Design Critique: Boundless

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I had a friend share an article from Boundless.org on facebook, and since then I’ve been following them. I read a few of their blogs every month, but I’ll be honest: they’re design looks like it hasn’t been updated since 1993.

Let’s take a look at what not to do!

Boundless Magazine Design Critique

Tables

Yes, that’s right. This page is created in tables. Oh the horror!!! There’s not really much to say on this except, if your website is created in a technology that hasn’t been used in over 10 years, it’s time to redo!

Width of the page

1000 pixels. If you’re aiming on a width for a webpage, 1000 pixels is a pretty good standard. Of course, with new responsive design, the width of the page isn’t nearly as important as it used to be. But a 844 pixel width webpage – just not a good idea.

Colors

I guess they were going for a light blue, but it really comes off as a light purple. Colors should match what the website is about – it should encourage people to read and interact with the website. The website experience can be enhanced or spoiled by what colors you choose.

Personally, with the emphases of this website on learning, I’d use an active color. Or really any color but a weird light purple.

And can I just mention the clouds here? Early Windows anyone?

Spacing

White space is vital for a website. The closeness of all the elements makes the website feel cramped. While it’s organized well, the lack of spacing doesn’t make it feel well organized.

Font Size

I don’t think I’ve ever seen font this tiny for the links on a webpage. They’re size 12, but look miniature. I’m guessing it was to make the links fit within the area provided. The fonts on the actual page aren’t terrible, but a little larger would be better.

 

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