Have you been inside the museum?

Time for another critique. Today we’re going to look at the websites of two museums – the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Bad Art. I chose these two in particular because they’re so different, and also because I just felt like it.

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Let’s start with the Art Institute of Chicago, a fancy place full of cultural collections and historical goodies. Their website lands on a page that doesn’t scroll, featuring a large slider with full-screen images. Looks pretty classy. As opposed to other websites that bombard you with information and menus and clickable areas, this one contains all navigation options in a single menu bar at the top, with drop down menus that appear when you hover over them. This kind of organization makes me happy. What doesn’t make me as happy is the slider text that appears over the image. Certain images with lots of contrast make the words difficult to read and decreases the accessibility of the site. This could be fixed with a gradient or subtle drop shadow to help bring out the words. Click here to view Chicago’s pretty page.

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On a completely different note, let’s talk about the Museum of Bad Art. Apparently they stuck with their theme of “terrible” and created this awful monstrosity of a website. Text too small to read, ugly colours, little-to-no hierarchy… and it’s not responsive. Don’t look at it if you don’t have to… but if you have to, click here.

Until next time!


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