October 03, 2005
Negro League Baseball and Web Design
Instead of just offering two sites for comparison, I chose to point out three. I chose sites that address the history of Nergo League baseball:
I decided to point out three sites because I think it is almost unfair to compare the design of big-budget, professional sites with smaller, personal projects. Still, smaller projects have many options for good design without paying for expensive designers and programmers. The first site, blackbaseball.com, is an example of great professional design. The colors are attractive and easy to read. The navigation is simple and clear. One real flaw is the site's lack of alt tags that would make the site more accessible to all visitors. The second site, truebaseball.com, is an example of poor design. The page is set in frames, which I don't like because of compatibility issues with old browsers. The logo on the banner is designed as a background image, so the navigation links overlap it in smaller windows and become very hard to read. And even if a visitor can read the links they are not organized logically and do not offer quick access to the entire site. Obviously, truebaseball.com is a much smaller project than the sleek blackbaseball.com, but that's why I included the last site, negroleaguebaseball.com. This site is a good counter point to the idea that small project = bad design. negroleaguebaseball.com uses a blog format to present information, which I like very much. I think this is a creative and powerful way to serve information, and present it in an attractive and organized manner. The site is easily navigated, the text and images are formatted appropriately, and the site is a good gateway to information.
Posted by miles at October 3, 2005 11:30 AM