Monday, 31 October 2011

Client web site brief

Web design brief
Your task is to make some sample designs for one of two clients. You can choose between Judy, an alternative therapist, and Peter, a carpenter.

You need to present the same basic information but can use different images and display their text differently.

They will require the key features of web pages to be present:

  • their name, logo and/or business title 
  • a navigation menu providing simple access to the indicated pages 
  • a consistent page layout (although you can have a different home page if you wish, providing it still matches the general theme adopted) 
  • a footer showing some contact details and include ‘Design by [your name]’ on all pages except the Home page 
  • headings to identify the content of each page, which may be in an artistic or graphic style 
  • normal text should be in a font that will display properly on most users’ computers 
1. Make two different designs for one or two pages first

2. Your tutor will then discuss with you which is most likely to appeal to the client or be most suitable for later actual production

3. Using the selected design, or an adaptation of one of them, make samples of the other main site pages.

4. You can use any application for this stage of the design process but sketches are unlikely to be suitable for adequately reflecting what published pages might look like. As you may need to submit your designs electronically, digital representation (Presentation slides, DrawPlus sheets, PDFs etc) is recommended.

5. For images other than the clients or your own you should note the source and whether you are aware of its licence terms. (If a client did wish to use a particularly suitable one then you would have to ensure that it was either licensed for commercial use or seek permission to include it. At this stage you may assume that it is in order to include in your drafts).

6. More advanced students can move on to include indications of dimensions for the components of the pages (overall width, image sizes, menu area padding etc.) and to note the font names, colours and sizes proposed. This will be required when the designs are converted to pages for publication.

  • 2 initial design samples 
  • All main pages in selected theme and style 
  • Image sources noted 
  • Licence status of images 
  • Annotations added for measurements 
  • Font details noted