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I first started my 5-second-test with the blog THE HEAVY MENTAL

it’s beautifully organized. categories on top, cool interactive header, information at the bottom. no search box, but it engages the user to flip through the pages to see what they have to offer. neat and tidy.

A successful homepage would be VICE, my only complaint is that it’s sort of cluttered with the advertisements. everything is organized, and lets the user explore content that they might have normally ignored.

Another being THE ATLANTIC. Everything is organized at the top, when you skim over a category, it shows recent articles that you can jump right into. I don’t really like that it has TONS of content on the homepage, I guess that’s the age we live in, though. If it’s a reliable news source, they need to show they have the most content to immerse yourself in…even from the home page.

Some unsuccessful sites would be:

Surprise. It’s MySpace. At first glance, you go to the site and what do you think? No seriously…I want to know what you think, because I have no idea what this site is. A blend of music, celebrity-TMZ’ing, social network? It turns me off and makes me want to go somewhere else. It could use a lot more direction as to where you can go, and what the site’s meant to be used as.

Zinc Bistro. It already starts off bad with annoying music, the header looks clickable, but it’s just a picture. it took me a while to figure out that the eggs in the middle were the navigation yolks…they need to add the navigation to the top, lose the eggs, because this design is just rotten.

Every day we open up our browsers, we are the captains of our own cyber-ship. It’s up to us where we decide to set voyage on, and where we must drop an anchor and hang out for a bit. The web is filled with nearly anything you could possible imagine, so you need to know how to diversify yourself from Coors and Bud Light’s of the internet.

When it comes to web design, you are constantly figuring out what is going to look the best among the rest. Should the caption font be 9px or .2 em? Is this a good font for the site? Are there too many fonts? The list goes on and on, but at the end of the day, who are you designing for make the most impact.

We can’t all be building websites that billions of people are going to utilities and someday be more addicted to than the air they breathe. But we can design for a diverse group of people and get our message across in a fashionable way that sets us apart from the rest.

The web is evolving, and so are people’s minds when it comes to how they intend on experiencing the internet.