Tracking activity levels is not a new phenomenon. In Japan in the 1960s Dr Yoshiro Hantano developed a pedometer called a ‘manpo-kei’, or 10,000 steps meter. Although fitness has always been a part of Japan’s cultural heritage Dr Hantano was concerned about the rise in obesity after the war. Worried they may be in danger of importing unhealthy diet options from the west which could threaten their traditional healthy diet and renowned longevity. He based his ideas on an easy way to calculate the number of calories burned during exercise to help people improve their life.
His research is similar to that of today where he suggested that the average person walked 3,500 to 5,000 steps each day. He then calculated that if this daily total increased to around 10,000 then it might be possible to burn off approximately 500+ extra calories and perhaps lose up to 20 kilograms in a year! Thus the 10,000 step regime was born.
Although the current website is functional it is very white and not very inspiring and it doesn’t promote the caravan site or the area very well to potential holidaymakers. The site is very dated I created it approximately 3.5 years ago and at this time I had no real knowledge of the user experience and designed it mainly to give the user what I thought they would want to view. Through my studies on this course I now know this is not the case and the user experience is key.
The website was developed using WordPress and is hosted by Heart Internet, it is responsive and accessible to mobile and tablet users as well as traditional desktop users.
I asked a number of viewers of the site what they thought of it and these are the points that came up:
- too white
- too much text – overwhelming amount of information is difficult to take in and read especially on viewing the site from a mobile device on the road. Users easily get bored and move on
- not enough pictures
- not inspiring does not make you want to go and stay there!
Home page of current site below:
The current local area page below is totally uninspiring and on its own would not draw people to the area. Although it is informative in that it tells users where the places of interest are with links to their individual websites it is not a good user experience.