Wheels of Progress, a 501(C)3 organization, has a simple mission “to create affordable, accessible, supportive housing and transformative environments for people with physical disabilities.” One may not have guessed this noble cause from first impressions of its website. Here are a few suggestions to update and modernize, Wheels of Progress:
1. “Splash pages” or “splash screens” are antiquated, to put it gently. The animation is cute, but it would be more appropriate elsewhere. The same goes with the Windows 95-esque pop-up as well.
2. Color schemes are very important to keep in mind when designing a website. Lime/neon green, black, and white may be excellent for visibility, but it instantly ages the site and is very harsh for those without visual impairment.
Even if the only change were a switch to a more “relaxed” shade of green, things would look slicker immediately.
4. Change out the main homepage graphic (black/green, below) for a recent event photo. You have wonderful photographs on your events page, but they’re buried to the causal web surfer.
Compliments go to the videos with thumbnails on the homepage, a clear and concise mission statement, and straightforward organization of all of the data and stories the organization wants to tell.
Are my suggestions accurate? What would you change about the Wheels of Progress website?
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