See what Kristi Posson has has going on in her aptly named Sights and Sites blog. Also, Lee has a great site about simple, college food. And Daniella has a cleverly named called Tasty Politics, bringing you all the scoop in world news and food.
Check out the funny wit of Matt Cretul in “the Cretul Seats“. Also check out the awesome Milani Beadrault;s sports extrvaganza. Fianlly look at Amber’s End Zone blog to get latest on all things Gators.
Tommorrow I will be in tampa to take in a little NCAA basketball tournament action. the mighty Gators will the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara at 6:50 at the St. Pete Times Forum. This will be the first NCAA action for me in person since the 2007 Natioanl Champioonship game in Atlanta.
Yes, there is in fact umpire boot camp. These umpires undergo exstensive training to reach their thier goal making of “The Show.”
The worlds number player in the world, Tiuger Woods, fell in the first round to Tomas Bjorn of Denmark at the World Golf Championships Match Play Event in Arizona. How far the mighty have fallen. Also , Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer cruised to victory in the event. ALso in the golfing world, thew rest of the PGA Tour is in Mexico for atournament. Be sure to catch my friend, Bobby Gates in action.
The Gators are 9-2 in the SEC and survived a close Tennessee. This iis why I love college basketball.
After reading Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug, I feel that I can now understand what it takes to build a website to make it usable to the public. After reading just a few chapters in this book, I began to look at website usability. I learned that their doesn’t need to be much writing on pages becuae people don’t usualy look at the page, they just scan it. If they are looking for the word “shoes” they focus in onh that word until they find it on the webpage. When people design webages they think a user will look for the best option-instead they look fo rthe dfirst option.The word Mr. krug used was “satisficising”, a cross bewtwen sacrifice and satisfying.
AN intersting point made by Krug is that of web page design and creating visual hierarchies. This is helpful when searching for something that you want. If you have sections divided into sub-sections then it make it easier on the user to finfd what they are looking for. I also beleive that the author was righ t on about the use of search boxes. Each
box almost always is entitiled something other search-like quick search or keyword search. I feel this is unecessary and does not need to be included when searching for something basic.
ANother interseting concept ios tabs. Tabs are great for organizing your webpage. The about.com website has a you are here tab that helps you navigtae ypur way around the site. Each level has a < sign in between to help readers follow along. This is a very novel idea.
As Krug says, having a homepage is a great idea. It helps with navigation. The homepage has a lot of stuff it needs to adress but Krug says thtis can be done simply and succinctlyu. On the concept of space he beleives that you as thepage designer should use as much space as necessary but don't use any more space than neccessary. In doing so, keep it short and to the point. Also when designing a good homepage, use creative color schemes and taglines. Using taglines that are personable, lively, and clever are perfect for web design. ALso keep them between six and eight words.
ALso make the homepage stand out from the other pages.
Finally, when ou are desgiining a wbe page do a usability test on four people to detemine if for page is ready to be launched.
In closing, I feel that this book has helped me in designing a good webpage or blog-for that matter. I believe this book is very user-friendly in the way Steve Krug designed it. I feel that web designer shoiuld pick up this book if they want to avoid the hassle of constnaalty re-doing their website.