October 26, 2005
Kevin Rates BenRatesItAll
My friend Ben has started a website called BenRatesItAll.com, where he rates... well, "it all." However, it seemed only fitting that someone should review his site as well. So here we go:
Ah, variety. It — along with cumin — is the spice of life. And BRIA certainly has it in spades (variety, not cumin). From White Plains to Bath Mats, Ben is all over the map with his reviews, and I admire that. While other ratings websites are becoming more and more specialized, Ben bucks the trend and reviews anything that strikes his fancy. He's a salmon, swimming upstream on the internet superhighway. Uh-oh, I'm mixing my metaphors... I'd best move on.
In addition to his variety, his reviews have practicality that an everyman like myself can appreciate. He's not rating tropical getaways in the South Pacific, or fancy sports cars. Rather, he gives us his views on things that we all come upon in our daily life. Like Beards.
So his reviews are good, but what about the site itself? While I obviously prefer the "pick-one-color and go with it" approach to Web design, Ben has taken the opposite tactic and used the entire palette for his page — surprisingly, it works. The colors don't clash or fight for attention, making for a cheerful, easy, browsing experience.
While I feel his navigation could use some improvements by including a non-search way to browse his categories, the rest of the navigation works well. The Comments and Suggestions pages are easy to find and work with.
Overall, I'd give BenRatesItAll a solid "A", but I'm kind of a jerk. So I'll go with A-.
Keep up the great work, Ben.Posted by Kevin at October 26, 2005 02:33 PM