A few weeks ago I posted about starting my TW4006 website assignment. I outlined my initial plan to make a website for Latitude Festival, a counterpart to the real Longitude Festival that runs every year in Ireland.
For the website design I first analysed Longitude Festival’s look and layout. Much of its theme surrounds nature and earth so for my site I decided to design a sea theme to make Latitude Festival its true antithesis. As a result my website design features blue and purple tones as opposed to greens and yellows.
To further the sister-festival idea, I chose a sea-side location on the west coast, in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, as Longitude Festival is located on the east coast in Marley Park, Dublin city.
I chose to use the New Google Sites platform to build the website. I have spent a few hours now using the tool and will include a brief account of how I have been getting on with it so far:
New Google Sites is highly intuitive with a user interface that greatly simplifies the design process compared to Old Google Sites. The tools are divided into just three sections: “Insert”, “Pages”, and “Themes”. Cycling between the three tabs is made simple as they are locked to the right side of the page and tools are divided clearly within each tab.
I found New Google Sites’ preset layouts and themes to be very aesthetically pleasing and employ many important characteristics of modern website design, e.g. layered information. The layout options are very easy to add in, one click inserting a new block with pre-designed slots for personalised images and text.
The only, but quite prevalent, issue with New Google Sites is that it is not sufficiently customisable. There are very limited theme, font and colour options that have hindered my website from being exactly how I pictured it. Such limitations are result of it being such a new tool that, likely as it is offered for free, has not been fully expanded to the options included in Old Google Sites.
Despite this I am happy with my choice of platform as I found it much faster and easier to build pages. The lack of font and theme options requires more consideration for the design aspects I can influence, allowing more time to write substantial content, select and curate images and design the personalised logo as above.
Feel free to check out the website so far and leave feedback in the comments below: