We’ll have review the quiz, think about information architecture, and explore interfaces. We’ll also work on projects.
- Answers available for review during our opening 15 minutes of class
- Kathy will talk about highlights/take questions for the next 15 minutes
- Check your email for a copy of your results after class
- Visual hierarchy
- Navigation : ordering elements
- Elements of a website
- Subject matter classification experiment (poll)
- Revisit Charleston
- Examples of UX portfolios
- Individual practice: an online card sort (15 min + post-practice discussion)
- Group practice: analyze two websites
- Web site framework is a common deliverable: navigation/site structure (for our project, the site framework can be visualized in the final wireframe)
- What is information architecture?
- What does an IA do?
- The ABCs of the BBC (A-Z navigation)
- 5 things they didn’t teach me in school about being a user researcher
9 design principles to tattoo on your brain
- Fitts’ law
- Gestalt Principles of Perception
(2) Uniform Connectedness
- Hick’s law
- Rule of thirds
- Designs should have a good signal-to-noise ratio: avoid chartjunk and its equivalents
- Visual hierarchy
A reminder about milestones, which are designed in a building block fashion to facilitate both development and feedback opportunities. These are assessed on a complete/incomplete scale and are part of the 40% of your points that are allocated to the project.
Based on your project types, here are our groups for our remaining time together; some have sub-grouping to keep the size manageable. See revised pitches. See draft competitor sites (17). See draft personas (only 10).
- eCommerce (some sort of product “sale”) : example,
(a) Alyson, Caitlin, Hideo
(b) Jorial, Julia, Sam
- Portfolio : example, one-pager with humor, Amy Rainey (UW grad)
(a) Ana, Fan, Katie
(b) Laura, Mandy
- Services: example, fitness, Kirk Mastin (photography, UW grad)
(a) Barbara, Heather, Issette
(b) JessicaK, Sherry
- Friends/Family: example, one-pager wedding (1), one-pager wedding (2), personal blog
Examples from other classes
- Competitive analysis – ecommerce
- Competitive analysis – news sites
- Use personas to develop scenarios (a story that details a task) and then use that to compare music (band) sites
Note: competitive analysis requires that you have identified a set of tasks and you try to complete those tasks on each site. Success or failure?
- Free image sources for your website (we’ll talk about creative commons licensing and public domain in week 9)
Assignments for next week
In addition to the reading, we’re working each week on the final projects.
- By Monday 16 Feb, 8 am:
Review persona drafts for your group (see above) and provide feedback on three peers — your sub-group and one or two others.
- By 6 pm Wednesday 18 Feb: revised competitive analysis (reflection only / full post needed only if you did not post in the first thread)
- By 5 pm Thursday 19 Feb: initial sketch/outline of site architecture.
- Next week’s reading/video
Project assignments for the remainder of the quarter
- Week 8: by 8 pm Wednesday 25 Feb : post to the UW Catalyst CollectIt a draft of your final deliverable for the class, with these components that we have worked on to date:
- refined elevator pitch (should include site goal/audience);
- three personas;
- competitive analysis;
- Format: whatever you want to use > eg Word / PPT / PDF / Web — but it should be “an” entity, not a series of downloads.
- Week 8: by 6 pm Thursday 26 Feb: have two or three ideas for your website domain name
- Week 9: by 8 am Monday 2 March: post in Moodle Forums a draft of your wireframe – high level / low fidelity / no color
- Week 10: Everyone will give a 3-4 minute presentation (PPT slides, maximum 7 including title/closing slides) on their project. Timed! Please let me know in advance if we will need to have you phone me in order for everyone to hear you. I need your slides by noon that Thursday so that I can get them uploaded to Adobe Connect.