Alvin: I don’t really like the direction we're heading with these revisions. Seems to me we have somehow forgotten about the survey feedbacks for this design.
Alvin: As mentioned in the meeting when we announced the design choice, the general feedback on the strength of this design is the clean layout and the breathing room provided by the white space, while the major complaint/concern is that it is too busy.
Alvin: I somewhat agree with David about the ‘apply now star’. I don’t think it deserves such a prominent estate in the already-busy top navigation. I put it as another image at the bottom of the UNL today podcasts.
Aaron: As far as the Apply Now star is concerned, it seems like if our ultimate goal as an institution is enrollment, giving the application button the most prominent place possible seems only logical, but i could be looking at it wrong. That star (or any other graphic) could certainly go wherever people choose to put it though.
Alvin: As for the footer, I changed it quite a bit. I removed the tab mainly because it degrades user experience. We should reward the visitors who take the time to scroll to the bottom of the page with some additional, useful content, instead of treating them with a copyright statement and making them having to go through one additional click before getting the ‘rewards’. Another reason would be that it is too ‘inman-like’, for lack of better terms. It might not be such a big deal for some but all my peers know Shaun Inman and everyone in the designerati circles knows him. He pretty much set the ‘shelf’ trend (yes, that drop down tab has a name). But it’s one thing to follow the trend and another to implement a double-shelf like he has in his website. I would find it rather disheartening if people were to brush off the design as another inman replica without even looking at the other elements of the design when we launch the site, especially since I know that everyone, Aaron in particular, has put a lot of effort in it.
Sorry if my tone comes off as a bit hostile and I don’t mean to offend anyone. But I can assure everyone I write this in a friendly manner and an open heart with the happy thoughts of how I’m going to spend my long weekends with my girlfriend and her parents in their summer house in Montana where there’s no electricity, cable or telephone lines.
As Aaron stated, We (the designers) haven't had access to the survey feedback to consider solutions based on that feedback.
Seems to me we have somehow forgotten about the survey feedbacks for this design.
He didnt go into detail about it but he did point out the pros and cons that we need to work on the modern design based on the feedback.
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