Accessibility is an interesting topic to me because we frequently see websites (particularly older sites) made by professionals in certain fields (history, art, science) that are completely inaccessible due to poor coding choices. Oftentimes this is because of bright text on a garish background, dead links, autoplay audio (just why), and other aspects. It just goes to show that being an expert in one field doesn’t mean you are in all fields haha! I’m not a programmer but having my sites be accessible is important to me since I want others to stay and read my content. I decided to test the WAVE tool on my personal novel site and my class site. The class site didn’t bring forth many issues (mainly because it’s so simple, I think) but the WAVE tool did point out some issues on my novel website. My colors for my side bar are evidently too bright and this makes the menus less accessible. My art does tend to be colorful but I’ll need to find a better way to utilize it in my sidebar. I will be working on that this week! I also apparently linked my Instagram twice!
A bit of an aside, but I find it funny and kind of cute that the flashy, tacky internet graphics of the early 00s have actually become an aesthetic trend. I’ve been seeing people recreate the graphics of sites like Blingee and GeoCities as a kind of statement to their childhood!
In terms of data visualization, I quite liked the Charles Minard’s Napoleon’s March. It was well designed and easy to follow. Even for those who may not know much about this topic. Similarly, John’s blog mentioned the visualizations where you have an image that you can swipe showing before and after. I’ve always found these neat and have seen them fore things like the aftermath volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.