Focus: Communications - Site Visit www.drakemusicproject.org

Drake Music Project is a charity that enables disabled children and adults to create music through assistive technology.

Following an extensive review of its original website, the charity undertook a six-month project to overhaul its online presence. The new site, which includes featured musicians and a music jukebox, was launched last month.

MAIN PAGES

Unfortunately, the homepage and its thick grey border don't much resemble the fruits of six months of labour. Although sidebars to areas such as latest news and featured musicians are useful, the page is just too busy - the number of quick links are intended to help, but the design would be helped by clearer, less haphazard navigation.

The principal sections, including 'what we do', 'how you can help' and 'music and disability' are well signposted, but each would be far better served by a clearly defined set of subsections. For example, how are we supposed to know that information on how to get involved with the charity's work is hidden away as a 'join us in our work' link that appears way down the 'how you can help' page under a heading entitled 'donating online'?

SPECIAL FEATURES

The very nature of Drake's work gives it the advantage of having music downloads available, and its music showcase is well worth a visit. The featured musicians all provide an interesting read, but the real gem is that you can listen to their work and put music to faces. This is the site's best and most innovative feature by some distance.

DRAKE MUSIC PROJECT SAYS:

"We wanted to create a new website to better connect with our participants and demonstrate more clearly our brand value. We hope the new site will provide a source of valuable information for the people we are trying to reach."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson

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