I designed a website called LiveRadar, a tool for unsigned bands to promote their gigs. I took Jakob Nielsens idea that websites should be simple as the basic premise, while demonstrating that ‘simple’ does not necessarily mean ‘boring’, creating a website where everything is displayed on single pages.
I’ve started the Safeguarding poster VERY late and so need something quick, simple but effective. The WSCB seems to be a route for adults to speak for children who are being abused in some way, and so this idea of a literal representation of a child having no means to speak has come to my mind. I remembered this scene in the Matrix, and would like to base my poster on this idea, I’m just looking for the right photo now
When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician.’ You stand in line for eight fucking hours with 800 people at a convention centre and then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not fucking good enough. Can you imagine? It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy and old fucking drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll fucking start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some crappy old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-ass shit, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a fucking computer or the internet or The Voice or American Idol.”
— Dave Grohl
Is Live Music Dying Out
Just thought I needed to take a step back from the design side of things to remind myself of why I am making my website. I love live music, both viewing and performing, but its a sad fact the digital age is taking over. It’s a bit ironic that I am trying to use these digital means to give live music a push in the right direction.
More links here to brand guidelines, this time related to the use of Googles Play store and Apples App store logos.
As in the long term I would intend to have Facebook and Twitter accounts connected to my website (mostly to reach a bigger audience, or to make use of their mobile notification services) I want to put links to these onto my homepage. These links here show the brand guidelines related to the usage of Facebook and Twitters logos.
Designing your website’s footer is as important as designing the header. We explain why, and reveal 20 websites that get it right.
I got talking to a friend the other day who is a web designer and asked her what she thought of my website so far. She pointed out that it was missing a footer bar
Can’t believe I’ve missed something so obvious, but I suppose thats why you ask people. Anyway, this link above has some good info about designing footers.
On content-heavy websites, the search box is often the most frequently used design element. From a usability point of view, irritated users use the search function as a last option when looking for specific information on a website. If a website’s content is not organized properly, an efficient search engine is not only helpful but crucial, even for basic website navigation. In fact, search is the user’s lifeline to mastering complex websites. The best designs offer a simple search box on the home page and play down advanced search and scoping. In practice, websites tend to grow over time, adding new content and, more importantly for us, adding new navigation options, such as additional content sections. However, these new content islands do not necessarily fit the whole information architecture that was well-designed and thoroughly structured when the website was initially designed. The consequence is a poor navigation scheme that is more irritating than helpful, because the content appears to be scattered all over the place instead of contained in separate, very distinct folders (in fact, this is a problem we encountered here at Smashing Magazine recently).
I’m well on my way to completing my homepage, but I’ve come to designing my search section and not cant quite get it right. Useful article here about search box design.
A collection of images of radar consoles. Numbers 5, 8 and 12 look kind of like how I want mine to appear
Norfolk Radar Museum
The home page of this website uses a radar console feel to it (although very basic design) which gives a rough idea of what I want to achieve