Blog Post One: Critiquing a Journalism Site

This Wired.com story package covers the process of how building a black hole for the movie Interstellar led to a scientific discovery.

The story sounds like it could be confusing for nonscientists, but Wired organizes the story via the popular scroll method to easily explain and tell the story. Overall the site is easy to navigate since it’s based on the scroll up/down function of the mouse. It is also easy on the eyes as the colors of the story are simple and match the space-like tone of the story. The story is engaging because as you scroll, you come upon different media including large, still images and videos that you click on to start. Some scroll websites have the videos start automatically once you scroll, but with this story you have to actually click it if you want to watch it. This function could be good or bad for readers. Some people may like the automatic start, or they may like to finish the story and go back to the video without being interrupted by automatic video and sound playing. My only complaint about the story package was when scrolling on the page, some of the media wouldn’t show up so I had to refresh the page several times for the images and graphics to reappear. On the initial image of the site, you can scroll over an arrow that tells you to “go down” if you don’t know that the story is based on scrolling down.

The story wouldn’t be complete without the different kinds of media that Wired added to the package. Even though there could be more photos and videos to view, the story has an ample amount of photos, video and graphics that matches the length of the story (the additional media doesn’t outnumber the story copy). As you scroll toward the bottom, there’s an additional section on the package that links to other black hole stories on Wired.com.

When looking at the story package, you can immediately tell what the topic of the site is by reading the initial headline, which is the first thing you see after you click on the story. The headline is accompanied by a large, compelling image of a black hole. The title image sets the tone of the rest of the story to come. Ultimately the simple and modern design elements reflect the story content well as the story talks about the modern topic of space and science.

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-Madison Alcedo

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2 thoughts on “Blog Post One: Critiquing a Journalism Site

  1. I love when a science story is made into something easy to understand like this piece. Of course it is Wired, so it’s going to have their mark of greatness.

    Although, I feel like they could have done a little more with the content. By this point, I am sure the cool scrolling fade over a picture is second nature for the people over at Wired. I do appreciate how they used the full screen images. They are very striking and are played well at such a large size.

    I agree that the colors were a good choice. They match the tone of the entire piece and keep the consistency of the space-like feel.

    I also agree that the auto play could be a pro or a con. I’m sure whenever a designer plans a piece like this, deciding to have auto play is always a tough choice. As a reader, I am not a big fan of auto play, so I appreciate the decision that was made.

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  2. I agree with the previous comment. The story it very interesting, I’m disappointed they didn’t play around with the content more. I do like the videos they included, and the text was large and clear for any reader to read.

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