This is the 3rd and final product that we have made is a website to showcase our band. In our website, we included a page about VICE, a page with their discography, a page for their tours, a shop and a contact page. These are all conventional pages of a media website.
About the band:
Combining images, text, sound and video. Using ICT to combine multimedia material. The integration of multimedia content.
The use of ICT is well shown, However, there are some font inconsistencies such as the dome of the page titles are in different fonts and some do not connote the conventions of the genre, which could change the audience’s view of our band. There is the integration of multimedia content, images, text, sound and video, but they aren’t used very often.
Page layout/ design supports interaction. A call to action and brand.
The page layout is good and allows for the audience to interact with features. the brand is communicated throughout due to the use of the band name ‘VICE’ being at the top of each page. There is a well-shown call to action, this is seen through the use of a subscription page on the bottom of each of the pages, and a shop to buy the bands products.
A clear system of navigation
The navigation system is located in the top left of each page and can be used efficiently and effectively. There is however a lack of news section the first page which is not conventional of musical websites.
Create a news section so that the band’s audience can get regular updates on the band’s music and events.
Change the page colouring so that they match and are more suitable for the intended genre.
Create more merch designs to be added to the shop.
Update digipack imagery to the most recent version
This task was needed to help me and my partner to understand the importance of the different parts of websites in our chosen genre and how the audience interacts with them. The website that we chose to look at was the Red Hot Chilli Peppers website. They have a unique style to there website, due to there incorporation of bees to help promote awareness in the declining number of bees. Whilst going through there websites we noticed that many of the aspects of there website followed the audience theory of user gratifications by Blumler and Katz, through there use of these we understood how important it was for us to make our website interactive and engaging. It also helped us to remember to follow the conventions of our genre so that the audience gets the predicted pleasure out of it.
This is an image of me and my partner’s plan of how our website is going to be the layout of the website, to create this we decided to use a hand-drawn diagram. To start off our plan we began with a homepage, which we decided would include a news section, a navigation bar and a hero shot. The next page that we decided to have was a page called VICE, which would include information about the band and who are the band’s members. The third page is discography, this would include songs and albums which the band has produced. The fourth page would be titled Tours, this would state when the band was going on tour and the venues that they were performing at. the final page would be the shop page which is where the band’s audience can buy merchandise and the bands albums. The website would also have high interactivity with the band’s social media links on every page.
We created this so that we had a clear plan of how we were going to make each page of our website. This included topics and features. We did this to allow us to ensure that our product was made efficantly and to the best of our ability
During the planning stages of our website, we needed to learn the conventions of a website of our chosen genre. To do this we decided to split-up the home-page into 2 pages and analysis it to show what is usually on a web page above and below the fold. From doing this I have learnt that it is important to have a hero shot and a navigation bar positioned or available above the fold, whilst below the fold must include a leaderboard a consistent colour palette and when needed a button that when clicked sends you to more information about the desired subject.
By creating this analysis of website terminology it allowed me to understand the features of a website that allow it to be suited to my genre of Alternative Rock. This also allowed me to understand how to improve audience attraction to my website and the importance of each feature.