Good web design examples
I think that the Sky News website has a good design compared to other news sites as it has a minimalistic feel and does not bombard you with a whole load of news stories at once. This can be off-putting to a lot of people, especially if advertisements are mixed in, making it difficult for people to see what is news and what is an advert. Instead it has the top stories at the top (logical) and the more focused stories as you scroll further down. This means people who want to have a quick glance at the main headlines can find what they are after instantly.
Further down the page, you can find the ‘most read’ pages. This allows their users to find out what other people are interested in and what is popular in the news today.
Another feature I like is that the big red button at the top makes it very obvious for users to know where to go if they want to watch their live news channel. The navigation bar at the top also enables users to find the type of news they are interested in with ease e.g. technology, politics etc. An option I really like on here is the ‘offbeat’ section. This presents the user with news stories that are either unusual or comical (for example, an alpaca invading a football pitch in Yorkshire, or a man using a snake as a face mask) – a good note for visitors to finish on as a lot of news stories can be difficult and upsetting.
Another website I like is YouTube. This is because it makes it really easy for you to discover videos that interest you. At the very top is a large search bar which makes it really easy for users to find exactly what they are looking for. Once you are watching a video, on the right-hand side is a sizable list of closely-related videos that may also interest you. The website also does a good job of developing a sense of community between its viewers because it’s so easy to subscribe to the video creator’s channel (big red button again). There is also a description box for them to explain more about the video and a comments section below for discussion. It’s also useful that YouTube records the number of views each video gets as it allows people to see which videos are popular and therefore which ones may be more useful to watch than others. On the left hand side is a useful toolbar for you to browse videos by category, what’s trending, see what new videos their subscribers have posted or see their history of watched videos or personal playlists. All of which make it really easy for the user to navigate the website and discover new things, visit their favourite videos and stay up-to-date with channels they like.
The third website I have chosen is a recipe website called Minimalist Baker. There are a lot of recipe websites online but I think this one is especially good because, first, like its name, it has a minimalist feel which gives it an uncluttered look and therefore makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Complying with tradition, there is a search bar at the top so people can find what they are looking for quickly.
But for those who want to browse, the newest recipes can be found at the top. The icons beneath the recipe photos are useful because they allow visitors to decide from here whether a recipe will be suitable for them (e.g. gluten-free) without having to actually click on the link to view the recipe. I think including the most popular recipes is a good idea because visitors will be able to find out what a lot of other people like, and hopefully find a new recipe that they really enjoy too.
The recipes are also organised into categories further down, which makes looking for a suitable recipe (e.g. for a dinner) quicker, rather than browsing through all the recipes which would include breakfasts and desserts.