I found Melissa Hie’s website thanks to Vandelay’s website design blog. uses a very simple approach to navigation; everything is literally a single click away!

From the Home page, you’re taken to Melissa’s portfolio of work; her websites first, then her print design.

Next, you get to learn more in her ‘About’ page, which tells you a bit about her academic background and personal tastes. If you need to know more, the next page lists out some more details about Melissa’s web design skills and even her proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia.

Saya cuma bisa bicara sedikit. =)

The last page, so to speak, is Melissa’s contact page, which is where you’ll go if you’re hella impressed by what you’ve seen.

What I like about this site is that it establishes a user journey that imitates the behavior of, say, a genuinely interested prospective employer; if you like her web design, you might want to check out her print work, too. In turn, you’ll probably be curious as to what kind of person she’s like and how you can contact her.

Well, that’s my guess as to how Melissa engineered the user experience on her site.

There are no dead-ends; each page leads you to content that you’d logically expect to see, and there’s just enough content for you to browse through to keep you wanting to click the next link.

In a nutshell, the user experience is simple and sweet.

And that’s what we’re always aiming for, aren’t we?



Filed under Cool, Design, Development, Ideas, Information Architecture, Reviews, Trends, Usability

5 responses to “

  1. Thanks for the mention. Melissa’s website definitely does a good job of standing out.

  2. That’s clever!

    One thing I’m not so comfortable with, though, is not having the option to backtrack; like let’s say I’m in print design and I recalled a web design I’d like to view again, I would have to go through the entire flow against my will.

    Regardless of it not being a very long flow but you know what I mean right?

  3. Suffian Rahman

    @ Steven
    Hey you’re welcome, dude. I visit your site from time to time to check out your blog. I liked your article on explosive blogging growth. =)

    Yeah I know what you mean. But I think it’s OK because there are only 6 pages on the site.You’re picking up pretty fast on usability. =P

  4. thanks for the review! 😀

    honestly, the only reason why i didn’t add the option to backtrack because… i was lazy. i know, i know…

  5. Suffian Rahman

    You’re welcome, Melissa. It’s cool, your site’s still pretty fresh even without one. =)

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