User Interfaces (GUI)
all Graphic Design students, and I have no doubt that every
one of you has more graphic design talent that I do. I know
you could all make pretty sites, cool, funky sites, slicko corporate
sites. You could whip them up in Photoshop and using authoring
tools get them to function to some degree as a website. Ah,
but I want MORE than that from you! I want you to make websites
that work WELL. Having a good GUI is imperative.
mentioned in the intro, being a well informed web user is the
first step to being a good web developer, so we'll spend the
first few weeks just looking at sites and how well they work.
This isn't just an assignment, it will be a change in the way
you surf the web. You'll notice new things - what works, what
doesn't. Hopefully you'll find yourself asking "Why did
they do that?" a lot. I spend a lot of time online, and
every time I visit a new site I start to analyse it in the back
of my mind.
let you choose the sites to review, as that gives me the best
idea of what you like - but then later, we'll have to get a
bit more realistic and hard-nosed. What are YOUR clients likely
to want here in Perth? Probably, a pretty simple functional
site that looks good but is easy to update, ranks well, loads
quickly and is easy to navigate.
the needs of your client goes beyond what they just tell
you they want when it comes to making a website. There are a
lot of technical issues and limitations - more than we can cover
in a semester, but at least we'll start to touch on those. There
are issues that may seem small but can make all the difference
to the success of their site.
& Tell in GUI Class: (only web, not DVDs
sites you might like:
you all in class...