With all the work we have done to this point, looking at websites, evaluating websites, working in some HTML, CSS and Bootstrap, designing a little in browser and getting familiar with the interface we now need to focus on steps to design a site. Remember the information we have gathered and talked about up to this point to use for this project.
Things to keep in mind: Size of your thumb on mobile, one action click for mobile versus the added hover on desktop. Content highlights, feel of the site that you want, color choices. What is important to showcase on the homepage. Where do you want them to navigate, and how. Any extras you want to include that add to the experience.
This step will be to get us started. I need you to decide on a type of site you want to create that has at least 5 pages. What kind I do not care, but your research and sketches need to follow the purpose of that site.
Due: Friday, March 1st
Once settled on a design (or 2) we need to create composites for the client to see and decide on. This will include both digital and printed comps. The digital comps, done correctly, give us our files ready to go when we begin developing and a digital view for the client.
Mobile Due: Monday, March 4th
Tablet Due: Wednesday, March 6th
Desktop and Theme Due: Friday, March 8th
This step we will be taking the set designs created in Photoshop and setting them up to print. Remember your print requirements; dpi, color space and dimensions. Photos must be optimized for print. This will be what we create for the client to hold and take with them for discussion after you have met with them. All the pages should be done in one InDesign file.
Due: Wednesday, March 20th
Now that we have our designs set and assets generated we ned to put them together to sell them to a client. This will include live view of the digital comps, prints comps an information packet and a presentation. Refer to the specification sheet for details.
Due: Monday, March 24th
Due: Friday, March 29th
Specification sheet (pdf)