I’ve been really enjoying my third year at RIT! I recently finished up my first major project in my web development class, and I figured I’d share it.
I had to make a site focused on a place I enjoy. I had a hard time picking one place, so I looked at the project from a different perspective. I made a guide on local exploration.
I tend to have a pretty short attention span when it comes to reading large blocks of text. I chose to have most of the textual information presented in single sentences in the footer. This way, users can flick through the site quickly. I kind of picture it like a digital children’s book.
I chose a minimalist design with fullscreen, high-definition background pictures. I wanted to make it blatantly obvious that the content was the primary focus of the site. Combined with the fact that I couldn’t use jQuery or other libraries, the large images threatened to make the site unusably slow.
Navigation is pretty standard. I used an unordered list with an ‘active’ class that changes the size of the menu item when it’s active. I chose white text with a slight shadow to make the navigation items stand out even on a light background.
Users know where they are, it’s simple, and it works.