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...

Digital Built Environment Description: ArtsATL

ArtsATL was founded in 2009, and was actually first named ArtsCriticsATL. It consists of nine different sections that are all labeled on the menu bar on the top of the website. This website is chalked full of reviews, commentaries, and news on the different forms of art in Atlanta such as music, theater,  dance, visual art, and a few others. It has an easy accessible layout with the different areas of interest at the top on the menu bar, and the related articles and what not listed on each different section’s page. On every page of the website, there are also adds down the right side that have to do with different art events going on. Overall, I find the website very busy, but easy to navigate. On the menu bar, the first section is the genre “ART+ DESIGN”.Then the following five genres on the menu bar are “MUSIC”, “DANCE”, “THEATER”, “BOOKS”, and “FILM”. Each of these six genres have the exact same layouts, but different stories and articles that are related to its genre. After the different genres, there are three more tabs: “CALENDAR”, “ABOUT + CONTACT”, and “DONATE”. These three sections are different from the genre ones. The calendar page is all about upcoming events no matter what genre the event is related to. The about and contact page gives some background information to the website and tells about all of the people who help make the website what it is. Lastly, the donate page gives the viewers of the site an opportunity to help fund the organization. ArtsATL is aimed towards the people who have interest...

Digital Built Environment Description: Digital Record 2

This is the page for the section “Art + Design” on the website Arts ATL. It has some of the most recent stories about art in Atlanta. The images chosen for each story actually allow the colors to easily transition from black and white to several different colors as you  scroll down the page. This page, just like the others also includes the adds for things having to do with...
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