Concept Statment

 Create a list of all users that may visit your site (not from the WWW but those you’d invite).

Design studios, HR representatives, friends, family

What will each of those users want to see in order to enjoy their visit to your site?

Fast-loading, easy to navigate site show-casing my best design work, as well as a bit about my personality and work flow.

Name your intended audience (the person(s) you need to persuade.)

My intended audience is design firms in Seattle who are currently looking to hire a front-end web developer.

Describe what you need to inform and persuade them of:

  • Promote my work as a designer and web developer.
  • Goals of the site are to obtain a job with a creative, reputable design firm in Seattle.
  • My ultimate message/philosophy (about who you are):

         Less is more.  Making the web a more beautiful place one site at a time.

  • What is the story you are telling?

         I am a skilled front-end web developer with a knack for beautiful, simplistic design.

 

List the assets you need to persuade the user: Which 7  projects?

Resume/business card, Storyboard (Bob Ross Paints), Concept Book, Website Project Proposal (‘Zaw), Interactive Banner Ads, Interactive Project, Applied Illustration/Infographic, Typography: Web Design, Typography: Page Layout.

What projects which do not exist yet will you want to show?

Resume/business card, concept book, interactive banner ads, interactive project, infographic.

What categories will you depict in your mockup? – even if you don’t have examples of them.

Resume, web design, mobile design, process

Concept Statement:

I want my portfolio site to be an interactive, easy-to-navigate experience for potential employers to use to get a sense for my design aesthetic and personality.  It will be a “one-page” website, where the user will scroll down to see the other “pages” or information.  This will make the site easy to navigate (as everything will be in one page) as well as a quick loading format for mobile usage.

I intend to use CSS3 animations to make the site interactive, and keep the user’s interest. Since the main interest of viewers to my site is for viewing my work and getting a sense of my design, I have that information visible from the landing page and quick to get to and see all of my work.  I plan to mainly focus on my web work, even though I also have a graphic design background (although this should be evident in my website designs), as I want a job where I am responsible for front-end development as well as design.

I want the viewer’s experience to be easy, sleek, and memorable.

 

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Unit One Reading Response

I found this book, Don’t Make Me Think!, to be a quick and easy read (at least the beginning and first two chapters).  Many good points were made, but the most important one is to remember that people do not like to spend a lot of time thinking of how to get the information they want. The purpose of the site should be self-evident, or at the very least, self-explanatory.  Once inside of the website they use trial and error to find the information they are looking for. This means trying the first thing that comes to mind or works instead of carefully selecting the best option first.

To avoid making the user think, navigation should be very clear: there shouldn’t be any question of if something is a button or not, and no thought should be made by the user about how to search for something.  They should just be able to type what they want, click search, and find results.

The article Why Mood Boards Matter, provided valid reasons for creating mood boards for every project.  When proposing an idea, words are not always the best approach to explain your idea/concept. Based on the client’s own experience, your words could mean something entirely different to them than it does to you.  Mood boards allow the client to get a feeling of what you are going for, before you get too far into the design process.  It allows for quicker mock ups, and less surprises down the road–of the client not liking the end result and wanting something entirely different.