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Documenting Website Design for Clients


Assignment:  (Do after Class)

Assignment:  Start working on revising and polishing your
final Design Portfolio.  Try to limit the total time you spend
to revising your websites to no more than a total of between
four and six hours.  

1.  Study the Web Design Criteria for Final Design Portfolios.
Remember, your webpages do not have to be perfect.  I will
use the "first-glance test" to evaluate your Final Design

2.  The "first-glance test": 

      "Do your webpages upon first-glance look 
       ordered, well-designed, and polished?"

1. Four websites due in your Design Portfolio

Your revised and completed Web Design Portfolio
will be due during the final exam period Saturday,
May 3rd, at 10:30 a.m. in the McKeehan classroom.
Students will be asked to present their completed
Web Design Portfolios to the class

       a). Basic elements of a webpage

Elements of a basic Flash movie webpage

c). Web Design Criteria for Final Design Portfolios 

1.   Web Design Portfolio Site ( due Jan. 27)

2.      Web genre Site (due Feb. 28)

3.      Image Site (due March 31)

4.      Flash Movie Site (due April 25)

2. Getting a Domain Name

  1. ZD-Net Enterprise: Advice on Web business services

  2. C-Net Enterprise: Web-hosting Plans

  3. C-Net Enterprise: Domain Name Registration


  5. Great Buying registered domain names

  6. The Accredited Registrar Directory

  7. The InterNIC FAQ

3. Turning over the Website to your Client

  1. Site Specification Notebooks:

    --Make sure that you have complete and
      detailed site specifications that would
      allow any designer to build the site from

  2. Zip disks or CDs that contain:

    a.  All images, page elements, and text.

    b.  Complete backup copy of the entire website.

  3. Determining who is responsible for Site 
    maintenance and revisions.

    a. There are real compromises in
        design when your first priority is to 
        make web pages that are easy to revise.

    b. Should the Client contract with you to
        make annual or bi-annual design revisions?

    c.  It is a good idea to spend a little time
         training the Client's staff who will
         be responsible for revising the site.

    d. Despite website documentation, on-site
        training will prevent a lot of later headaches
        when Client's web maintenance staff calls
        with concerns about having ruined the site.

  4.  Who owns the website?
     a.  Be prepared to let go of your web design.

     b.  Remember you designed the site for a Client.

     c.  Let your Clients be your best references.

4. Developing a Design Style

           a.  Design around the content.  Don't force 
                the content into your design mold.

           b.  Design for a changing Web medium.

           c.  Good design is a compromise between
                usability and style and flair.

          d.   Design for the content.  Don't force the
                content to conform to the latest 
                technology and high-tech fads.

         e.   Design for simplicity and usability.

















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