RIA Site Critique

January 23, 2012 |  by  |  Inspiration, Project One, Student Work


Site URL: http://www.helpthehoneybees.com/#crisisfields

I picked this site because it caught my eye because of it’s colorfullness and clean design. I liked that the focus was on the honeybee fields, which makes sense because the website is all about saving honeybees.

The purpose of the site is to give the viewer information about the honeybees, why there is a crisis, how important the honeybees are to many foods/and environments and how you can help- even from something as simple as planting a garden to supporting beekeepers.

User Profile

The user of this honeybee site would either be a young child in grade school, or someone with interests in environmental protection services. The site is very user friend, especially for young children. This child would be interested in after school projects like boy scouts/girl scouts and outdoor friendly activities. The user would enjoy learning about environmental issues, how they effect our everyday lives.

While this interface is attractive to younger children, it is also helpful to people of all ages. Highschool kids interested in pursuing a career in environmental studies or people out of college who are interested in finding a way to help the cause.

The cultural background for this site is very diverse, showing examples of different cultures with interests and concerns about the danger of losing honeybees.

The user also would have sufficient technical abilities and able to navigate the site easily and take from it the information they need to engage in something afterwards. Whether we’re talking about a young child in grade school, he/she would have access to broadband through his or her school and teachers who would introduce he/she to the issue of dangered honeybees. A highschooler, or older would also have access to broadband but more than the grade school, unlimited access through smart phones and/or laptops ect.

User Interface

This interface is primarily an interactive illustration of a flower field/nature site where honeybees commonly would be found. The “explore the fields” section alows users to navigate through the honeybee fields and learn different random facts. The primary navigation of the site consists of: The Honey Bee Crisis, How We’re Helping, How You Can Help, The Buzz, Bee TV and the Bee Store. In each section there are secondary navigations that provide information about an array of issues, projects and facts.

What works

1. primary navigation- easy to navigate back and forth

2. The over-all design, style and direction of the site. Each part is designed around the honeybee theme, with different themed bees in the necessary sections of the site

3.”Explore the Fields Feature”- easy to navigate, eye catching and the information is readable and stands out when expanded.

4. The amount of information and facts about honeybees, the cause and how to help is enough but not overwhelming.

What Doesn’t Work

1. The secondary navigation sometimes takes a while to load or the words don’t actually load until you mouse over them

2. Once you click on one of the tabs, some have an overflow of information that requires a scroll bar, but the site is big enough where the information window could just be bigger and not have to have a scroll bar.