We’ll learn about resizing images in Photoshop, we’ll work on projects, and we’ll focus on project planning: wireframes, sitemaps, storyboards.
Part 1. Photoshop Lab: image resizing
We’ll watch Adobe explanatory videos and edit images.
- Resizing to optimize for print/web/mobile (changing DPI / resolution – more on resolution, especially for printing – added: about image size and resolution)
- Resizing > upscaling (something new in CC)
- Download these images from my Dropbox account (follow the link)
- Image 1: resize (no edits, crops); new width: 300px.
Save the image as image1-firstLastInitial-300.jpg (ex, image1-kathyG-300.jpg). Case matters!
- Image 1: resize and optimize (use SaveForWeb and pick the best balance between image quality and file size); new width: 1000px.
In a separate text note (firstLastInitial.txt, ex, kathyG.txt), explain why you picked this balance/size.
Save the image as image1-firstLastInitial-1000.jpg (ex, image1-kathyG-1000.jpg).
- Image 2: upsize (no edits, crops); new width: 1500 (50% increase)
Save the image as image2-firstLastInitial-1500.jpg (image2-kathyG-1500.jpg). Case matters!
- Image 3: find a free image at one of these sites (FreePhotosBank, the NOAA photo library, NASA photos, or I’mFree). Resize to a width of 1000 px and optimize.
Save the original image as image3-firstLastInitial.jpg and the resized one as image3-firstLastInitial-1000.jpg (image1-kathyG.jpg, image3-kathyG-1000.jpg). Case matters!
In a separate text note (firstLastInitial.txt, ex, kathyG.txt), explain why you picked this image/balance.
Please upload your final images to this UW dropbox by 10 pm tonight.
Kathy will demo. It requires that you login with your UW NetID. This is where your draft and final project files and week 10 PPT presentation should be uploaded, also, so it’s important that you understand how to access and use this tool.
Part 2. Project works
This week’s assignments form the basis of your project work tonight:
- 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 (y’all were very clever!)
In your groups:
Review one another’s personas and site outline. Discuss scenarios to explain why your personas are visiting your site. How well can that story (task) be accomplished with the outline you’ve created. What scenarios might your partners see for your site that you haven’t thought of — or perhaps thought of and dismissed?
At the end of this part of class, post a note to the forum as a comment to your initial sketch/outline of site architecture — reflect on what you’ve learned about your project, what you might change, what was validated.
Here are your groups:
- eCommerce (some sort of product “sale”)
(a) Alyson, Caitlin, Hideo
(b) Jorial, Julia, Sam
- Portfolio :
(a) Ana, Fan, Katie
(b) Laura, Mandy
(a) Barbara, Heather, Issette
(b) JessicaK, Sherry
NOTE: I am not going to use the breakouts. Use phone/private message/Skype/the Forum ….
Part 3. Site maps / wireframes / storyboards
- Project planning tools
- Sitemap (it’s a fancy name for an outline!)
- LucidMap ($)
- Powerpoint/Keynote ($)
- Visio ($)
- Wireframes versus prototypes
- Storyboards for application flow
- My deliverable for management (site map + high fidelity prototype)
- Awesome resource: typeface to help with dyslexia!
Notes on navigation / UI
- Where am I? How might we make it more clear where we are on the site?
- Look at the Google search results – what does this tell us about what Google sees as common search terms?
- And here’s the home page nav bar:
Assignments for next week
In addition to the reading, we’re working each week on the final projects.
- 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
Project assignments for the remainder of the quarter
- 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.
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).
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)
Recap from last week: 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