Blog Review #2: Alan’s Journeys

For my second peer review, I have been assigned Alan’s Journeys.

When first opening Alan’s site, I noticed that the design is the default template, I suggest changing it to something more representative of Alan since this site is about his journeys. In Alan’s navigation bar, he organized his Process Posts, Adventures (I assume public posts/content), Mini Assignments, Peer Reviews, and About. I find it easy to find all of his content. To the left of Alan’s navigation bar, he has his logo of a flag and a logo representing the “A” in Alan. I like that he has a logo and set it as his website icon. 

On the home page, there isn’t anything enticing relating to his content. He has a blurb that states to click on the navigation bar but has no preview of what he is journeying. He has a calendar, I am not sure what the purpose of the calendar is. Underneath the blurb and calendar, it has Alan’s popular posts. A suggestion would be to play around with the placement of everything because initially looking at the website, I don’t know what this website is about. Since Alan’s website is about fitness and food, I suggest putting more fitness and food-related imagery and incorporating it on the home page blurb or putting the popular post above the calendar.

Under the process post section, there is only one post so I cannot judge too much. I like that he referenced course readings and gave an in-depth process. 

Under the adventures section, Alan has three posts and is up to date. I like that he uses emojis for his journey of the week. He uses stars for ratings, pinpoint for location, pros and cons with thumbs up and down, and a bag of money for the price. I notice many foodie influencers doing the same with emojis. I like that each journey incorporates details of the experience with images. As an SFU student, I like that his first adventure was the new SFU dining commons, this may attract SFU students to look at his adventures. 

Under the mini assignments section, there is only one post so I cannot judge too much. Alan has a meme with no caption, I assume the meme is about him struggling with web development. I suggest adding a caption.

Under the peer reviews section, I like that Alan referenced course material. I also noticed that his idea of web building is minimalist, so my suggestions may not be relevant to Alan. 

Under the about section, Alan has a description of himself. I think he should change his picture since it is not centered, dark, and blurry (unless that is the intent). 

Overall, I think Alan can work on the theme, customization, and typography as it is the default template. Though, since Alan is aiming for a minimalist look, it is up to him if he wants to change his design. I think all the content is easily accessible but it is not up to date. I am not sure if Alan is looking to integrate social media, if so, he hasn’t.

As I stated earlier, his content on the Dining Commons can be interesting for his audience of SFU students. In the Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse reading, it states that “we don’t actually care about content. We only care about what content can do for us.” Alan shouldn’t feel pressured that he has a minimalist look, Alan should focus on what the content can do for us.

I look forward to looking at more of Alan’s Journeys!


Gertz, Travis. 2015. “Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse.”

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