For this post I will be reviewing the news section of NPR.org.
Overall, I think this website does follow Krug’s five guidelines for capturing audience’s attention. I think it has a good flow and it is obvious what is of descending importance on the page. I also think the separate topics featured on the website are clearly defined an accessible in multiple ways, which makes the user experience even easier. The only problem I think this website has with the five guidelines might be that noise could potentially be minimized more, but I don’t think this is the worst case of clutter I have ever experienced on a news site. It is certainly more simple than many of the other sites I frequently read.
I also like that on the home page, each story has a corresponding photo with it. I think this visual element adds to the organization, and the photo also makes me want to read the story more.
I also think the sidebar adds a lot of useful information and options for the website. I like that there is a rolling bar of AP updates but there are also links to blogs and the more specific topics that NPR covers.
If I had to change usability I would make the menu within the news section different. I think these tiny links are kind of weird and don’t really fit the design of the rest of the website. I think this could be better integrated into the website, like maybe a dropdown from the black news tab at the top.