Tuesday, May 4th, 2010...2:01 pm
Web Page Design
I recently read Joyce Valenza’s post about library website for high school. She showed many examples of high school library web pages that display 2.0 tools and other ways to interact with students. While I love the ideas presented, I fear that by adding a high volume of things to a small space on the page we are losing some design aspect and losing our students in the mix.
I do not claim to be a great web designer – I am self taught using the many tutorials available online. Through the years, I have redesigned our site many times and now have the opportunity to design a new library site with opening the new high school.
I have reviewed the Google Eye-Scan test of websites and other documents (see below) to gather information about how to best have a user find information. Although I still feel like I don’t know exactly what I am doing, I have used the information for designing our sites.
That is why I love the libguides site – clean and organized approach to 2.0 tools specific, customized to an assignment. I use our main page to be much more general while the libguides is customized to the assignment.
I do believe in making a site interactive and including 2.0 tools. I just believe that we should be intentional about the placement and design of such tools on the site.
Web Design Principles (Slideshare)