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New NoMA website

I really appreciate, that my academy is remaking the website, anyways, there is room for improvement in following areas:

  1. design consistency
  2. semantics
  3. readability

Design Consistency:

In the menu on the left, there are rounded boxes and dropshadows, nowhere else, the background image varies for widget boxes on the right and the overall background. The style of the icons (compare top right to social media) and also the headlines to the right vary a lot. Some of them are type, some are images.


The whole left main navigation is one picture. It is not optimizeable for search engines and uses an image map. No HTML5 elements are used at all, which would also improve machine readability. Headlines are not in <h1> to <h6> tags.


The font for the headlines is very thick and not easy to read, especially not when it gets below 30px. In the lower corner there is even some “webfont” logo, I recommend checking out The background image is very noisy and too intense for good readability.


I’m not mad about that my portfolio is not featured, I just point out the things that really struck me. I hope my critique is perceived in the respectful way it is meant to be.

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2 Responses to “New NoMA website”

  1. Max says:

    I agree with you on the fact that the academy really needed a new site.
    I also want to comment on the new sitemap and navigational structure, which makes a lot more sense than the old one, and is hence easier to navigate.

    …But the design? I must say that FrontPage was the first word to cross my mind; primarily due to the background image and the image maps.
    I would have been a lot more understanding towards the design and colour scheme, were it released on the first of April, but now it just leaves me baffled.

    So thank you for posting this. I hope that this website is a work in progress, and that the constructors will be open for suggestions.

    • One of the issues I mentioned on twitter earlier is already fixed, so I think there will be more improvement, as far as that CMS allows it. Maybe they don’t have the possibility to edit the DOM structure, so some parts may remain a little unoptimised.

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