Digital Media- The Interface

For this module, our aim it to set up our own website on our own serverspace, create an online artefact that utilises free
to download blogging or CMS software. All this seems very confusing at first, but over the module we will learn different aspects of creating your own website, as well as learning about the digital world.

To start off the module we were asked to find 3 Photographers’ websites (they might be practitioners you already know, or they might be curated sites). Compare & contrast the sites/interfaces based on:

  • Accessibility
  • Findabilty
  • Usability

http://www.mishkahenner.com/ 

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Mishka Henner’s website its very accessible, with an easy to use menu bar, allowing the users to access what they want with ease. On searching Mishka Henner, the website comes at the top of Google search list and so finding it is easy, as well as the web domain itself being simple and easy to remember. Overall I feel this interface is strong as it is not over complicated while offering the user a range of options for use.

http://www.paulgaffneyphotography.com/

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Like Mishka Henner, Paul Gaffney’s website is of a very simple design; it is easy for the user to navigate around the site using the menu bar offered, allowing easy access to whichever part of the website. The slide show style front page allows the user to flick through some of Gaffney’s work without having to leave the home page. Again like Henner, the domain name is simple and easy to remember.

http://www.mariotestino.com/

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Mario Testino’s website can be seen as a bit more busy, with changing backgrounds on the home page allowing an eye catching website. However, having said that, the accessibility and usability are still good, with a menu bar along the top and drop down menus from that, it is easy to get to a specific location within the website. Once again like both previous photographers, the website domain is easy and simple to remember.

I found it interesting to compare different photographers’ websites as I could begin to think what I would want in my own website. I feel that by looking at the website domains, it is important to have a simple domain, that is easy to remember at this would mean my website would be easier to find.

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