Online Special Collections

Thomas A. Edison Papers

Charles Olson Research Collection

Two special collections. The Olson one is done quite well, it draws you in with the design (typography, picture up front, &c.) as well an upfront list of places you can go to get the information you want.

The Edison page on the other hand is a mess, with no direction, nothing large and intersting to draw you in (no photos, or interesting design elements other than his signature, which isn't very interesting). There are way too many ways in on the front page which don't seem top be grouped or ategorized very well. I don't know where to start as a casual browser interested in Edison's life.

This is similar to the problem zeldman writes about with the amnesty international redesign. Give the user an easy way in and they will be able to better use the resource.

Item originally posted to a defunct personal wordpress installation