Week eight discussion

Index page wireframe

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Interior section landing page wireframe

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Week six discussion

What are wireframes?

Wireframes are basic visual depictions of all important elements of a web page. They include logo, text and image placeholders, and link boxes that represent navigation buttons—any content that must be on a page—without considering the final appearance. They help planners depict page content placement and navigation paths. Wireframes are used to jump-start design of  templates for actual production.

When do you not need to define key user paths?

If you do not need the user to take an action on a site (make a purchase, send a form, visit to a certain page, respond by calling or emailing), key user paths are not really necessary. They are primarily for planning the steps a user needs to take to produce a result.

Week five discussion

What is a “site map?”

The site map visually represents the structure and organization of a web site–it’s pages, content, links and expected flow.

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

Organizational and HTML naming. Organizational naming uses numeric or alpha-numeric standards to apply a hierarchical level to sections of the site, beginning with 0 for the home page. HTML naming can be any type of file name as long as all names have consistent conventions, i.e. underlines, hyphens, upper or lower case, etc.

Week four discussion

What are the “three views” discussed in the book involving the content of the site.  And what are the differences between the three views?

Three views include site-view, page-view and user-view. Site-view is another name for the overall structure of a site, also known as the site map. Site maps show all pages and how they fit in the site structure. Page-view refers to wireframing page structures and naviagtion; it illustrates the functionality of the page. User-view shows the process of navigating through the site from the user’s perspective, showing decision paths and possible actions available at different points, helping developers plan how to best serve content to site visitors.

What is a “content audit?”

Content audits encompass the task of cataloguing existing text and images, deciding what can be reused and what new content needs to be created. It is primarily a client responsibility. It is also an opportunity to jettison non-working material and solve existing information problems.

Week two discussion

What are the differences between a Formal and an Informal Industry Analysis?

The formal industry analysis is more in-depth, takes more time and resources, and optimally, involves an outside market research team who are experts. An informal industry analysis can be done in-house, with fewer criteria for comparison and a focus on features and the user experience.

Name a few of the features you might look for when you are doing a Competitive Analysis.

Important features might include functionality, richness of content and actions that can be taken.

What are the three main areas for rating when evaluating for a Competitive Analysis?

  • Overall experience
  • Functionality and ease of use
  • Site look and feel

Week one discussion

How many phases are part of the Core Process and what are they?

  • Definition: where the developer team interviews the client to discover what the project scope will be
  • Developing site structure: where the design team creates the blueprints that will become the site
  • Designing interface: where the design team concepts and gets approval for the look and feel of the site
  • Buildout & integration: where templates and content are handed off to the production team for conversion and coding
  • Launch & beyond: where the site is made live and the client is handed the responsibilities of maintenance and upkeep

What is “Scope Creep” and how can you prepare for it?

Scope creep is the inevitable enlargement of developer tasks caused by ambiguous project  definitions or unrealistic expectations of the client.

What are the two ways to combat content delay?

Project managers must create and enforce deadlines as outlined in the content delivery plan, and create schedules that clearly show the result of missed deadlines.

What does the “QA” in QA testing stand for?

QA stand for “Quality Assurance” which is another term for “verify everything works.”

What do the authors mean when they refer to “Smart Design?”

Smart design is defined as composing navigation and functionality with the users’ needs foremost in mind, rather than using the design as a platform for enhancing the designer’s portfolio.

Gathering Information

What does the word “Discovery” refer to?

Discovery is the process of interviewing the client, assessing the needs if his visitors and considering the content of competitors, if any, when preparing to create a new project.

Give me a couple examples of “good client” attributes and “red flag client” warning signs.

A good client provides as much insight, resources and content as possible, becomes invested in the project, understands that good work takes time, maintains schedules, and accepts the need to relinquish control of the project; a bad client tries to micromanage, tries to save money by doing things himself that are better done by the team, doesn’t care about the site audience’s needs, is in a rush to complete the project, and argues over every cost and hour spent on the job.

Understanding your Audience

What is an audience profile? What is another name for it?

An audience profile, also known as the “persona,” is a detailed description of a typical site user.

Name some of the things you need to analyze when determining an audience’s capabilities?

If possible, what are the most common technical and demographic characteristics of the market for the site: computer type, most common browsers, access speed and likely locations, etc.

My web, and welcome to it.

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