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:
- 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
- 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
- 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.