I have decided on this website for many reasons. Reason #1, I love mythological creatures; I am fascinated by them. Reason #2, the aesthetics of the site, it brings a mystery mood to it. I love this website.
Analyzing this website and comparing it with Mauve Pagé’s best practices, I want to describe what works for me and what does not.
The first practice that she discussed was “balance,” which dictates the equilibrium of the website, at first glance, my eyes stop at the heading, which contains the featured image for each post. Scrolling down past the heading, while presenting the social media and the featured post, the white space is symmetrical, and it gives a delicate balance to the overall main page. Although clicking into the menus, the balance it is not proportioned, I will instead put some white space between the posts. And clicking into the posts, the white balance gives a centralized image, which is quite lovely.
For the second element, “Rythm,” which dictates the flow of the posts through creating movement. For this website, there are arrows on each post to go to the next post, which is convenient because it follows the scroll bar. Other than that, the website is the same; after going through the first menu, the rest is the same.
The third element is “Proportion,” which emphasizes the symmetry through proportioning the images with the text. On this website, I am not a big fan of proportion, as being a website that relies on text and image equally, I feel that is plain. It does not feel symmetric; it feels like a block of text and then a chunk of the picture.
The fourth element, “Contrast.” On the website, the letter combination is right, it is legible, and it is easy on the eyes. Although retaking proportion, there are not elements that ‘fight’ to take my attention, there is no contrast, other than the images.
Last element, “Unity,” which is the combination of the elements working together, and the harmony of the design on the whole website. Overall, it is a helpful website, but comparing to other blogs, I feel like this website needs a little work, especially in contrast and proportion. Going through the post gets a little bit plain, which can lose focus easier. The combination of images is quite lovely, mainly that they use them to show and portrait the creature.
Talking about the fonts, I prefer sans-serif fonts; it is easier to read and, depending on the topic, sets the right tone. This website about mythological creatures, and if they decide to use a serif, it will give a more formal website, which takes away the fun and imagination of the overall site.