Designing Formats and Including Visuals
Most websites tend to have the same formats, however, some are less clutter than others, has valuable information, and user friendly. For this paper, www.forbes.com will be a good site to examine. Forbes website is a site that seems to have a lot going on, it is a “busy” site, and when you access the site you must watch an advertisement first or click to skip the ad. The design format for any website is very important and just as important if you include visuals. People that visit websites, visit for one reason or the other. However, the design, format and visuals can quickly make people go to another website if it is not viewable, has too much information, causes people to maneuver too much to view the site, or is not user friendly.
The www.forbes.com website is a commercial website. The analysis of this site will offer some great insight into how or how not to design a website, with or without visuals and details of its format, visual displays, audience and its uses of the elements of logos, ethos, and pathos. The first impression of a website determines whether the user or users will leave or stay. First impressions depends on several factors: color, spacing, structure, fonts, symmetry, amount of text, and much more.
The Forbes website when accessed you are not allowed immediate access until you either watch an advertisement and or click to skip it. Once you arrive at the website page, which is assumed to be the home page, you are met with top stories with images that are related to each story and an audio that automatically starts. The audio continues throughout your visit of the webpage and there is no instructions as to how to mute and or close the audio if you want to. At the top of the page, there is an advertisement along with other audio visuals, which is directly underneath a black bar with headings for other pages. The black bar is in contrast with the white background, which gives a formal appearance. You are also able to log in to Forbes with social accounts, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, and several others, which will also give the website permission to use your public profile, friends list, email address, birthday, interests, current city, personal description and likes.
This access is of use to Forbes for their purpose of contacting your contacts with their ads and giving your contacts information about their website. Accessing with your social media account you are able to see your profile picture, if you have one, in the upper right hand corner of the Forbes webpage, which is automatically retrieved if you login via any of the social accounts mentioned above. There is no reason given why you would need to login or sign-up to view Forbes webpage or information, for you have access to anything that is shown on the page that is presented to you as the home page, once you have accessed the site.
Based on the information that is presented on the Forbes.com webpage...