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Government: Seattle Public Library 3 May 2010

Posted by Not JCVD in Design, Government, Reflection.

Seattle Public Library‘s site is quite well-designed, both from the aesthetic and performance viewpoints; though it contains a wealth of resources and information (such as languages, events, branches, catalog, etc), these are clearly and obviously organized.

The color scheme is a very un-Seattle (in a good way) array of blues, peach and sand tones, giving it a beach-like feel: reading should be as fun as a trip to the ocean! It’s clean and easy to look at, and even incorporates Facebook and other sharing mechanisms: email, Twitter, social bookmarks, etc. in the footer.

To test its usability, I decided to look for a book, HTML, XHTML, and CSS; I found it with very little effort by typing the name into the “search the library bar.” As a Seattle resident and frequent library patron, I have never had an issue with navigation on the site.

SPL’s web design adequately reflects Seattle’s tech savvy culture and community, offering a pleasant and effective user experience for its target audience.



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