Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres
Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres
Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres
 
 

Visual features: the look

This section discusses various "looks" of sites.

The upside down L

Figure 19: Click to enlargeWith navigation at the top and left hand side of the site becoming the norm, this is another feature that doesn’t become a genre (Figure 19).

Curved corners

The use of vector drawing programs in website creation has led to an increase in the popularity of non-photographic images. These images, composed of lines and gradients, often make use of curved lines are shared by sites with a more modern look. In opposition to the curved look is the drop shadow, now considered old-fashioned.

Blue curves

Figure 20: Click to enlargeThe combination of various shades of blue with curved lines seems to be a facet of some youth oriented websites. See Figure 20.

Corporate stripes

Figure 21: Click to enlargeThe corporate horizontal stripe is an identifiable genre feature. See Figure 21

 

Hand drawn

Once again, vector based tools lead to this style of site, giving these sites an informal look.