What makes a good website? This question has been on my mind a lot as I begin planning my own website. I’ve found three very different websites that I would like to compare and contrast today to get at what really does make a good website. Ready? Let’s go.
I found this televsion jack-of-all-trade’s portfolio site while sifting through some of the portfolios of people in my field. What I like most about his website is his clean, easy to follow layout. I like that he breaks down his info into a bit about him, why an employer should choose him and what he finds most important about projects: the idea. I also like that this information is right up front and that he flat-out asks for the job that a prospective customer might be researching for.
His portfolio layout is very interesting. With all the sub-heads and the way the tiles transition, I think he has found a way to show his wealth and range of work without making his portfolio overwhelming. I don’t really like the grey-on-grey color scheme, and his blog could use a bit of work, but he has seemed to master the art of showing personality while maintaining professionalism and overall I think it is a good site.
I’ve chosen this nontraditional news site because there is something incredibly addictive about it. Every time I happen to end up on Buzzfeed time mysteriously disappears. The greatest strengths of Buzzfeed are probably its white background with black text and simple fonts and its ease of click-through. Perhaps it is the fluff content or the catchy headlines. Buzzfeed certainly knows how to keep me stuck on their site.
This website is the portfolio website of my current Photojournalism professor. I’m not trying gain brownie points by pointing to it as a good website, really, (he doesn’t even know about this blog). I simply really like the way he lays out his site. The white backgound is simple and elegant. I like the mix of his signature with the sans serif modern font for the rest his titles. I think the layout is well done, it is easy to see his work and easy to find his contact information.