And We’re Back
I’ll be the first to admit that I am terrible with organization. I am a more of the creative type rather than one who spends all day trying to make this piece go here and that piece go there. However, website design is fickle as we have learned this semester and requires that attention to detail and organization skills. If the website is lacking in any one of those elements, you could lose viewers and clients rapidly.
Organizing Said Content
This week we were assigned to read this text on how to organize our web content by Jordan Dick. Dick starts off by agreeing with the general viewership that “Planning and organizing website content can feel overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of it.”
He does reassure us that he has a few tips to hopefully eliminate that issue.
My Top Picks
- Your Target Audience: this one should be a no-brainer. You have to know your audience in order to craft a website around their wants a needs. For instance, my website will be focused on my recording/voiceover business: Grand Stag Studios. Who is my audience? Future employers/casting directors/artists looking for a studio to record in Mobile. Now it’s a matter of you figuring out what your audience is!
- Make a Sketch: obviously, you have to have an idea of what your website is going to look like. It should have a rough overview of what is to be included in the overall design. For example here is mine:
- Be Blunt: when I said that, I mean get straight to your point. No one has time for fanfare anymore. Say what are you, who you are, a little information, pricing, testimonials/references, etc.
- Research: know your market. Know the needs around you, your demographics, and who will eventually be looking at your website. Without a general knowledge of the type of people or their reasons for visiting your website, you have already lost the battle.
- Be Unique: don’t just copy and paste a template on to your webpage. Make it your own! You need to stand out to your audience as unique, without being too over the top a flashy. Why a website may look cool, it is nothing without excellent navigation and using Tip #3, BE BLUNT!
That’s about all I have left to say for this week’s module! I hope you will find some of this information useful and I’ll see you in the next one!
Article: Design Tutorial
“Design Tutorial: 5 Steps for a Successful Web Design.” Codementor, 25 January 2015