Web Design

There is nothing more annoying than pulling up a website on your phone and half of the screen not showing because the site isn’t compatible with the device that you are using. It is especially bad when the physical museum or site that you are visiting directs you to the online site and it doesn’t work properly. Although the baby boomers might not agree, in this day and age most businesses (including physical museums and historic sites) need a properly working and view-able online presence.


I never thought of myself as a digital historian and never thought of having to know how to play around with web designs until this class. Trevor Owens is correct to say that graduate school is about identifying yourself through your work and having projects that challenge you in that way. It will be interesting to see how much I actually enjoy web design through the project for this semester.

After reading the articles this week I have a better understanding of what needs to go into a physical space’s web presence. As explained in Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug all of the worker that goes into websites might actually be over looked because of the short attention span of the viewers today. This fact makes me really sad, like Kim K. crying face sad. All of the hard work that goes into the website could be overlooked by the viewers.cry



Steve also suggests three problems to viewers online presence: 1. We don’t read. We skim. 2. We satisfice instead of making optimal choices. and 3. We muddle through things instead of figuring out how they work. These are problems that I have never thought of before but that make complete sense. I do all of these things but I didn’t realize it until I read them here. These are also suggestions that I will take when completing the final project for this class.

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I am a graduate student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying Public History.

2 thoughts on “Web Design”

  1. You discussed one of the readings I found particularly interesting, and that is Trevor Owens article. You stated that before this class you never had to think about webdesign. Has this project slightly altered how you plan to practice Public History? Do you see yourself as a Digital Historian now that you have some experience or rather some insight as to what goes into creating digital platforms?


    1. So you know when you tell an academic historian that you’re a public historian and how they say “O yea, I worked in a museum before” but you know that they probably don’t know the theories and techniques that you have learned through your training and it annoys you? That’s the reason that even after this class I still wouldn’t call myself a digital historian. That was a long example for a short answer but that was the easiest way to say how I feel. LOL. Just because I may learn techniques that help my future in Public History by completing this project I don’t know that I would still be comfortable labeling myself as a Digital Public Historian.


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