Information Communication Design: 5 Star Review

Hi,

As apart of the Information Communication Design Brief you have to do a 5 star review on a range of websites but they have to be in the same category, for example Sport and then you have to create a criteria for the website to for fill then you review each part of it.

So this is what im doing :

Game Retailers –

  • Game
  • GameStop
  • CeX
  • Grainger Games

and the criteria that i have assigned each website is :

  • Content
  • Navigation
  • Layout

and here is my First website for reviews.

Game Website ( http://www.game.co.uk/ )

Screen Shot 2013-01-05 at 20.20.59

Content –

  • Content is relevant to their market
  • All vital deals are expressed so the user can identify their market
  • Apart from the general games content there is also news articles at the bottom of the front page for the users to catch up. So game have thought while they are browsing their games they can read news.

Overall score for Content is :  5star

Navigation –

  • Drop down navigation
  • Navigation Bar apart of the header, very accessible knows that if the user wants to change page he can just go to the top of the page.
  • Every option in the navigation is relevant and is in the right option
  • Navigation bar is in the colour of the brand

Overall score for Navigation is :  5star

Layout –

  • Choice of colours match the brand
  • Content is well laid out in a box formation
  • Notable header and footer
  • Content all in the middle
  • Picture slider below the navigation

Overall score for Layout is :  5star

and the the overall rating for the full website is : 5star

Grainger Games ( http://www.graingergames.co.uk/ )

Screen Shot 2013-01-05 at 20.44.31

Content –

  • Content is relevant with no just games, also with phones, tablets ect
  • Text is hard to see over the picture slider
  • A bit of flash has been used to deliver their offers

Overall score for Content is :

4star

Navigation –

  • 2 lots of Navigation one above the header which is accessible and one below.
  • Top navigation is used for business, for example jobs etc and the second one is used for the content within the website, for example consoles etc

Overall score for Navigation is :

4star

Layout –

  • Two much going on, on the front page with flash spinning everywhere etc.
  • Background works well with the footer, so when you scroll down it sits on the footer. Very well thought out

Overall score for Layout is :

4star

and the overall rating for Grainger Games  is :

4star

Cex ( http://uk.webuy.com/)

Screen Shot 2013-01-05 at 20.55.07

Content –

  • Content is laid out in its form that it will be when browsing for a specific search
  • No deals stand out, no offers
  • Makes sure the user is secure

Overall score for Content is :

3star

Navigation –

  • Stacked drop down navigation
  • Navigation’s real boxy
  • Below the header

Overall score for Navigation is :

3star

Layout –

  • Not much to look at
  • Background resembles brands logo
  • Layout is more about the products not like your giving deals out
  • No Flash has been implemented to make the website look good, just the navigation.

Overall score for Layout is :

2star

And the overall score for CeX is :

3.5star

GameStop ( http://www.gamestop.co.uk/ )

Screen Shot 2013-01-05 at 21.08.47

Content –

  • Deals are highlighted
  • Consoles are separated out
  • Content is relevant to each console
  • Great colour choices for each console and they match their brand

Overall score for Content is :  5star

Navigation –

  • Login at the top and navigation of the website below the header like some of the websites I have reviewed
  • Drop down navigation is long but offers a ‘what’s option‘ which no other offers.

Overall score for Navigation is :  5star

Layout –

  • Laid out the same as the game website
  • Logo looks squashed
  • To much boxes on the front page and then is separated by a subscribe now
  • No colour choice apart from the logo which is black and red, when the navigation is grey but the background is red

Overall score for Layout is :

2star

Overall rating for GameStop is :

4star

And the overall winner is Game, it doesn’t surprise me or anyone else to be fair because they will or if they are already not the number 1 game retailer, recently just taken over Gamestation and the amount of money they will put in making a website fit for their customers will be mega money. Congratulations Game.

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