Web 3 – Assignment 10

Our team SMC wordpress site is Grand College. That theme includes blue-circle drop caps. My mobile web design uses the blue-circle as the design theme so that the wordpress site and mobile design match each other.

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Web 3 – Discussion 07

My main goal for my SMC Home Page was to have an uncluttered opening page that then goes to an organized, Landing Page that offers the user 6 – 10 image links all related to a particular nav title.

Having 6 main navs and 4 user-type navs provide enough categories to cover the majority of information found on the entire SMC  website.

One design direction offers a friendly, inviting look while the other design emphasizes organization and simplicity.

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Web 3 – Discussion 06

Wireframes

Wireframes are content layouts for individual pages on a proposed website.  They form the foundation for the page’s visual design and html production, and aid in communication.  Wireframes should include a representation of all major page elements that will appear on the web page and should be completed for pages that have unique functionality, main pages, secondary pages and template pages.

You do not need to define key user paths if your site does not require the user to actually do anything task oriented.

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Web 3 – Discussion 05

Develop Site Structure

A sitemap shows a visual representation of the site’s structure, organization, flow, and grouping of content and information.  It is representation of the entire, whole web project, from a broad vantage point to many of the minute details.

Two types of naming conventions are 1) organizational/numeric and 2) HTML naming. Whatever convention is followed, it should be consistent, clear and simple, and use logic.

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Web 3 – Discussion 04

Content

Three views or perspectives involving the content of a site are 1) Site-View 2) Page-View and 3) User-View.  Each achieves a different goal.

Site-View sets the overall structure and creates a “blueprint” of the site.  The Page-View involves wireframing of individual pages.  It presents and organizes copy, navigation and visuals in a logical, meaningful way for the end user.  The User-View follows paths and decision points of the user based on intended actions and task flows a visitor would follow.  This view looks at the relationship of one page to the next.

Content audit is a close evaluation of all the items of content in the outgoing site that are relevant to the redesign.  The purpose is to remove unnecessary content while maximizing the content and messaging that meets the site’s branding and business goals.

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Web 3 – Discussion 03

Define the Project

A few examples of “overall goals” for the web site re-design would be 1) to reduce calls to admissions 2) to create intuitive navigation and 3) to create a scaleable structure for growth.

A Project Plan consists of 1) an overview of the project 2) a schedule of deliverables and methodology 3) budget breakdown 4) the communication brief 5) audience profiles 6) user testing and 7) a line for the client’s signature.

Examples of good documentation would be the consistent use of the Change Form which documents all client-initiated additions and changes to the defined project and use of the budgeting time tracker which documents the time alloted and spent on the different phases of the total project.

An Additional Change Form is used each and every time the client requests a change or addition outside the defined scope of the project. It is used to keep a record of even gratuitous changes or additions outside the original scope to control Scope Creep.

Two approaches to the scheduling task are 1) an overview schedule that shows methodology chronologically and 2) a detailed date-by-date format that itemizes deliverables and approved reviews.

A Visual Designer is familiar with the various softwares for creating stunning graphics within the limitations of the capacities of the target audience.  Your Information Designer translates content and business goals into functional schematics.  This is the person concerned with the site map and structures the way content navigation is laid out on a page in a non-designer oriented manner.

A “staging area” is the hub of communication.  The team’s development area is an HTML area for deliverables and project documentation that is not visible to the client.  A separate staging area is established for the client and both areas should be password-protected.

The agenda of a “kick off” meeting should include 1) an introduction of the total project to all team members and clients 2) the overall site goals supported by a distribution of the Communication Brief 3) schedule and timing of the project with calendars, risk and any scoop creep issues 4) who and how content will be delivered 5) what happens next and who will be in contact with whom 6) establish a standing day and time convenient to all for weekly meetings and 7) the immediate next step.

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Web 3 – Discussion 02

Analyzing your Competition

The differences between a Formal and an Informal Industry Analysis is 1) expertise, 2) budget and 3) approach.  A formal analysis is usually done by an outside experienced marketing or research company that uses exhaustive documentation within a high-end budget.  The informal analysis is comparing actual customer experiences primarily online and is a snapshot view of the competition’s services and features from a customer’s standpoint.  This analysis involves both the web development team and the client completing the actual analysis.

 

A few of the features you might look for when you are doing a Competitive Analysis are personalization, search function, web links, flash animation, etc. –all of which would comprise your list of web features you gather from several sources and competitors.

 

The three main areas for rating when evaluating for a Competitive Analysis are 1) overall experience, 2) functionality and 3) the look and feel (the site, the brand, the company, etc.).

