Saturday, July 08, 2006

Graphics on Link-Rich Home Pages

To use or not to use graphics on a home page ...

"As we continue to answer the many questions that cropped up in our recent Virtual Seminar on Home Page Design, we turn our attention to the issue of graphics on home pages.

During the session, I hammered home (beat a dead horse?) about the idea of link-rich home pages, making the recommendation that designers strongly consider populating their home pages with dozens, if not hundreds, of useful links, making the site contents as visible from the home page as possible. I pointed to many of the examples in the recent UIEtips article, Lifestyles of the Link-Rich Home Pages, such as McMaster-Carr and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During the seminar, several participants asked about graphics on these link-rich pages. “Do you see a role for graphics in this link-rich world?” was a common question.

To answer this question, we have to discuss what we mean by graphics. As we talked about in our report, Designing for the Scent of Information, you can categorize graphics into three types:

* Navigation Graphics: which provide scent to the user in a graphical form.
* Content Graphics: which communicate information directly to the user.
* Decorative Graphics: which designers use to help with the mood, show professionalism, organize the page, help strengthen the brand engagements, and other nefarious purposes."   continued ...   (Via UIE Brain Sparks)

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