By looking at the various festival websites, I learnt quite a few important things about the design of the sites. The key factors are;
Use a simple layout, that the user can understand
Lineup is the reason for someone to attend a festival so having it accessible is important
Tickets are key importance, and simplicity of the purchase is vital
Artist profiles can be improved on with increased information and interactivity
A countdown until the festival starts
Images of previous years at the festival
The homepage of the Vestival site is good, it holds all of the information about the festival on one page but then offers individual pages dedicated to that information. Check out the homepage below;
General information and news including the birthday of Justin Bieber;
Then a call to action to get visitors to buy tickets;
Then just after the tickets is the section informing the user of the lineup.
The website has a colourful and bright colour scheme with a simple navigation.
Lollapalooza is a great festival site that already uses flat design. Not only do they use flat colours but they seem top match what google use in their material design.
The home screen again has announcements about the festival;
The tickets page gives the uses colour to make the different tickets stand out the best;
The lineup page is again, just like most of the others, just a list of names, lacking any interaction at all;
There is a page about the festival and it’s history, it is basically a blog with articles on it;
The Reading festival website has the most obvious layout, the only two links in the navigation are lineup and tickets. The homepage itself is a little confusing with seemingly a large amount of additional content that related to announcements and additional extras. Check it out below;
The Lineup page is good, it offers a large amount of space to each individual artist;
and when an artist is selected, it offers the user extra information about that artist;
Buying tickets on the website is reasonably simple, the different tickets are laid out in blocks like so;
and after selecting a ticket you are offered options. The only issue with this is that it doesn’t tell you that it is offering you extras, it seems to be different types of the same ticket;