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
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
use the "first-glance test" to evaluate your Final Design
2. The "first-glance test":
webpages upon first-glance look
ordered, well-designed, and
1. Four websites due in your Design
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
elements of a webpage
of a basic Flash movie webpage
Design Criteria for Final Design Portfolios
Web Design Portfolio Site
( due Jan. 27)
Web genre Site (due Feb. 28)
Image Site (due March 31)
Flash Movie Site (due April 25)
2. Getting a Domain Name
Enterprise: Advice on Web business services
Enterprise: Web-hosting Plans
Enterprise: Domain Name Registration
Buying registered domain names
3. Turning over the Website to your Client
Site Specification Notebooks:
--Make sure that you have complete and
detailed site specifications that would
allow any designer to build the site from
Zip disks or CDs that contain:
a. All images, page elements, and text.
b. Complete backup copy of the entire website.
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.
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
Design around the content. Don't force
the content into your design mold.
Design for a changing Web medium.
Good design is a compromise between
usability and style and flair.
Design for the content. Don't force the
content to conform to the latest
technology and high-tech fads.
Design for simplicity and usability.