Sunday, October 14, 2007

If Websites Could Talk

Tis’ the season, to be pulling your hair out and knocking back vats of coffee to keep sleep at bay. That’s right boys and girls the college application season is upon us. Many of you are in the midst of this harrowing process and for those of you, who think this is a distant part of your future, reconsider your naive position. College applications much like the cheetahs of Africa stalk their pray. They pounce suddenly and swiftly, leaving a wake of blood and tears behind. Narrowing down the list of colleges is half the battle, figuring out how to do this is the other half. One could spend countless hours visiting, touring, and talking to various colleges or, one could simply review the college website. How much can you tell about a college by it’s website? Everything and more.

~Community College. What a wide variety of students their website represents. Their website says “We’re tech savvy, we’re sporty and artsy but above all, we’re peaceful.” By book ending the image of a student meditating with images of an athlete and an artist, this website scream WELL ROUNDED. I thoroughly enjoyed the photograph of the light through the leaves. Had there not been the link underneath pledging to go green, the photo would have been very out of place. Despite the link that provides context, I look at this picture and think, “you know I could go to WCC and lay under a tree in beautiful lighting and things will be just peachy.” ( )

~Art schools. Naturally you would expect them to have outstanding visual websites, and you could be correct. School of Visual Arts based in New York City goes above and beyond other art schools. Instead of having a plain background SVA has a patterned backdrop with art and students sporadically placed through out. That’s right, go to SVA and your life becomes a trippy backdrop. Instead of having stationary images and links like many other schools there is a constant stream of student work, upcoming exhibits and quotes. After viewing the website for an extended period of time I began to feel sensory overload set in, the average viewer I suspect would be both engaged and impressed with the website. ( )


Dannilicious said...

you make a valid point I hate when I go on certain college websites and see this !@#@$%#@. Just be honest bout the college please.

james bond said...

I hate doing that stuff. I have so many friends who just constantly go to colleges, I don't see the point of going to more than five.