Final Project

Final Project Assignment: Design Technology Department Website

Your final project presentations are Thursday, December 15. No late projects accepted.


Week 12 (Nov 17): Deliverables due:  Final versions of: Client Survey, Personas, Competitive Analysis, Communication Brief,  Schedule, Final Estimate, Content Outline, Sitemap, Wireframes. 

Week 13 (Nov 24): No class

Week 14 (Dec 1): Deliverables due: Final Design,  Final Content,  Home page & a landing page finalized in WordPress.

Week 15 (Dec 8): Deliverable due: Mobile web/app prototype.

Week 16 (Dec 15): Your final project presentations are Thursday, December 16. No late projects accepted.

Be sure to review the Project Objectives & Goals
Perception: Affordable, Current, Savvy, Credible, Leading Edge, Reliable, Accredited, Approachable, Friendly, Personable, Knowledgeable, Expert, Cutting Edge Technology, Innovative, Hip, Open, Welcoming, Positive, Diverse, Inclusive

Goals for the Design Technology Department website

  • Enhance the awareness of the Design Technology department by highlighting the AET campus, the relevancy of the programs, (Entertainment Technology, Graphic Design, Interior Architectural Design) and showcase the work of the students.
  • Create a sense of community where students, prospective students, faculty and alumni can keep informed and involved with the Design Technology department.
  • Focus attention on career placement and networking for students and on building a community of alumni who remain active with their respective programs.

The focus of this project is to create a portfolio quality WordPress website that incorporates design, strategy, and interactivity. Your website design should have a strong design aesthetic that reflects the project objective and goals for the website. The website design should also reflect a strong technical sophistication. You’re required to build a prototype of a mobile app or mobile website for the the site. We will discuss this part in more detail during the next few classes.

You’ll work in teams on the final project. The team will assign a team leader.  This does not mean the team leader is responsible for doing all the work All team members must “pull their weight” and not depend on others to complete the final project. On the final day of class, your team members will be assessing your work and role as a team member, so I will know if someone does not participate in the final project and this will be reflected in your final grade.

The purpose of working in teams is to give you the experience of working on a project as part of a group. Few websites are built as solo projects— most websites are build by a team of players who are experts in their fields.

You must make use of either any current images from the AET, Graphic Design or Interior Architectural Design websites or royalty free images for your project. You cannot use images from other websites. You may use your own original artwork and/or photography if you prefer. Below are some suggestions on where to find images, but you’re welcome to use your own sources.

The final project web site specifications are:

  • WordPress website: 10-12 complete pages (and placeholder pages for other pages when applicable).
  • Project must successfully meet the objective and goals for the site as outlined above and following the team’s supporting documentation (client survey, communication brief etc)
  • A clear navigation system.
  • A successful sub-navigation system.
  • A strong visual design.
  • A visual concept that carries through the site.
  • Use of royalty free images.
  • A mobile web/app prototype.
  • Create a Camtasia or Snapz Pro (.mov) demo of your site (10 mins maximum).
  • Posting of all project documentation to your team “studio” blog.
Final Deliverables

Deliverable: 10-12 page WordPress site
Deliverable: Mobile Web/App Design Prototype

Deliverable: All supporting deliverables from Weeks 1-8
Deliverable: Screencast presentation of project

Possible sources for images:

Working in Teams – Responsibilities as a team member

As teams members you agree to do the following:

  • Prepare before team meeting/class (for example, do all the required work for each class)
  • Complete any tasks that the team assigns to its members
  • Attend all meetings/classes and arrive on time
  • Actively participate during the team meeting in ways that further the work of the team
  • Help promote one another’s learning and success
  • Provide assistance, support, and encouragement to team members
  • Be involved in periodic self-assessments to determine whether the team is working successfully (Is the time in team meetings well spent?)

Team 1 – Studio Wired
Don Baggett
Leah Bisch
Jennifer James (Team leader)
Becky Nelson

Team 2 – Sinch Design
Tommy Cannon
Luis Mendoza
Eric Oxenberg (Team leader)
Phil Rubio

Team 3 –  MYBF Media
Yousef Al Nasef
Bridget Howard
Max Macapagal (Team leader)
Felix Montanez

Team 4 – Hunger Design
Jake Eames
Kristine Norby
Justin Savella
Casey Sullivan  (Team leader)
Ernie Tran

Team 5
Sarah Luna (Team leader)
Jessica McKinney
Nat Meza
Maria Nyren