Blog 5: Olympic Story

I choose to critique the Olympic Story website. The website is easy to navigate and engaging. When clicking on the “list” icon on the left, the list of chapters will show up. Then the audiences can easily go to the part that interests them the most. The website also makes a timeline at the bottom; when hovering on the dots and clicking on them, information of a specific year will appear. The website also makes a grid that lists all the years of the Games. However, the Games after 1998 fail to show up from time to time, causing confusions.

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The website combines texts, visual elements as well as videos to present the history of Winter Olympic Games. The introduction contains several clips of key moments in the history of Olympic Games. The visual designs also introduce the audiences basic information by using icons, numbers and interactive maps, providing more engaging and pleasant user experience. Personally speaking, the only thing this website can improve is that the texts are too short and the information are limited.

The intended audiences are those who are interested in the history of Winter Olympic Games. In order to attract those audiences, the website provides not only clips of videos and plain texts, but also easy-to-understand numbers and interactive maps. As the story contains different parts, the website uses dots to make a timeline that helps readers to navigate.

In terms of the design, the color is clean and neat. As the story is about Winter Olympic Games, the website uses blue and white to emphasize its theme. The website mainly uses visual elements such as data visualization and infographics to present the background of each Game with one or two paragraphs text. The typo is consistent, clear and easy to read. The hierarchy of typos also helps the readers better understand the information even at the first glance.

In terms of the design, the color is clean and neat. As the story is about Winter Olympic, the website uses blue and white to emphasize the theme. The website mainly uses visual elements such as data visualization and infographics to present the basic information about each game with one or two paragraphs text. The typo is consistent, clear and easy to read. The hierarchy of typos also helps the readers to understand the information at the first glance.

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2 thoughts on “Blog 5: Olympic Story

  1. I really like the site you chose. I think as you said the design is really clean and neat. That’s a good way to start because it doesn’t overwhelm the user.

    After navigating for a little bit I was confused about how to get back to the home page but having the chapters available on the left side is helpful and does lend to an easy navigation.

    One aspect of the site I enjoyed is the option to navigate with the arrow keys. I think a lot of times it makes sense to use the mouse to navigate but the arrow keys add a different and almost more intuitive feel to the site that I like. Overall I really like the design and think it is pretty easy to navigate once the user gets the feel of the site.

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  2. I really enjoyed going through this site. It was a really well thought out design piece that didn’t just use text to tell a story. A picture is the first thing that readers will go to one any type of page whether it be print or digital so it’s always a good idea to have as many visuals as possible.

    I loved how each game was separate to look into on the first page so it wasn’t overwhelming to draw the reader in. It’s pretty easy to navigate in my opinion and was very interesting in terms of the content as well.

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