Homework for Week 8 – Due Mar 24

News report from 1981 about the Internet


(Enjoy)

Read 

  • Jacob Nielsen’s usability heuristics
    http://www.nngroup.com/articles/ten-usability-heuristics/
  • and Togs’ Interaction design heuristics:
    http://asktog.com/atc/principles-of-interaction-design/

Group Project:

You will be divided into 3 groups. Work with your group to complete the project – a 3 minute presentation comparing site design for major news publishers since they launched their first sites. You will give your presentation in class next week on Mar. 24 when Lillian Thomas and Sharon McGowan join us.

Use http://archive.org/web/ to compare the New York Times, NPR and JSONLINE sites on mobile and desktop – we’ll look at apps in 2 weeks

Get the following screenshots for each site:

  • On desktop every year since they first launched
  • On mobile, currently
  • See if there is a way to compare mobile sites (does way-back machine have mobile sites archived too?)

List of screenshots:

  • Homepage
  • Hub/section landing page
  • Article page or content page
  • Search and search results
  • Major navigation (e.g., the main menu)
  • Sub navigation or section navigation (e.g., navigation within a piece of content or section)
  • Show where ads are located and how they are presented
  • Contact page

Answer these questions:

  • What is the basic structure of the site?
  • Has the structure changed over time?
  • What kinds of content are featured and how has this changed over time?
  • How is navigation handled? How has that changed over time?
  • What major milestones do you notice? Any key turning points?
  • Very important: find media coverage of redesigns for the sites  – what was said about them?

Discuss examples of where the site’s design might exemplify or violate Jacob Nielsen’s usability heuristics
http://www.nngroup.com/articles/ten-usability-heuristics/

and Togs’ Interaction design heuristics:
http://asktog.com/atc/principles-of-interaction-design/

Also refer to composition and typography rules in your discussion. Give your opinions of what is working well/not well.

Create a 3 minute presentation on what you find. You may use any format you want, but you have to show the visuals. Some ideas include using TimelineJS http://timeline.knightlab.com/  Mix it Up https://mixitup.kunkalabs.com/

You will be giving this presentation in class next week when Lillian Thomas and Sharon McGowan visit us.