R U Hot Enough Website Design Review

Do you store your food according to the strictest food standards? Do you have a feed thermometer that you use to test your refrigerator and your cooked meat to ensure that they are the correct temperature? Unfortunately, many people do not pay attention to these little details, which may be why one third of Canadians have contracted a food borne disease. Twenty percent of British Columbian people do not use a meat or refrigerator thermometer on a regular basis, which would seem to suggest that they are not using one correctly. However, help is on the way! The government and several sponsoring organizations hope to make food safety fun with a website designed to teach citizens about the topic.

Simply storing meat at the correct temperature can cut back drastically on food borne disease. If you refrigerator is cold enough, bacteria cannot grow and spread as quickly. Under high temperatures, bacteria are killed altogether. In fact, you can make just a few simple changes and see a huge change in health and behavior. That is the point of this website. A bright superhero explains how to care for meat in a fun and nonjudgmental way. This makes it easy for households to learn about eating and storing foods, a dialogue that hopefully will lead to better storage and cooling practices in Canada.

Creativity: 5 stars. This website addresses a rather serious topic—food poisoning—with grace and humor. Not only is the website amusing, it offers good tips for people who are not aware of how to properly cook and store meats. Because many people do not know how to check the temperature in their refrigerator, it makes sense to have a website with detailed explanation.

Ease of use: 3 stars. There does not appear to be any navigation bar or other movement assistant. In fact, the only way to get around the site is to randomly click on links, or to scroll endlessly through the different pages. A navigation bar would be a welcome addition and make the website much easier to explore.

Functionality: 5 stars. The site is highly functional; there is a game at the top of the page (although in our opinion the link is not large enough) as well as buttons allowing viewers to share it through Facebook and Twitter. This website was designed to teach a valuable lesson, and it functions well in this capacity.

Content: 5 stars. The content is well-written and easy to understand. It explains a rather complicated topic (one that requires at least one full semester class in culinary school) in a way that can be quickly understood by an everyday citizen.

Appropriateness: 5 stars. The super hero theme is humorous and detracts in a pleasant way from the seriousness of the subject. We like the fifties retro theme; many housekeeping websites use a similar theme, so it has come to be associated with housekeeping in general. This website is bright and graphic, a great way of portraying the necessary information.

Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars.

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