My Minisite #2 focuses on some of my favorite recipes for breakfast, supper, and dessert. For the design of my site I thought websites and blogs that I like the appearance of. I like simple pages, with white backgrounds, easy to read fonts, and a limited use of color, that serves to highlight important information or links.
The Google font “Lobster” was selected because it is a simple cursive font and is appropriately playful for a recipe minisite. The serif font “Cutive” was used to balance and contrast the cursive font of “Lobster”. A warm color palette was selected using reds, oranges, and yellows to reflect the warmth and happiness of the kitchen and cooking experience. I love the complementary colors of blue and orange, and used the Color-Hex website to select the best fit of which shades would be most visually appealing together.
The images selected were from the recipes used. This way it was an accurate representation of the food the recipe would yield. The photos were all made the same size to create a consistent page layout across each recipe page.
CSS provides the opportunity to streamline a website and create pages that are consistent in style and appearance. There is no need to code the design of the page in HTML, instead using CSS and tags to make universal changes. This article from Network Solutions explains advantages to switching to CSS.
Annie Gibson wrote a terrific article for A List Apart discussing the accessibility of the Internet. She points out that some users are often singled out as disabled or color blind or deaf and that many websites do not take these into consideration. People accessing the Internet or a program do not need to be thought of as disabled, simply they might need another way to access information. Information needs to designed to be delivered in a variety of ways that users can get to. Simply put, programs or websites need to be designed to be more accessible to all users. To allow users to reach the information they need, to use the programs they need, and not to limit a user based off of design. Gibson’s article inspires readers to experiment and improve their websites to become more accessible to potential users.