Peer Review #2

Thank you Isha Hoonjan for letting me peer review your blog (http://consideringcardamom.com/).

First of all, your blog is looking really good and interesting to browse through! You have the landing page with all the posts you have helped me to see who you are as a person at a first glance. The images attached to each blog attract me fairly well to read the blog. All the pages have a consistent design that shows I’m still on the same site. Overall, The blog has a very good flow and is easy to follow. Also, I love the additional features you have added to the page, which include the dark theme, the resizing system for the fonts, the high contrast settings and the search feature. These features help to make your site more accessible and fun to discover from the user side, so good job!

As for the design principles of the site, it shows pretty clearly in terms of hierarchy. I can see that the name of the site has the highest hierarchy, then the title of the section, then the submenu and so on. Personally, I think the title should have the highest priority once the user goes to a different page. For example, as in the image attached down below, I would rather see that I am on the “Post” page than see the site’s name as the first attention I go towards again.

The site’s “Post” subpage

As for the colour schemes, I like that you keep it white with different shades of grey. It is a very simple yet elegant look, which gives a clean vibe to the site. It also makes your images pop up even more. A consideration if you would like to go further on colour schemes is to play more with different colours based on the user’s interaction. For example, maybe the colours could change instead of the transparency when the user hovers over a clickable word or phrase. Also, don’t be scared to add some colours to the site! Even though it is a simple look, is it how you want the reader to see you? Or is there more for them to learn from you and attract them to keep reading about you? Maybe you could think about your favourite colours or based on your content, what colours may make the most sense to go with. Those can be some brainstorming questions you can think of while looking more into colours.

I would have to say, unfortunately, I do not think that the images are communicating much about who you are. It could be because they are stock images. I would like you to look more into that, so the reader can get to know you more clearly right at first glance. Also, the image attached below shows that each post doesn’t have the same size at the bottom. It looks like it is from the images’ setting, so check that so everything looks clean. Another comment I would say is, instead of saying what assignment, have fun with making titles up. It will attract the audience more and, right away, knows what they are going to write about.

“Peer Review #1”, “Mini Assignment #2” and “Imagining an Audience” posts on the site’s landing page.

One thing that confuses me about the site is the submenu’s language choice. What is the difference between “Blog” and the other submenus like the image I have attached? Because, right now, everything is a blog for me. Maybe, find another word instead of that to make it cleaner.

The submenu on the site.

Overall, a very interesting blog to show parts of yourself. I definitely have learned a little bit more about who you are. Thank you again for letting me look through your site. Hopefully, these comments are helpful!

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