The site is laid out with a collection of modules- this lets there be photos with each displayed article, and have the website maintain a sense of order and structure. There is a larger hero article, where they highlight the latest post. The website works on an infinite scroll, always displaying more modules of articles. The guides section functions the same way. While this does supply the user with an endless stream of content, it does sacrifice the footer section of the website, and thus the social links, about us, and contact links have to move to the top of the page, and falling back in importance. The social links appear in the individual articles as well, so they aren't hidden.
I chose to look at the article- “Guide to local music at Summerfest, week 1 by Molly Snyder. I chose this because I have never attended Summerfest, and have a big interest in music, as well as discovering local/new artists. This article seems to function more as an itinerary- simply listing the artists and their time slot on the stage they are preforming. While I was expecting to read up on some acts performing, this article would still be useful if I was attending the event and wanted to make sure I didn't miss the performances I wanted to see.
The structure of this sight is similar, with some variance. The static hero image is replaced with an image carousel rotating through 5 featured articles, all from different categories. The articles are no longer contained in modules, and just feature images with headlines and a deck underneath. Something I immediately noticed when attempting to navigate the site is that the images don't act as links to the articles, only clicking the headline will bring you to the article. On the homepage, the articles are organized into sections, (news, lifestyle, music, etc.) and while the page isn't an infinite scroll, each section has a “View More” button that can be continually clicked to show previous articles.
I selected the “This week in Milwaukee: Aug.26-Sep.1, 2021” By Blaine Schulz. This was a brief article, featuring events through til the 28th. It includes images as well as embedded videos as promotion for the live music, festivals and events.
This website made me disable my ad blocker before gaining access to the site, so it loses some points there. This website has the least organized structure so far, just being a long list of horizontal segments. The website lacks any intentional styling and feels pretty bare bones.
I selected the article “When Will We Get Reform of Police?” as this is a subject I am strongly passionate about, and was curious of the opinion. This was also the first OP ED I had seen displayed. The piece was considerably longer than any I had read previous, But I found this reading to be the easiest to complete. Angela Lang wrote the piece in an honest and vulnerable way, explaining the struggles of being a black community leader working for change.
While the website does have some weird display issues when I was viewing it, the site is easy to navigate and understand. There are quite a few typefaces being used, and while I think they could be reduced, the number of mismatching types feels reminiscent of older physical newsprint.
I chose the article, “Tom Barrett Watch: Here’s What You Suddenly Need to Know About Luxembourg” By Chris Drosner I found out that Milwaukee's mayor of 17 years is on the verge of being elected as the US ambassador for Luxembourg. The article explained some characteristics of the country, and compared them to the same statistics about Milwaukee, and despite being an independent country, the GDP, population, and hobby of drinking were all comparable to our home city.
This site was the most designed I'd seen so far, having a stylized header, and interesting layout choices while keeping a consistent style. It features a mix of full width horizontal images, sections broken into thirds, symmetric and asymmetric layouts. The homepage scrolls and has a footer with the subscription information and a CTA to sign up.
The article I selected was “Eric Clapton, Guitarist for Baby Boomers, Releases Protest Song for Anti-Vaxxers”, by Dana Libelson I chose this article just because I thought it was a joke when I saw the headline, but it was real, and they even linked the music video right in the article, so I could hear the track for myself. A lot of the contents of the article seemed to poke fun at the political take happening here, and it seems that's generally how the song was received.