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#1 Oct 02 2012 at 6:25 PM Rating: Excellent
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What is up with the slim content frames these days? 50% of the website is just background wallpaper. And that header is far too big.1 It's taking up 30% of the middle frame (per page - yes, I've been measuring).

By the way, I'd change the front (index) page a bit. People should not have to scroll down and click a link to get to the stuff they're there for in the first place.2 You've already got a button in the menu that takes you to the class_spec.htm page, but it's called "Restart Selections." Rename it to "Guides" and you're done.

I'd also contact Compusitions and ask them to put "Back" buttons on every page. Webdesign 101: Put a "Back" button on every page (except the index page).3 That was one of the very first things I was taught back when I studied website design. Always give the user a way to "undo" whatever they did.

And yes, I've been trying to make the ZAM designers understand that for the last couple of years, but as the advertisement frames clearly show, they don't listen to me when it comes to designing this stuff. Instead we have this micro-breadcrumb thing which is sophisticated and therefore better. /sigh


1 Designing Headers
2 Five Rules of Effective Website Navigation
        "The most common location of a button bar is across the top of the page,
        as users should not have to scroll down to navigate further into your site."
3 The Back Button - How People Use Websites


Edited, Oct 3rd 2012 2:26am by Mazra
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