A couple of weeks ago someone posted a request on a higher education listserv… Could anyone recommend a firm to create a website design that would “blow the doors off” other university sites?
- Dates on the left — what are they for? What will happen if I click? What does ‘Now’ mean?
- What does the clock icon in the top right mean? Nothing happens on roll over. (You have to click the clock to get inside.)
- There is a line stating ‘What do you want to see?’ just before the banner with a close symbol far right. No indication of what to do with this feature or how to get it to help me specify what I want to see.
- The ‘Everything Directory’ looks like a dirty magnet but there is no menu associated with it. It’s really an A-Z index — why not call it what it is?
- Huge amount of real estate is taken up with a picture that does not help me with any task but pushes potentially valuable links below the fold to the point where the website has to tell me to scroll down. That effectively says ignore the top stuff and scroll to the stuff that might be useful.
- It invites me to Customize this homepage but there is no link to let me do that.
- It is not clear why some of the rectangles at the bottom of the page look like they are greyed out or inactive and why others are highlighted and say ON. When I click one of the greyed items it says it is changing page content but all that seems to change is that the indicator changes to ON. What is the purpose of this? How do you actually get to this content that they asked me to scroll down to?
- If I click on something of interest, like ‘Learning at Bucknell,’ it simply removes that option unless I close the confusing customization part.
- If I finally figure out how to get to some content, I have to both scroll vertically and horizontally and it is not clear what I will get if I ask to print the page.”
June 25-27, Orange County, CA: “Building a Strategy Recruitment Communication Plan,” sponsored by Academic Impressions. Review the agenda and register.