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One Solution3:43 with Nick Pettit
Were you able to come up with a critique for the Books to Scrape site?
Were you able you come up with a critique for the Books to Scrape site?. 0:00 Let me walk you through what I came up with. 0:03 First, the users I kept in mind were the programming students 0:06 who use the site as an educational resource to practice scraping. 0:10 They are looking for a realistic website to practice gathering website content. 0:14 With these users in mind, lets start listing out the strengths. 0:20 On the home page, I notice that the site has a simple layout. 0:25 Each book is grouped with its details, 0:30 making it easy to know what price goes with which book. 0:33 The warning message is clear and it is in a hard-to-miss spot. 0:38 All of the clickable items are easy to notice when you a hover over them. 0:44 Clicking on a book leads you to a detail page for that book. 0:48 The detail page also has a simple layout and utilizes some design patterns. 0:54 There's a photo of the book's cover, a product description, a price, 0:59 stars to show how many people have liked the book, and product information. 1:06 The navigation at the top of the screen is breadcrumb style, 1:11 which means you can see the pages that lead you to this detail screen. 1:16 When a website has a lot of pages, this is one way to help users keep track of 1:23 where they are and how they got to the page that they're on. 1:27 One last strength is that this site is responsive and can be used on any device. 1:31 Now that we've taken a look at the strengths, let's dive into the weaknesses. 1:40 The first thing I noticed was how close the tagline was to the title of the page. 1:44 Adding more space between the two would help give them space to breath and 1:48 make them two separate elements. 1:53 On the mobile version of the site, the cyber menu moves to the top of the screen. 1:56 Seeing all the links at once can be overwhelming to the user. 2:02 The links are also very close together as well, which would be difficult for 2:06 a mobile user to tap on. 2:11 It would be great to use a mobile design pattern for 2:13 the sidebar to make it easier to navigate as a mobile user. 2:16 And on the product's detail page, 2:21 the one element I see missing are the relevant reviews themselves. 2:24 Even for an educational site, 2:30 it would be great to have pretend reviews to go with the given rating. 2:31 Reviews are becoming more popular and would be another item for 2:37 students to practice with. 2:41 So let's recap. 2:44 The site does a great job of getting programming students 2:46 a place to practice gathering web content. 2:49 It is simply designed, with clearly visible, clickable elements. 2:52 The site also gives a fair amount of warnings to remind visitors of it's 2:57 educational nature, which are clearly placed on each page. 3:00 The breadcrumb style navigation on detail pages 3:04 gives the user an easy way to keep track of where they are on the website. 3:07 I would suggest adding space between the website title and 3:13 its tagline to make it more clear that they are two separate elements. 3:17 On the mobile version of the site, 3:20 I wish there was a design pattern to make the navigation a bit easier. 3:23 And finally, adding in pretend reviews to go with each book 3:26 will give students another element to practice with. 3:30 Overall, the site achieves its goal, but there's always room for improvement. 3:33 Critiquing sites in this manner can be a great way to practice your UX skills. 3:38
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