I'm going to comment on headings, illustrations, and link names in the WS web site.
When I look at the Writing Studies Web site, I see a number of headings, and I'm not sure of the hierarchy. On the home page, the "Department of Writing Studies" is a heading in red. This seems like the level 1 heading throughout. Lower in the page there is a blue/gray heading "Featured Items." I think this is the level 2 heading. But, these headings don't seem all that functional for the home page. The "Department of Writing Studies" heading repeats the header. There could be more functional headings here. "Featured Items" is completely non-descriptive. The home page could get more work done. I think quick links to "programs" and "faculty" would be a good idea.
The picture on the home page is pretty much a stock picture of the campus. It does not relate to writing. It doesn't pick up on any themes for the department strengths. It might be nice to pick a picture that addresses more of the strengths of the department, such as writing technologies and writing support.
Here I am looking at the left nav bar, and I see the following links:
- News & Events
- Make a Gift
First, I think there are too many links. "Courses" does not seem necessary. The "About" link works fine. Undergraduate might be before Graduate. People might move up before "News & Events." The Intranet is a really important link. The pictured links (Center for Wrting, First-Year Writing, and Program in SLS) seem oddly placed, like they are not part of the department. They are confusing. And why should the Department have another link on the site? I think some link names could be changed and some eliminated. Also, Links are in ALL CAPS which seems a bit odd.
Readings for this week also addressed site maps and wireframes. These are important parts that we need to address in terms of planning the revision. More on that next week!