so cool about this website is that you could literally go to any dark corner of the internet on a site like this. You could begin looking at the top 10 Insanely Misguided Radio Competitions, and end up somewhere completely different. Unfortunately this is not something I am looking to do, but its a cool concept. The website is very easy to follow and something I find particularly nice about it is the colour scheme and the fact that it is not the standard harsh white-on-black that we seem to have moved away from (thank goodness). It reminds me a lot of the Windows 8 operating system, nice solid colours, no real detail, just good hearty information presented on a plater – no serif ‘foot-sies’, no silly patterns, just good ol’ repetition and nice colour scheming.
Now, if there is a website I really hate the look of, it has to be Buzzfeed. To me, Buzzfeed looks like a smash up of stuff.com and funnyjunk.com, where it is trying to pass over information that is informationally useless in cluttered all over the place way. Too many useless ugly buttons, too many inconsistencies with capitalisation, too many in your face ugly colours and just general bad layout. With BuzzFeed, I wasn’t really sure what half of the buttons even did on the page until I clicked them – its a frustrating website to use and I personally would never use it apart from when someone links a list on Facebook that interests me. I am also not a huge fan of the black on white text, and the neon colours. Yuck… However, BuzzFeed lays out its information in a very clear way and text is kept minimal, it is all about the pictures, which is not really what I am going for but if anything BuzzFeed is a what not to do website.
I really want to love Billboard but I am so on the fence about it. I think the black on white has actually been pulled off really well here, probably due to the amount of white space. It’s just very confusing to me, I see the blue as an accent colour, therefore it should only be used to highlight important aspects, yet it is everywhere.. The colouration is very confusing but the layout makes a lot of sense. There is so much white space! Ahhhhhh! I just don’t know how I feel about it! I’m also very unsure about the choice of font, as well as the fact that there is one font for the title, and then one font for everything else.. There are no real breaks in the website and no obvious ways of pointing out where to look.. I don’t know Billboard, I just don’t know.
I really do love IMDB, even though it is not the best looking website it has a really clear and concise way of dealing with information and giving it to the viewer. Although at first glance IMDB doesn’t give off a lot of information, it is clearly giving off the only information the viewer needs, in the idea that the viewer has come to this page to see the top 250 movies of all time, and is being given that information with a little added extras (rating, year and genres). The information is easy to digest and pretty much exactly what I expected to see, I mean if I had of clicked on this link and saw something like Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Room’ at number one I would have probably clicked off of the page instantly. I guess this is another thing to think about, people will have expectations of what they think deserves to be at number one, and if they see anything that they do not entirely agree with then they will probably stop reading.