Final Project

Final Project Assignment
Schedule

Class 10 (May 6): Deliverables: Defining Project & Audience (All)– use the Client Survey, Content Outline (Content Developer) Sitemap (Information Architect)

Class 11 (May 13): Deliverables: Schedule (All), Estimate by Task and Final Estimate (All), Wireframe (Information Architect) Design comps (Designer)

Class 12 (May 20): Deliverables: Final Content (Content Developer) Final Design (Designer)

Class 13 (May 27): Deliverables: Home page & landing page (Technical Producer)

Class 14 (June 3): Deliverable: Mobile web prototype (Technical Producer)

Class 15 (June 10): Your final project presentations are Thursday, June 10. No late projects accepted.

The focus of this project is to create a portfolio quality web site that incorporates design, strategy and interactivity. Your web site design should have a strong design aesthetic that reflects a specific attitude and look and feel for the site. The site design should also reflect a strong technical sophistication. You are required to build a prototype of a mobile app or mobile web site 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. I have assigned each team member a lead role. The member who is the lead is responsible for meeting the deadline for this activity and also for this part of the presentation on the final day of class. This does not necessarily mean the lead person is responsible for doing all the work. For example, the technical lead is not responsible for building the entire site but he/she is responsible for assigning the work and meeting deadlines. 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 web sites are built as solo projects— most web sites are build by a team of players who are experts in their fields.

The final project web site specifications are:

  • 10-12 complete pages (and placeholder pages for other pages when applicable).
  • Project must successfully meet the goals for the site outlined for each class web site. (See notes in Class Final Projects section)
  • A clear navigation system.
  • A successful sub navigation system.
  • A strong visual design.
  • A theme and visual concept that carries through the site.
  • A design that works well on 1024×728 displays (i.e. navigation & primary content inside 990×560).
  • You must use some html text in the site.
  • You must use an external CSS file.
  • Use of royalty free images.
  • A mobile app or mobile website prototype.
  • Create a Jing (.swf) or Snapz Pro (.mov) demo of your site (10 mins maximum).
  • Completion of a site map.
  • Posting of all project documentation to your “studio” blog.

You’ll notice I changed the name of the projects due to the departmental policies. Also, note you need to be careful to use original text and imagery as outlined below.

You must make use of royalty free images for your project. You can NOT 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.

Possible sources for images:

Our Class Final Projects

  • A requirement for Graphic Design Department projects is to either have approval for corporate projects, or to use fictitious companies. Therefore I have changed the names of the projects. (I know some are very thinly disguised!)
  • Remember for class projects, the goal of the project is to serve as a learning experience for the class, it’s not about creating a final site for personal use.
Section 2211  2:00 pm-5:05pm
City of Lost Angels (Inspired by City of Los Angeles )

Goals for site:

  • Develop messaging so visitor understands immediately what they need to know to start a business
  • Create a sense of community so visitors can communicate with others
  • Develop a design system that could be used by the other city department web sites
  • Develop interactions and features for mobile devices

Team members:
Elizabeth Eadie: Project Manager/Information Architecture (IA) Lead
Ryan Frame: Design Lead
You Shin: Technical Lead
Shared: Content Development

Berba Vintage Clothing

Goals for site:

  • Create shopping cart feature in a new and interesting way
  • Increase membership to the site
  • Create a sense of community so visitors can communicate with others
  • Develop interactions and features for mobile devices

Team members:
Kaci Potter: Project Manager/Design Lead
Brian Price: Technical Lead
Ivan Stankov: Information Architecture (IA) Lead
Shared: Content Development

Bonster  (inspired by Monster)

Goals for site:

  • Create a home page that clearly illustrates a process for searching for a job
  • Expand community of job seekers
  • Create new types of resource materials for job seekers
  • Develop interactions and features for mobile devices

Team members:
Medich Dushan: Project Manager/Design Lead
Max Macapagal: Technical Lead
Katie:Peraudeau: Information Architecture (IA) Lead
Shared: Content Development

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Section 4268  6:30 pm-9:35pm
BluePeace (inspired by GreenPeace)

Goals for site:

  • Create user-experience that feels like I have access to issues of interest to me no matter where I am
  • Expand community of supporters
  • Create a sense of community so visitors can communicate with others
  • Develop interactions and features for mobile devices

Team members:
Kelly Graziano: Project Manager/Technical Lead
Sun Lee: Information Architecture (IA) Lead
Maria Studnicka: Design Lead
Shared: Content Development

Indie & Auteurs (inspired by Auteurs)

Goals for site:

  • Create user-experience that feels like a resource for all things related to film
  • Expand community of film lovers
  • Redesign “member” features page
  • Develop interactions and features for mobile devices

Team members:
Ed Woo: Project Manager/Technical Lead
Mehrdad Haghighi: Design Lead
Judy Lue: Information Architecture (IA) Lead
Shared: Content Development

Noise Joys  (inspired by Noise Toys)

Goals for site:

  • Expand community of fans
  • Feature product demo prominently on site
  • Create a sense of community so visitors can communicate with others
  • Develop interactions and features for mobile devices

Team members:
Priya Sheth: Project Manager/Information Architecture (IA) Lead
Foad Farid: Technical Lead
Christine Niebuhr: Design Lead
Shared : Content Development

Electric Vehicles USA

Goals for site:

  • Develop messaging so visitor understands immediately what is important to know about EVs
  • Expand community of supporters
  • Create a sense of community so visitors can communicate with others
  • Develop interactions and features for mobile devices

Team members:
Minna Suh: Project Manager/Information Architecture (IA) Lead
Cesar Chavez: Design Lead
Ken Gross: Technical Lead
Shared: Content Development

Cooking with Miguel

Goals for site:

  • Expand community of cooks
  • Feature cooking demos prominently on site
  • Redesign member features page
  • Develop interactions and features for mobile devices

Team members:
Felicia Caldwell-Lynch: Project Manager/Technical Lead
Kathleen Ford: Design Lead
Sun Paek: Information Architecture (IA) Lead
Shared: Content Development