Website Design Critique

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Fans of the Futur submit their web design work for critique and review. The team works in real time to demonstrate how to improve their website.

Websites Reviewed On The Show

Craig Wells

Nicci Van

Eliott Abrahams

Joseph Abraham

Miodrag Karalejic

03:00 10 Heuristics/rules for user interface design by Jacob Nielsen
05:48 Nicci Van – Website Design Critique
07:12 Q: What is your goal for this website?
08:31 Q: What action do you want your lead/potential employer to do?
11:22 Have a contact form and contact information available for leads to choose how to reach you.
15:55 Meta tags are the things that provide data to search engines
16:54 Compress your images for faster loading times and better SEO ranking
21:38 Eliot Abrahams – Website Design Critique
22:50 Q: Specify what type of graphic design that you are in
23:42 Q: When attracting leads and employers, giving them value upfront, instead of asking for things.
25:34 Q: Who are you targeting with this website?
29:05 Q: What would you add to the about page?
29:52 Q: What is your preferred method for client contact?
31:30 Q: What is your opinion on placing a phone number on the page?
33:46 Q: What has stopped you from fleshing out the site more?
36:20 Install user tracking for your website for feedback
36:50 Q: What do you think of web flow?
38:35 Miodrag Karalejic – Website Design Critique
47:27 Path files in CSS allow you to create subtle movement via code.
49:25 What does it mean to minify CSS/Javascript?
52:05 Find out why your elements do not scale down for smaller devices
53:22 Q: Do you have to have a website, couldn’t you just use your Behance profile as a portfolio?
55:40 Injozi – Craig Wells – Website Design Critique
1:00:24 Q: What is the goal for this site?
1:00:54 Q: Can you tell me the context/story for how this came about?
1:01:27 Q: Can you explain the thought process behind using voice?
1:02:48 Q: Why did you want to submit your site?
1:04:17 What’s more important, a gorgeous website or a strong portfolio?
1:12:15 The work/portfolio page is where users can tell if you can get the work done.
1:20:35 Techie Design – Website Design Critique
1:27:17 Who do you want to be on the site?
1:28:30 You must have one user in mind to pull in targeted leads
1:34:33 Make the call to action options available
1:37:09 Provide more examples and proof the work that you provide
1:38:15 Check your WordPress version tags, and consider using jamstack
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Dave Ninjaneuro says:

I find it kind of odd, after over a year her site does not have working links to instagram etc on the bottom of the page even though she has the icons etc. It looks like it was a dead page now? No updates since this video and the contact is gone.

Shanaly says:

"under the hood" segment is totally needed. keep it!

Leon Strydom says:

Injozi's site was the highlight of this video for me. I say this because of the thoughts and insights about it. Visual design was sexy AF!…Eventhough I myself am South African born-and-bred, I didn't manage to catch the reference to South Africa's history with gold…but that didn't matter so much to me because the visual design was still so alluring…definitely be able to attract some nice clients on that basis alone. All of that said though — and this is why Injozi's site was the highlight of the entire video for me– usability and overall UX was less than impeccable. Second to the fact that there wasn't any content of value for me on the homepage, the music got on my nerves pretty quick (it almost made me stop watching this video), but most importantly, it had a direct impact on usability…the narration was essential in being able to digest the textual content as a lot of the visual treatment made the text less than easily-readable.

BobTheBuilder294 says:

is that Shia Lebeouf?

M R says:

So like, who's listening to Enya?

nutzname1221 says:

Don't get me wrong I agree with ben. But I love Miodrags reaction at 39:40 – its like he's padding himself subconsciously on the shoulder. Great body language

nutzname1221 says:

So are you against using "mailto" at all (30:20)? I'm making my website and curious about a professional opinion.

Jussi K says:

Most of the contents were really interesting from a business perspective.

I did however think the video could have used more critique on actual visual choices. White space, contrast, typography and the actual layouting, and what the experts would have done differently and why.

I have searched for such videos, and there seems to be an empty vacuum in the internet for critique on the purely graphic design part of websites that are functional but look bad.

Alice Díaz says:

Are you guys doing this again anytime soon? 🙂

Evan Wilson says:

lol Where does music randomly play during the interview.

WrongTurn says:

On the mac there is an app called ImageOptim, so you can optimize PNG, JPEG, SVG files without going online, it's awesome, it uses some of the best image optimization command line tools combined behind the UI, the cherry on top? It's free.

Tech Star says:

Would love some critique on my website!

Mark Barner says:

Also a mute button should change look when clicked and vice versa.

skankty says:

cool, I really like the feedback on these websites.

Rigel Andreoli says:

Happy belated birthday Aaron! Awesome crit session. Also good to see other South Africans getting onto The Futur.

Emiliano Stefanach says:

Google Voice service is available only on the United States, so the Belgium kid cannot use it (neither do I :))))

Nelson Larenas Herrera says:

I heard you guys talk a lot about wordpress, do you think is it better or different than bootstrap?, because I have only worked with bootstrap and for me is much easier to use…

carmit haller says:

Great session and subject! Would have helped a lot to write the rules (heuristic rules) on a visual black board (as bullet points) and not just state them out. Visual memory is important 🙂

Iulia Tsvigun says:

great topic and came at a good time. I am developing a website concept now..

Juliana Katz says:

Very good Ben Burns! Lester was a very good acquisition. Please make more content about web design and UI/UX.

Josue Garcia says:

I love the information and everything the show offers but the technical difficulties is not even part of the problem, how your team handles it is mostly a bit disturbing. I feel that Aaron is unmotivated and shows little effort to care. Some of his comments and inputs really annoy me. You guys are the first impression of every video and technically represent Blind. Really need to step it up.

Michael Mc Gillivray says:

Loved the "Under the hood" addition to the critique.

Site Studio says:

You should offer web design critiques as a service, that would be a valuable service.

MrJerba says:

omg this show is so messy 😀

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