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Web 3 – Discussion 01

Core Design Process

There are 5 phases in the Core Process. They are 1) Define the Project, 2) Develop Site Structure, 3) Design Visual Interface, 4) Build and Integrate, and 5) Launch and Beyond.

 

“Scope Creep” occurs when after defining the scope of a project, additional features, requests, time delays and other unanticipated factors expand the scope of the project beyond its original boundaries. To prepare for it, define Scope Creep at the kick-off meeting to team members and clients and note that careful tabs will be kept of the schedule and deliverables and the process that will be used to counteract actions that put the project outside the original limits.

 

Content delay can be avoided by 1) appointing or hiring a Content Manager, or 2) creating a content delivery plan.

 

QA refers to quality assurance of the project.  It is an ongoing and final check of the website for bugs.

 

Smart Design refers to a focus throughout the design process on the intended audience and end user of the website. Such design is functional, fast loading and does not distract from your audience.

 

Gathering Information

“Discovery” refers to the first phase of the 5 phase Core Process.  It is concerned with the gathering of information on the client’s goals, the target audience, the industry competition and the functional requirements of your web design/re-design.

 

A “good client” is one that is goal oriented and one who answers the Client Survey in a clear and detailed manner.  Your “red flag client” is one who presents an attitude of small budget/swift deadline and/or unresponsive–does not email or call back in a timely manner.

 

An audience profile is a detailed description of a typical or actual site visitor.  It is also called a “persona.”

 

When determining an audience’s capabilities, you need to look at the technical factors such as browser types, monitors, broadband width and connection speed to decide how you will design the website.

 

 

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Final Site Map

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Communication Brief

CJLO Website Redesign 

Project Summary 

CJLO radio station is the results of 2 separate stations coming together more than a decade ago to form the only radio station at Concordia University in Canada. 

Since the merger, the station now has the goal of bringing forth a distinct brand that is its own and having that clear brand recognized by its primary target audiences.  In addition to brand recognition, CJLO needs to have the target audiences embrace, identify with it and utilize the services and programs offered by the station. 

Our goal is to also improve the user experience so that the members of the target audience will want to return over and over again to the station and website thus strengthening the CJLO brand.  Hopefully, the station can offer a sense of community for both the local residents and the academic community. 

Audience Profile 

The primary target audience is the 40,000+ students and faculty members associated with Concordia University.  This is where the station is located and from where most of its radio staff and volunteers are drawn. 

The second target audience consists of the residents in the surrounding community and to a lesser extent, the audiences of Ottawa and Burlington, Vermont that are reached by the station’s 1000 watt power transmissions. 

Members of the student audience are somewhat similar in characteristics—they are between 18 – 25 years in age, majority full-time students, equally divided between males and females, but are diverse wth as many as 10% from other countries, islands and regions.  Interestingly, a fourth of this audience is French-speaking with the majority English-speaking.  Faculty members represent a somewhat older population than the students, but share the same traits as students.  For Concordia members and residents, it is anticipated they would log on to the CJLO website for campus and local news daily as well as from time to time for the specific genre of music played throughout the day on the station. 

The University itself emphasizes the importance of community outreach and by aligning the station’s programs along the same lines, it will build close ties with the academic audience and the local residents audience. 

Perception/Tone/Guidelines 

One of the main goals of the redesign is to have the target audiences feel that the station/website are extensions of the University and the surrounding community.  Presently, that is not the case.  By continuing to highlight local talent, offering the benefits of an in-house recording studio, sponsoring community events with branding and air time and continuing high school internships at the station, the goal of creating a sense of community will be achieved. 

CJLO should be perceived as current, community supportive and progressive with the redesign.  The site itself will be consistent, straightforward, inviting and recognizable. 

Communication Stretegy 

The overall message of the new site is this is an ongoing effort to foster a sense of community among all listeners.  This will be achieved with dispersing more information about the availability of the recording studio, the involvement with high school students in the station workings, highlighting community events, sponsoring them and encouraging local talent. 

Competitive Positioning 

Other college-run stations are not within the broadcasting range of CJLO and the For-Profit local stations do not have the close affiliation with the University and its audience to the degree that CJLO has.  With such a diverse student population, playing familiar homeland music and emphasizing campus and local news will build a loyal following that other radio stations lack. 

Already, putting the spotlight on local, upcoming talent and offering production services in our recording studio, is building a following.  The diverse volunteer staff is mostly from the University population and by featuring one of our DJ’s weekly, our staff personalities increase the station’s following. 

Targeted Message 

The site, once it is launched, can be described as “Building Community.”

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