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    User Experience Interview Help...

    Hey everyone, I am doing a user experience project for school and would like your assistance. I am designing a community site that discusses and showcases artists and their designs, as well as share other information, provide tips and tricks, provide activities, and give design briefs to challenge artist and assist in development of portfolios. By answering the below questions and providing your input you can help me to design a site that is user friendly, informative, and visually pleasing. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

    1. When you think of forums or message boards, what comes to mind?

    2. Do you have a favorite forum or one that you go to frequently?

    3. In addition to the topics being discussed, what do you think of the forums visual appeal?

    4. Are most forums easy to navigate and understand?

    5. How does color play a part in your experience on a website?

    6. Click on the following link http://www.dezinerfolio.com/2009/02/...-forum-designs and thumb through the forums provided and state what you like and don’t like about each one. Most of these are design related forums so look at how images are displayed)

    7. Most sites have a user control panel (CP) after you login. These CPs let you mess around with personal information, emails, change your pictures (or avatars). What do you like and dislike about the CPs.

    8. Would you rather have access to a multitude of information on a single page, or have several “clean” pages when viewing a website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyu6215 View Post
    1. When you think of forums or message boards, what comes to mind?
    Exchange of information

    2. Do you have a favorite forum or one that you go to frequently?
    several (5)

    3. In addition to the topics being discussed, what do you think of the forums visual appeal?
    visual appeal needs to be unique

    4. Are most forums easy to navigate and understand?
    yes

    5. How does color play a part in your experience on a website?
    for uniqueness - yes

    6. Click on the following link http://www.dezinerfolio.com/2009/02/...-forum-designs and thumb through the forums provided and state what you like and don’t like about each one. Most of these are design related forums so look at how images are displayed)
    none of them please me - they all look too sterile and not unique

    8. Would you rather have access to a multitude of information on a single page, or have several “clean” pages when viewing a website.
    example?
    .....

    www.ClassicalAtelier@HOME.com
    My website for learning traditional fine art on your own! --- Derived from THIS thread at CA.org
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    www.cast-drawing.com
    drawing casts (geometric shapes, anatomical casts, skull), tutorials on Bargue drawing and cast drawing, Willow Charcoal, free drawing exercises
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    hey thanks for for helping out. I know forums are not in them selves normally very exciting however, I opened my big mouth and this is the subject matter. Thanks bjoern3000 for your response!

    As for clarification on that last question, think how CGHubs home pages looks compared to ConceptArts homepage.

    8. Would you rather have access to a multitude of information on a single page, or have several “clean” pages when viewing a website.
    example?


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    Red face Help! need about 5 more responses

    keep posting answers you'll help in more ways than you know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyu6215 View Post
    1. When you think of forums or message boards, what comes to mind?
    Time sink....

    2. Do you have a favorite forum or one that you go to frequently?

    CA - of course- also Absolutewrite.com a similar resource for writers (of which I am a terrible example, but I love doing it.

    3. In addition to the topics being discussed, what do you think of the forums visual appeal?
    It's my favorite part about CA - I spend 98% of my time in the sketchbook forum, looking at how others learn.

    4. Are most forums easy to navigate and understand?
    Yes.

    5. How does color play a part in your experience on a website?
    Yes. I don't know if you were around for the Geocities era- but neon text on black was all the rage. it makes your eyes burn. I find something in a 30% tone is easiest to read on a monitor- I do all my sketches on a 30% gray or brown.

    6. Click on the following link http://www.dezinerfolio.com/2009/02/...-forum-designs and thumb through the forums provided and state what you like and don’t like about each one. Most of these are design related forums so look at how images are displayed)
    10 caught my eye, just because it was vibrant. 13 was the most appealing - I think the cartoon girly might have a lot to do with it- but the not-white was the best part.
    The rest were all the same- I couldn't pick one from another on a memory test.

    7. Most sites have a user control panel (CP) after you login. These CPs let you mess around with personal information, emails, change your pictures (or avatars). What do you like and dislike about the CPs.
    I never really thought about it.
    They're functional- I wouldn't give them more credit then that.
    I like the CP for windows- with icons.

    8. Would you rather have access to a multitude of information on a single page, or have several “clean” pages when viewing a website.
    I just want it to be clear. If I have to search for something I usually get distracted and do something else.


    *The worst worst worst thing a website can have is sound. I despise when people think their music is better then the music or audio book I chose. If I can't find a mute within 15 seconds of the music starting I blacklist the site.

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    hey thanks Rhubix. Thanks for your responses. I remember Geocites from back in the day and the neon on black...glad thats over with as a norm.

    I appreciate the range of responses i have received thus far. as we all know, when producing something for a client, or for user its much less what we think and more of what they thinks and want. This of course holds pretty true with conceptual art and design as well as web and graphic design. so again, thanks. please direct others to thins thread. And please feel free to add any additional comments. Again thanks and keep posting!

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    1. When you think of forums or message boards, what comes to mind?
    Discussing things similar minded people are interested in

    2. Do you have a favorite forum or one that you go to frequently?
    This one and a few others slightly less often

    3. In addition to the topics being discussed, what do you think of the forums visual appeal?
    I've never joined or not joined a forum just on appearances.

    4. Are most forums easy to navigate and understand?
    See my reply to 6

    5. How does color play a part in your experience on a website?
    Too garish and I won't spend much time there. Too white after a migraine attack and I won't be visiting.

    6. Click on the following link http://www.dezinerfolio.com/2009/02/...-forum-designs and thumb through the forums provided and state what you like and don’t like about each one. Most of these are design related forums so look at how images are displayed)
    On the 3rd one, I will not join a forum that makes you fill in a form to browse.
    Most of them were pretty bland seeing as they are meant to be cutting edge web design forums. 8 immediate thought was 'yuck!' 12 was shut, 18 didn't load. 15 was so white that it was painful. Another problem on 1 and 6 was that the casual browser had no idea what was being discussed currently. Shoot 10 for the colours. 11 had no order to it at all - sort of anarchy of the bland kind.

    7. Most sites have a user control panel (CP) after you login. These CPs let you mess around with personal information, emails, change your pictures (or avatars). What do you like and dislike about the CPs.
    You get used to them. Most are pretty easy.

    8. Would you rather have access to a multitude of information on a single page, or have several “clean” pages when viewing a website.[/QUOTE]
    At CA you can close or expand if wanted. A lot of sites use that function and it's useful at times, but I like to see the latest topic being discussed.

    On another note some forums are in strict date of first post order, which makes it hard to find hot topics, but most of these are more social media types.


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