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March 12, 2007


We are redesigning the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory web site. I think that accessibility using css for our current web design project is important because a large part of Hawk Ridge's work is educating the public about raptors and migration. The public is obviously diverse and Hawk Ridge probably wants to accommodate their diverse needs by making their website accessible to all. They don't want anyone to be excluded from the information and programs that they offer.

March 3, 2007

Digital Billboards

The only digital billboard that I've consciously noticed is the one on East Central Entrance in Duluth. A couple of times it has been REALLY bright, but it never caused problems with my driving. It did, however, make me wonder every single time how it is possible for a screen like that to survive the outdoor weather conditions...

I read a short article about the debate over these billboards in the Twin Cities. I think that as long as the billboards don't display flashing ads or anything like that, they probably aren't that distracting to drivers. I think that using them to display Amber Alerts and stuff like that is a good idea and could be very beneficial. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if they start causing accidents...

This brings up a funny sign that I see every time I drive home to Rochester. It's a green government sign that says Concentrate On Driving. If you're reading that sign, you're not really concentrating on driving now are you?

Web Fonts

Basically, I have been a fan of Verdana on the web. I like sans serif fonts over serif any day if i have to read a lot of text on the screen. Verdana is simple and very easy to read. I am also a fan of whatever this font is that is being used right now. I'm not sure which one it is, but I like it. It is a more interesting sans serif font that gives the feeling of serifs, such as how the lower case 'L' curves at the bottom. The lower case 'g' is my favorite.


I saw the kiosk for Solon Campus Center before it was installed. Pretty sweet!

The only other kiosk that I can recall interacting with is the one in the Sports & Health Center lobby. It's a big 3-sided display case, so you can walk all the way around it. Last year, 2 other RSOP graphic designers and I redesigned the displays for the kiosk and I'll be doing it again in the next couple weeks. It's an interesting way of displaying because it invites the viewer to interact with it by walking around it and looking at the other sides. Most of the time that is asking a lot of a viewer, however, because most people won't want to take the time just to walk around the kiosk and see what else it has to offer. It is a good way to grab people's attention from all sides though. People are entering and exiting the lobby from all directions, so it is a really good location for a 3-sided kiosk. It is very large though, so it is kept off to one side of the lobby. I think that if it was a smaller, possibly 4-sided kiosk, it could be placed in the center of the lobby and it would receive more interaction from viewers. I think that a digital kiosk, like the one in the Campus Center, would be really cool too. It wouldn't necessarily have to be digitally interactive. It could simply show various pictures of different RSOP and athletic activities on two sides and have static displays on the other 2 sides. If it was a digitally interactive kiosk it would be really cool, but then again, it's asking a lot of the viewer to take time out of their busy schedule to interact with a kiosk.