Het Kritiek

16 Apr

This week we completed our design projects. Our blog entry is to provide an early critique of our fellow classmates. My critique will be of Lindsey’s project, which presents a review of Rosemarie Zagarri’s “Revolutionary Blacklash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic”.

I thought Lindsey did a great job choosing a well suited color scheme; the colors make sense for the historic theme (ie, Red-White-and Blue…viva la Revolution!) and the neutral background compliments the darker tones used for the font choices and the image. I like the neutral background as opposed to a bright white since it mimics the color of aged parchment.

The image was well placed and the colorization of the engraving was a nice touch to make the heading stand out.

She embedded three fonts for the website. The font choice for the heading (Aquiline) was a wonderful choice; it makes sense for the historical period she is writing about and the size/color scheme help create a strong heading.

I wish there more space between the content and both the header/navigation bar and that the navigation bar was further down from the header—I think that its cool that its juxtaposed the way it is, but since it is the same color of “review” I would be it slightly below the baseline for “review”, then push the content down accordingly.

I think the colors of the navigational menu should all be a lighter color like the light grey that was chosen for “Type assignment”. A lighter color would be easier to read against the deep red background. The hover color scheme works very well.

The font choice for the paragraphs was easy on the eyes and had a well-chosen line height. I’m glad she chose grey instead of black for the font choice since the grey compliments the subdued color palette. The image that she used to break up the paragraphs was chosen to separate the background information of her book with her own opinion—I thought it was a well-chosen spot and again, had adequate spacing around the image.

Overall, great job!!

This is my design project— any advice would be great!

3 Responses to “Het Kritiek”

  1. Jeri April 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi Margaret! I commented on your site on my blog, but thought I’d link to it here! Good job and good luck on the final!

    http://jeriwieringa.com/blog/2012/04/16/hist-697-comments-for-margaret/

  2. mbarkovi April 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi Jeri! Thank you so much for your comments/advice— they are a huge help!

    I’ve gone through some and made a few changes based on what you said and the time I have to make the corrections. I definitely agree with the size issue [i had to minimized on my own laptap]– I decreased it (1040—>960) for smaller screens but I’m still having some issues with the margins which I might try to debug in class. I had this same issue with the other assignments too, so I guess it’s time for me to tackle it.

    I liked the space between the navbar and the header but I agree that since it’s the same color as the body, it looks disconnected— I got rid of it and tried a different color for the navbar to experiment with the design. I also decreased some of the top padding for the h2. You’ve also made some other helpful suggestions that I will use in revising the site…

    Thanks again!

  3. marthalindsey April 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Thanks for your help in reviewing my site!

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