Web Design for ENST 362 | Fall 2015

Designing for Environmental Justice

We are taking a critical approach to the design of this website: challenge assumptions, be critical of dominant social values and design ideologies.

Question: What do you, as a group, value? What is the most important thing that you are trying to communicate to visitors of this site?

Before you work on the site:

  • Audience
  • Analog prototype of the site

Common elements of a website:

  • Site layout
    • Consistency – develop an identity, pages have common feel, tone, color, shapes, fonts, etc.
    • Navigation: Menus, links, table of contents (site map)
    • Make information easy to find
    • Think about plug-ins and widgets (within your installation but also that users might have to download)
    • Header, footers, use of space
  • Content
    • Keep paragraphs as short as possible (Web visitors don’t tend to stick around for a lot of text)
    • Keep pages short
    • Break up a lot of text, use white space
      • Sometimes break them up into multiple pages
    • Accessibility
      • Add text descriptions to images and graphic elements
    • Fonts and size – visibility

Things to consider

  • Test on different sized/resolution monitors, mobile devices
  • Test on different browsers
  • Try to get feedback

Keep in mind: Constraints

Though you can probably do everything you dream of, it often requires a lot of technical, coding/programming language skills, resources, or time that we may not have. The themes we choose may also have limitations to what you can do.

 

Sample Sites:

Sustainable Sites

Sustainable Sites

University of Oregon Office of Sustainability

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Sustainability at Harvard

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Dartmouth Sustainability Project

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Communities for a Better Environment

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LA Sanitation District

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