Peer Review #3

For our third peer review I was assigned kadunbar.com, a baking blog run by Kathleen Dunbar. Right away Kathleen’s site is welcoming and definitely gives the message of what it’s about. You’re greeted by a logo: a K wrapped in a wreath of leaves that looks like it could be the logo for a coffee shop or an independent clothing store.

The blog looks like it could be the website for a small bakery. Kathleen’s photos are very professional, and therefore bring an organized, more presentable look to the site. It’s a clean layout, white, with a header that changes between photos she’s taken of her baked goods. There’s a variety of pictures to show the diversity of her skills and tastes. There are also links at the top of the website that lead to a contact page, a link to her process posts, an about section, and a section linking to all her food posts. The photos for her mixed berry scones are gorgeous and look very professional. The powdered sugar and placement of the berries as well as the colour scheme of the photos matching the blog continues to bring a professional quality to the blog.

Kathleen also includes her social media links at the bottom of the page as a part of the footer, but as an added bonus there’s an option to save her posts to pinterest if you hover over the images on her blog. For bakers with pinterest boards this is a must and definitely an added quality to her site.

Kathleen’s website could be improved by adding more posts, but this applies to most of the blogs in this course. She’s off to a great start, and it looks like she could easily turn her blog into a professional website for a bakery if she were to make a start up one, or at least any kind of baking business. She’s also got several comments on her post and she replied to all of them, which is great to lend a hand to being a part of an online baking community. An excellent looking blog.

Peer Review #2

For my 2nd peer review I’ll be looking at the design aspects of Kaiya’s blogThe Wise Child.

On first arrival to the page, we see her title centred boldly on the screen. The caption, “In a world full of labels, where do I fit?” sits underneath and gives the viewer the impression that they’re entering a personal blog, with some elements of self reflection. Below the title are two images, one a classic painting, the other a dusty rose coloured stone. These images double as links to some of Kaiya’s posts which ad a beautiful element to her website and make her links more interesting. At the top of the website is a menu displaying an About Me section (with details about Kaiya and what she wants from the blog), a Behind the Scenes section (which details all the posiel posts and PUB 101 details) and and Aesthetic section, which link to a feed from her Tumblr account. The menu has the added effect of following you as you scroll so one doesn’t have to keep returning to the top of the screen in order to check out different posts.

Kaiya’s colour scheme of light pinks and creams gives a nice overall look to her website and I really like the addition of images to the headers and links of all her posts. It gives a visually compelling theme to make you want to read her posts further, and also hammers home the audience of the website, seemingly aimed towards women and reflecting Kaiya’s feminine personality. The images in her “Aesthetic” header help ad more of a feel towards her personality and are also matching the theme and design elements of her blog.

Over all Kaiya’s blog is beautifully laid out. If anything it would be nice to see more personal posts as well as Posiel ones to add to the theme, but from a design perspective the website is lovely.