Website Design Rationale

Losing a limb–or being born without one–can be persistent a dark cloud over ones life. Whether catching funny looks from strangers or being unable to complete (what should be) basic day-to-day tasks, amputees still find themselves stuck with the same prosthetic technology that existed a century ago.

We are currently on the brink of major breakthroughs in neuroprostheitcs–prosthetics with sensory feedback. While there is still a lot of work to be done in perfecting the technology and making it commercially available, engineers, doctors, kinesthesiologists, and experts from scores of other disciplines have come together to create neuroprosthetics like the DEKA Arm, the Revolutionizing Prosthetics Arm (Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab’s arm), the Terminator Arm, and many more.

To mirror the promise behind these breakthroughs, our design employs bright, vibrant colors in complex geometric forms. The color combination of orange, yellow, green and blue are meant to be an exciting sensory experience, attract and keep the viewers attention and curiosity. The edgy geometric forms represent the myriad disciplines that came together to make this happen. It’s a giant, complex puzzle, but through interdisciplinary research and ample funding, we now have lots to be excited about for the near-future of neuroprosthetics. However, we didn’t want to over do on the colours and wanted the emphasis to be on the website content. Therefore, we put up a colourful header and put a more neutral background.

The website is meant to be a platform to provide viewers information regarding neuroprosthetics and the work that we have been doing in regards to the NeuroTouch Project; an easy way to look up information regarding upper-limb neuroprosthetics and our project NeuroTouch. Therefore we used the Forever theme on wordpress. It was clean, professional in appearence and the information was not cluttered together. The headings were in Bree font and the body text was in Puritan font. Both the fonts went well together and were easy to read. Our blog posts on our website emphasize on some of the history about prosthetics, some programs developing neuroprosthetics, and our interviews. Apart from our blog posts, the website also highlights our survey, social media presence, bibliographic sources and contact information.

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