Web Design for Entertainment

There are several general categories of entertainment sites, so I will only focus on a couple here: celebrity and movie websites. For the record, there are lots more: sports hero sites, music download sites, and game sites to name a few.

The one thing these all have in common is that they need to have a clear navigational scheme. The fact is, we come to these sites wanting to find the latest news and in-depth information immediately. If we have to wade through anything at all, we leave.


Celebrity Sites

Some tips:

  • Focus on the celebrity or subject
  • Resist any urge to wander off the subject unless you have a really compelling reason for doing so
  • Keep up to date with all information and news on your subject if you expect to gain a loyal readership
  • If you want users to sign up for updates to the site, make it easy for them to do so.
  • Make sure the design is appropriate for the subject: serious actors would want a professional, clear website. Comedians might want something more whimsical or edgy.


Movie Websites

Movie websites have a few specific purposes: they are there to entertain the visitor and to help sell tickets.

Most movie websites have the following attributes:

  • a site that relies heavily on Flash
  • large background images
  • videos and trailers
  • show times and ticket information
  • splash pages
  • a list of nominations and awards, if applicable
  • short pages: they rarely require vertical scrolling
  • social media networking
  • downloads
  • fun extras: contextual games, extra videos, etc
  • widgets


Activity

Find the websites of some of your favorite movies and judge for yourself which of these sites does the best job. Be ready to share this with the class.


Movie Website Designs: Examples And Current Practices |  By Steven Snell |  February 9th, 2009

Top 34 celebrity websites for inspiration |  May 19, 2010

Entertainment Website Design |  Rocketface.com

11 Music websites for design inspiration |  September 23, 2010

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