Digital Built Environment Images, Signage, etc. (CDC.gov)

http://sites.gsu.edu/myoung59/files/2016/04/CDC-1iints7.mp4 Here’s a video that showcases the basic structure of the website. The website is broken up into drop-down menus, a giant banner, and different sections. The main colors of the website are blue and white, which provide a calming effect. It appears minimalistic and is easy to navigate. No flashy colors, effects, or sounds. Here’s a picture of a family of non-whites outside, advertising National Minority Month. This gives me the impression that the CDC is interested in the health of minorities. To stretch it a little further, it seems to promote extended families as well. Here’s a picture of the main banner that is the center stage of the www.CDC.gov site. Easy to see and it features what I presume to be what the CDC believes is the most important. At the present moment that is the Zika virus and how it affects the unborn. Here’s a picture of a white woman working on something while wearing protective goggles, earmuffs, and an apron with the caption “Improving Workplace Safety and Health”. This gives me the impression that the CDC is interested in appealing women from all different job occupations, even ones where they’re a very small minority....

Digital Built Environment Description: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The site I am describing is the www.CDC.gov, the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is situated in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDC itself was created in 1946 and its original purpose was to continue the work started by the World War II Malaria Control in War Areas program; a program created to help fight Malaria here in the United States. However, since then the scope of the CDC has expanded to encompass all diseases (Parascandola). The color scheme of the website is blue and white, which provides a calming and reassuring effect on me. The colors also invoke in me the idea of cleanliness. These are the same kind of colors one would expect to see in a hospital, and I believe they serve the website well as opposed to a color like green, which would dredge up ideas of disease and death. The latter would give me the impression that the CDC is doing such a bad job at containing disease that even their own website has been infected. The site is divided up into the categories: Outbreaks, News, CDC in Action, and About CDC. There are drop-down menus for the following topics: Diseases & Conditions, Healthy Living, Traveler’s Health, Emergency Preparedness, and More CDC Topics. The website makes use of a giant banner at the top of the page that focuses on what I presume the CDC believes is currently paramount—which is presently the Zika virus. All these topics are apparent on the front page and they indicate why one might visit the www.CDC.gov. http://sites.gsu.edu/myoung59/files/2016/04/CDC-1iints7.mp4 Here’s a one-minute clip showing the color and organization of...

My Take On The CDC.

The CDC Website From My Eyes. “Civilized. Simple. Straightforward.” These are the three words that I would use to summarize the CDC website. My adventure starts at the homepage of the CDC site where I was greeted with a large banner advertising “Zika Virus”. Immediately I began to question how much I knew about the virus and felt compelled to click on the banner since it advertised that it would provide me with the information I was seeking. This method of using large letters, combined with neutral but attention grabbing colors is an effective way to capture the attention of users going to the website. The second thing that caught my attention was the layout of the website. Most of the site is blue or green combined with white lettering. The site also integrates images which are usually followed by brief captions justifying the context of the image. Everything about the CDC website’s layout is very simplistic and repetitive. This simplistic styling can also been seen in educational and most professionally oriented websites. While this may be a good thing, as the use of basic colors and backgrounds helps prevent the user from becoming distracted, it also can make everything seemed cluttered. For example, in the picture below, the repetitive use of blue backgrounds and white lettering makes everything blend in. As a result, less sticks out at the viewer and everything becomes blurred together. However, this layout may be beneficial to more mature age groups, as that seems like the target audience of the CDC website. Personally, this layout made me feel fatigued as I encounter it consistently with other websites on...

CDC Digital Record: #5

This is the media part of the CDC. The color scheme changed from blue to green, however, the same font and format is used for everything else. To the left is a picture and a banner that usually represents the most covered issue. To the right are links to journal summaries and press kits with contact information below. At the bottom of the page lies three small and vaguely detailed categories with help on how to view the formats present on the...

CDC Digital Record: #4

I decided to explore the search feature of the CDC website. As seen in previous records, there is a search bar in the top left corner. I decided to search AIDS and see what it provided me with. Essentially the search bar uses Bing, as can seen below, and finds what you searched for. However, the results seemed to be filtered to all connect to the CDC...

CDC Digital Record: #3

This is the career/hiring part of the CDC website. In the middle of the page, you have the option to search for jobs at the CDC by keyword and location. This is convenient and hassle-free way to search for a job as it shows you whats available as well as the distance it is from you. The rest of the page focuses on describing the different categories of jobs available at the CDC, hiring information, applications and a series of videos about the people who currently work at the CDC....
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