Thoughts and decision-making process for this project

Thoughts on the Development of 2 Pages for Design Technology Website

0) After many presentations of wire frames and sitemaps I was pretty much dedicated to making the process simple. The only two links out of the design technology world were the SMC main site and the link to admissions.
Even though I am a graduate of three universities I have never even looked at their web pages. Thus “alumni” was a low priority for me.

1) My main hope was to implement a 2 column liquid layout.
I was able to achieve that although I had to sacrifice quite a bit of time that could have been spent on other creative activities.

2) In previous classes I used a slicing technique in Photoshop to develop the web page. For this class I tried and failed to do that. Instead my approach was to cannibalize the code that was developed in class and modified it to include elements for the DT website. The principal feature I preserved was the drop down menu.

3) I spent a fair amount of time in After Effects creating an animated gif files. A fundamental part of my design was to have student work up on the site in the banner area. Also I had the idea that the content should follow the selection. Only architecture student submissions show when architecture is shown.

4) Getting everything to work just took too long and I was not able to finish up and make it nice nor do what I really wanted which is to round off the corners and make it all modern.

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Baggett Comps 2 version

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Week3/4 Q/A REposted

Week 4 Q/A
Q: What are the “three views” discussed in the book involving the content of the site. And what are the differences between the three views?
1) Site View – Defines the blueprint of the site

2) Page VIew – Logical organization of content
It is different because this is where information design is done

3) User View – Realtionship between pages and outside sites

Q: What is a “content audit?”

A: Examination of each and every element by the client to eliminate duplication of content. It also helps to prioritize and is an aid in the organization step

Week3 Q/A
Week 3 Homework Don Baggett 9/21/2011

Q: Name a few examples of “overall goals” for the web site design or re-design.
A: To drive traffic to the SMC website and increase enrollment and donations. A secondary goal would be to increase alumni interaction for purposes of additional donations from successful graduates.

Q: What does a Project Plan consist of?
• Project Overview
• Schedule
• Budget breakdown
• Communication Brief

Q: Give examples of good documentation practices for a project.
A: Have the customer sign everything. This should include decisions about design that limit scope creep and ensure the task remains on budget. Printing Emails that concern budget and schedule may be wasteful of paper but spare many problems in the future.

Q: When is an Additional Charge Form used? (oftentimes referred to as Change Order)
A: Whenever the client asks for a new feature

Q: What are the two ways to approach the Scheduling task?
A: Overview Schedule / Detailed Schedule with deliverables

Q: What is the difference between a Visual Designer and an Information Designer?
A: Information Designer determines sitemap and navigation. Visual Designer is someone skilled in Photoshop/Flash that has and aesthetic sensibility

Q: What is a “staging area?”
A: This is a place in the cloud for implementers to collaborate and for the client to occasionally observe the collaboration

Q: What is included in the agenda of a “kick off” meeting?
• Intro of Project Plan
• Overall site goals
• Schedule and Timing
• Content
• Next Steps
• Regular Meetings

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Week6 Q/A from the book

Q: What are wireframes?
Wireframes are like storyboards for web sites.  They function as schematics

Q:When do you not need to define key user paths?
A: WHen the user does not interact with the site via a form
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Week 5 Questions/Answers sitemap/namingconventions

Q: What is a “site map?”
A: The site map is a visual represntation of the 
structure organization and flow and considered
to be the backbone on which the project stands

Q:What are the two types of naming conventions
 that are addressed in the book?

A: Organization naming etc

B: HTML naming - could be construed as anything you want. The book makes the point that a standard is not necessary but consistency is.

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GD67 Week 2 Questions/Answers

——————- GD67 Week 2 Questions—————-
Q:What are the differences between a Formal and an Informal Industry Analysis?

Informal – InHouse qualitative and low cost
Formal – Conducted by marketing professionals /qunatitative
snapshot of competition’s offline and on line experience

Q: Name a few of the features you might look for when you are doing a Competitive Analysis.
A: Become an expert in the field if possible. Continuing your on line analysis (everything changes continuously and without your permission).
At least two people should crete a feature matrix of the competition after surveying a group of 12-20 competitive websites.
Write a report on your findings.

Q: What are the three main areas for rating when evaluating for a Competitive Analysis?
1) Overall Experience
2) Functionality/Ease of use
3) Look and Feel

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