Designing a Website
1. Create the design document
2. Develop the website
3. Test website
4. Publish the website
5. Publicize/Promote the website
The Design Document
IA - Information Architecture Tutorial
"the science of figuring out what you want your site to do and then constructing a blueprint before you dive in and put the thing together"
The Design Document:
I. Define site goals
A. Ask the questions
B. Rank and organize the answers into goals
C. Client must agree with the goals of the site
II. Define the user experience
A. Define the audience
B. Determine scenarios
C. Competitive Analysis (Appendix A)
III. Site content
A. Content Grouping and labeling
B. Functional Requirement
IV. Site Structure
A. Site structure summary
B. Architectural blueprint
C. Global and local navigation
V. Visual Design
A. Layout grids
B. Design sketches, Page mock-ups, web-based prototypes
Designing for the WWW
Contrast - Make different items look different.
Repetition - Repeat certain elements to tie all the parts together.
Alignment - Place related items along an imaginary line.
Proximity - People tend to perceive items that are located
Spelling - Check spelling and grammar
Motion - Watch the movement on the page
Scrolling - Different resolution/screen size etc can effect scrolling
Time to load - How long to load images?
Navigation through site:
Every page should answer the following questions:
Examples of Bad Design
Designers Check Lists