Today I am taking some time to review my classmate Tessa’s blog. Her blog is called Tessa’s Thoughts , and it contains essays, experiences, and film/TV reviews. From what I gather, Tessa’s blog reflects who she is – her interests, struggles, and joys.
I quite enjoy Tessa’s theme. There is lots of white space, beautiful and relevant pictures, and it is obvious where I should click and when I should scroll. I like that each post on the home page shows a short block of text with a call to action that says “read more.” I think this entices people to click on her posts and explore her blog further. Additionally, I appreciate how clear the Categories are on the right side of the page. It is straightforward where I can find each section of the blog. One suggestion I have for the home page is for Tessa to hide her posts that are under POSIEL so that only her blog posts are showing.
The typeface for the titles of Tessa’s post is great. It’s bold and legible. I also like the typeface for her posts, however, something that she might want to think about is how legible it is. Considering the font is quite light and the letters look similar, it may not be accessible to everyone reading. Mauvé Page, a guest speaker in our PUB101 class, suggested that typefaces with clear letter differentiation are often a better choice. One suggestion I have for Tessa’s blog is to change the typeface and colour of her header. A more unique typeface would catch the eye, which I think is important because it is the first thing I see on the page. Additionally, the current colour of the header does not contrast enough with the background. Tessa could possibly highlight the text black and make the font white to achieve a higher level of contrast.
Design Machines by Travis Gertz is a reading that we had for PUB101. Gertz (2015) outlines touches on how the art in layouts should not replace content, but it should give us a reason to explore the content further. I think that if Tessa incorporates this philosophy for her header media, it would really push visitors to explore the amazing content she has on her blog!
The layout of Tessa’s page is easy for my eyes to follow. The picture of clouds in her header represents “Tessa’s Thoughts” well, almost symbolizing a daydreaming theme. I particularly like how her posts are on the left side of the page, and they stay on the left side of the page when you click on them. I like this because my eyes naturally go to the left side, so I found the content on her page quite fast. I also appreciate how her Instagram is previewed at the bottom right of her page, with a call to action that says “follow me!” It shows a few of her pictures, which fit well under the brand of her blog. Since Tessa’s Thoughts is about her lived experiences, I believe her Instagram reflects that well.
Another article from PUB101 called Affordances by Victor Kaptelinin explains the concept of affordances. Affordances are basically indicators of how something should work (Kaptelinin, n.d.). Kaptelinin writes that “when affordances are taken advantage of, the user knows what to do just by looking: no picture, label, or instruction needed.” This is one of the things I appreciate most about Tessa’s Thoughts. This blog makes it clear where to click for what content. There is no confusion when it comes to usability, and I think that visitors of this blog will value this immensely!
Altogether, Tessa’s Thoughts is a great blog and has a ton of potential when it comes to design. I think that Tessa offers intriguing, relatable content, and I think that a few design boosts will allow her content to be engaged with at a greater capacity.