Vice: The “Definitive Guide to Enlightening Information”

Say hello to Vice.com. Some people debate its merit as a news source, but that’s what it’s supposed to be. I mean, it is the quote-unquote guide to enlightening information, so hopefully you feel enlightened after reading the content.

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Personally, I can’t jive with Vice’s website. It’s okay. It’s not the worst. The colors are very neutral: black and white with a little gray (with the exception of any photos from stories), which I appreciate.

The hierarchy is decently clear. The top story of the day is large, front and center, and then everything else proceeds down the home page in chronological order. My biggest complaint with the front page is that it’s an infinity page. Personal preference here, but I abhor infinity scroll. I find it extremely overwhelming because I prefer to be able to hit the end of a page, which is impossible on an infinity page.

IT NEVER ENDS.
IT NEVER ENDS.

The search button is sort of easy to find – it’s in the top bar that holds all of the navigation.

On the navigation, however, it feels exceptionally cluttered. There’s not enough space for all of the options. Some are faded out, others don’t even fully make it on to the bar. Also, the different sections (Watch, Sections, Photos, etc.) are intended to be hovered over. There are a couple issues with this:

1) Sometimes the hover feature doesn’t work because the page isn’t properly loaded, so it becomes very unclear that you’re supposed to hover and not click on the section.

2) If you don’t know that and you click it preemptively (like me), then you’re taken to that section’s page. If you’re not trying to go there, this can be annoying because then you’re taken to a page you weren’t trying to go to in the first place. Bring on the back button.

3) Not every section is intended to be hovered over, so there’s an inconsistency. It’s a gamble as to whether you should click or hover. “To click or to hover?” The question of the day.

It is easy to go back to the home page, however, since all you have to do is click the “Vice” logo, which is decently intuitive. Especially if you’ve visited the site before.

The site is malleable, which is nice. So if you’re in a a different window size everything switches to the left, with the menu accessible from the left upper-hand side.

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The menu is intended to be clicked, not hovered over, so again on the gamble of click vs. hover. But it’s more simplistic, which I appreciate.

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I actually prefer the smaller version of the website. I find it less cluttered and easier to navigate.

So overall, this website suffices. It works, it’s snarky, it’s Vice.

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