One of the problems with WWW pages is that they become a little tired-looking after you've used them for a while, and it is thus important to update them at regular intervals. Over the past few weeks I've been using the CNDS page with students, and I discovered that it needs a stronger banner. It is strange also to see your WWW pages from a distance, as you see that pages require strong banners to give them a forceful image. So I've changed the page from:
The old banner was:
which doesn't really provide much of a focal point, so I used a basic graphic (a blue graphic with http://www on it) and some clip-art (the leaping man) to produce:
The graphic of the person leaping is meant to signify the complete coverage of networks and the Internet, from network topology and infrastructure, to WWW presentation. I tried a rainbow, but the colors just didn't work against the blues and yellows of the page.
The cnds@napier logo is now much stronger than the Computer Networks and Distributed Systems title. I also think that the colours integrate better into the rest of the page. The yellow didn't really work against the blues of the rest of the page, but the one thing that I've found that it takes a relatively long time to find out if something works, or not. Many designers have developed skills in knowing if something work, but unfortunately most of us have not developed these skills, so it takes a while for us to realise the difference between good design and bad design.
The NOS banner has also been made stronger with:
which replaces the tired-looking:
The new graphic uses the key as a symbol, as this identifies the emphasis on security, as we've increased the amount of security in the module. This includes an in-depth coverage of ACLs and encryption. The other symbol is one which shows a person flying around the world. This is meant to signify the interconnection of networks around the world.
I've also tried to re-enforce the main sections by inserting stronger delimiters for the main sections, such as:
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