For this project, we explored a website called Simile Widgets.
Our website focused on taking a website and making it user friendly by incorporating visuals.
Below is a visual from the website and a representation of the widgets that are being utilized as visuals:
This website was much more appealing than previous websites that we had looked at because it allowed us (the users) to visualize the data and the trends that stemmed from it, which allowed us to better understand the material. Aside from the data being more applicable, the website was more fun for us to use—we actually wanted to play around with the widgets and graphics that were posted because the information was visually pleasing and in a relatable form that we could process. Using fun visual rhetoric and features will not only draw the user in, but also helps to maintain his/her attention on the website.
Visual rhetoric, like the one used on this website, helps us to relate to documents and artifacts because it takes information that may be difficult or confusing and makes it more user friendly, especially for visual learners. The use of technology has allowed for more people to become visual learners, so the use of visuals and text combined makes for an effective product. The graphics and visuals provide a relatable, informal look for the information—some users might even say this makes them think that it is easier to use versus a professional, plain, and seemingly difficult text. The graphics are not only user friendly—but also help to leave a lasting image in the user’s head, almost like a logo that makes you remember a store or brand name.
Overall, the graphics that were used on this website were extremely interactive, fun/interesting to use, and allowed us to grasp the information and trends that were represented because of the visual devices.
Marisa, Brittany, Jordan, Lucie