Monthly Archives: September 2012

My Experience with Cacoo

As a frequent user of the Internet, I have great experience online. I have been acquainted with many websites. Some of these websites are just for fun. Others are those that help me with written work, reports, and even art.

Are you new to Cacoo?

After such a long time of exploring the Internet and doing new things, I was finally introduced to Cacoo by Professor Katz. I thought that I knew about most of the helpful sites since my time in the Introduction to New Media Class. I am now a new user of Cacoo, and this site has now been added to my list of websites that can help me build many first drafts.

How did you find the interface and usability to be?

While using Cacoo, I realized that it was easy to use. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to maneuver things on the site. Everything was straight- forward. I actually had fun using Cacoo. It wasn’t only about the first experience that I was  having, but it was about the interface and how fun it was creating my sitemap in Cacoo. Most first time things usually give you a challenge. Challenges are fun at times, but when you just want to get in something and start working on it, you really don’t have time to figure a challenge out. That’s what Cacoo wasn’t. I didn’t have to figure it out before I started working on my map. As I visualized something that I wanted to put on paper, I saw a helpful tool staring me right in the face on Cacoo’s site.

Would you use it for other applications, if so, when might you use it?

In the future, Cacoo will be used to help me build diagrams. For example, aside from my sitemap, I have used Cacoo to build diagrams for other classes already. A person like me that has difficulty with writing neatly and drawing can benefit a lot from a site like Cacoo. I now have a better way to communicate my work clearly to professors, classmates, and colleagues.

Please include any other thoughts or comments you have about web-diagram tool.

After using Cacoo, I realize how convenient many of these web-diagram tools are. When I finished building my sitemaps, and my two other diagrams that I needed for classes, it was really helpful to see how neat, clear, and concise my work came out to be. As a Mass Communications major, Cacoo will cut down a lot of time when it comes to drafting things. Other people that work with me may even find it easier to understand the vision that I may have for a future project, campaign, or even another website.

This web-diagram tool shows how updated the Internet is becoming. There is so much help provided on the web, and I’m actually thankful that I have had experience with Cacoo, which will be a huge help to me.

 

USER-FRIENDLY VS. NON USER-FRIENDLY

Prior to reading Jakob Nielsen’s Usability and the Top 10 Design Web Mistakes, I had similar ideas to what makes sites User-Friendly and what makes sites completely unbearable for online users. After reading his excerpt, I took what he said into consideration whenever I searched websites. The first website that I would definitely call User-Friendly would be http://www.nailpro.com/. This site first offers a search engine that makes it easy to search for something that you want to see right away, rather than searching through the whole page.According to Jakob Nielsen, “Search is the most important way users discover websites. Search is also one of the most important ways users find their way around individual websites.” Secondly, there is a variety of pictures and not blocks of words that will confuse the reader. Again Nielsen tells us that “A wall of text is deadly for an interactive experience. Intimidating. Boring. Painful to read.” It’s a very equal combination of words and pictures that will not automatically give the user a headache. They also have separate tabs, subheads, and everything is well-organized. When links on the site are clicked, the colors are changed as well. This site makes it extremely easy for a user to find exactly what they are looking for.

The foodnetwork.com is also a user friendly site. It includes a search engine, which I consider one of the most important things on a site because it allows for the user to search for what they want in a reasonable time frame.There are separations of tabs, subheads, headings, and links that change color when they are clicked on. The page has a large amount of space and pictures that are not only consumed with words. It is very inviting for outside users.“A wall of text is deadly for an interactive experience. Intimidating. Boring. Painful to read,” according to Nielsen. With this site, they did the opposite of the “boring, intimidating, painful to read site.

A non user-friendly website would be http://www.rainbowshops.com. Fortunately Rainbow is a clothing store, that is very successful. Although the website is not clustered with words,it doesn’t have enough available to provide what people may need to know. Their links are within their text, but there is no contrast to show that they are links.Jakob Nielsen tells us that “When visited links don’t change color, users exhibit more navigational disorientation in usability testing and unintentionally revisit the same pages repeatedly.” This can make searching and visiting a site annoying and less  enjoyable.There is also no search engine site provided for one to go look up information quickly if they weren’t interested in carefully scrolling through the site.“Search is the most important way users discover websites. Search is also one of the most important ways users find their way around individual websites.” Because there isn’t a search engine available, it makes searching and exploring a taunting experience.

Another non user-friendly website is http://www.foresitetech.com/. This site is basically a synopsis on web development. It has a search engine and different tabs, however, a big thing that people look for is graphics on a website. This website has a lot of notes written throughout the whole site. It is too much for a user to read. It will make them uninterested in what the site is about, or they may even miss the point. The links that are within the text is also looks like its the same as the text, so there is really no contrast. It would not be easy for someone to tell that there are click-able links.