Appealing, but Accessible?

Transcript:

“Blacknegative is a ‘design’ website, which according to its splash screen is for “telling fascinating stories.”  The website uses a very unconventional navigation system which is not clear upon first glance, using icons unfamiliar to most users in order to tell the user how to progress through the site.  As the user flips through the site, airy musical tones begin playing in the background, which can enhance the experience and elicit certain feelings but can also be quite annoying as the mute button takes 3 or 4 clicks to access if the menu decides to work.  The typefaces used are generally very slim, and when placed on moving backgrounds can make for a difficult reading experience.  The UI is also very small, making menu navigation difficult because the largest elements of the menu aren’t even interactive.  For visually impaired users, the website would likely prove to be near impossible to navigate, and without any subtitles or other accessibility options for deaf users, the site would lose some of its emotional impact.  While Blacknegative might be an aesthetically pleasing audiovisual experience to some, it would seem to be more ideal as a portfolio for certain clients rather than a main website.”

 

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Example of poor legibility of text

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Menu screen vs. actual interactive parts of menu (outlined in red)

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“Today, I will be reviewing blacknegative.com. After looking through this several times, I have concluded that this is probably just a design website. There is no real content. It’s just to explore designs for people to build websites to make them be successful on the internet. This website does not meet any criteria for principle of perceivability. It took me a while, and even now I’m just guessing it’s a design website. I mean, all people have the challenge of just finding out what this website is about. Because here, we have the ‘Fantastic Adventures of George Sock’, while we have financial investments here. So, there’s really no consistency on this website. My recommendation for this website would be add a purpose of what this website is; that way, when people go through it, they’ll know what they’re looking at. And have these [designs] as examples, not just actual pages. And even the menu is an example. I turned the sound off because it was annoying, but if we unmute this, there is some serene music in the background. I would try to say use sound more effectively here. Don’t have this background music, but instead, when you have paragraphs [ex. the purpose of website], just have a voice thing for people who cannot see. I would say that a good thing is how the cursor changes, so that I know I need to slide here, I know I need to click on something, I know I need to exit out of something, so that helps. But other than that, it needs a lot of work.”

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