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Testing, Revising, and Maintaining
Websites
and Working in Design Teams

   

Assignment: 

1. 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.  

Students will present their final Web Design Portfolio
during the final exam period Saturday, May 3rd, at 10:30. 

 a). Basic elements of a webpage
 b).
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.  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
Portfolios.

3.  The "first-glance test": 

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

1.Adding Title and Design Information to Flash Movies

  1. See Examples of Titles in Flash movies:
    1). title.html 2) title1.html
  2. When you save a Flash movie it saves
    two files, 1) an "swf file" and 2) an "html file."
  3. You can add a title to your Flash movie by
    calling up the "html file" associated with your
    Flash movie in Dreamweaver.
  4. Using Dreamweaver, add a title to your Flash
    movie.
  5. You can also add your contact and author
    information for your Flash movie in this
    Flash "html file" in Dreamweaver
  6. Or you can add the contact and author
    information in a layer at the very end of your
    Flash movie.
  7. You put contact and author information on
    your Flash movies and html webpages in
    order to sign your work and provide
    basic information about you.

2. Great Matrix 2 Flashsite

1. Revising and Maintaining your websites

  1. Examples of old and outdated sites
    a).  American Studies Program at CU Boulder
    b).  Global Human Ecology website
    c).  Early Chris Lewis Home Page

  2. Cleaning up your old forgotten websites
    a). American Studies Program at CU Boulder
    b). Early Sewall Program homepage

2. Strategies for Revising your Web Design Portfolios

  1. Make sure there is a link to your web design 
    portfolio website on  Sewall Class Designs.

  2. Make sure each of your websites and webpages
    have "Titles".

  3. Make sure all the links and images on each of
    your webpages work.

  4. Make sure that you have contact information
    and date webpage was last revised on each of
    your webpages.

  5. Check your webpages for alignment and spacing.

  6. Check your  webpages' layouts for consistency.
    Do your layouts look like they have an ordered,
    designed look?

  7. Work on the obvious flaws on each of your
     websites first, and then try to fix the less
     obvious flaws.

  8. Try not to get caught in the "perfectionist trap."
    Make your webpages as good as they need to be.
    One can always find things to change in even the
    best websites, but at a certain point you just have
    to let go of your work and accept that it is
    "good enough."

3. Web Design in a Design Team

  1. Fielding a Winning Web Design Team

  2. The Amazing Web Job Title Generator

  3. Conjunction Function: Finding your
    Place in a Web design team

4. Basic Positions in a Web Design Team

  1. Computer programmer or "Coder"

  2. Graphic Design and Artistic Design

  3. Content Specialist

  4. Producer

5. Working in  Web Design Teams

  1. What is the purpose of this site?  What are your
    larger goals for the site?

  2. What kind of website is it?  Is it "e-commerce,"
    "informational," "special interest," or 
    "product support"? 

  3. What is the web genre your website is a part of?
    Find two or three good model websites in this
    web genre to use as references.

  4. Who is the target audience and what do they
    want to get from the site?

  5. Who is on your "Web Design Team"?

  6. What is the primary role for each member of
    the web design team?

    a) HTML Coder
    b) Graphic Designer and Layout Artist
    c) Image Creator and Processor
    d) Writers and Information Designers
    e) Software and Computer Programmers
    f) Database Administrators
    g) Marketing and Website promotion and 
         advertising
    h) Web Design Team Producer
    i)  Web Design Team liaison to the Client

  7. What will be the "Information Structure" of
    your website?

    a) linear structure
    b) tutorial structure
    c) web structure
    d) hierarchical structure
    e) cluster structure
    f)  catalog structure

  8. Who are your primary content experts for the site?
    Is there someone in the company that will provide
    you with all the pre-created content?

  9. Who will function as the liaison between your
    "Web Design Team" and the Client?

  10. Who will be responsible for updating and
    revising the site in the Client's company?

  11. Who will be responsible for signing-off on various
    drafts and revisions of the site for the 
    Client's company?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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