Web Design Questions

I have noticed that as students work on the web and graphic design for smarterparenting.com, that without a background in instructional design, they can struggle. While working in industry I noticed that often design questionnaires can help organize the ideas that need to be included in the design (and understood) before moving from wireframing to graphic layout. Here’s a few to consider:

1. Do you have a domain name? If not, do you have ideas on one? If so, what is it?

2. What is your company name? Do you want to use the entire name on the site, current logo, graphics, and colors (how flexible are you on those issues)?

3. What are the most essential pages you need? What are the most essential things you need on those pages?

4. Do you have special features in mind like ECommerce shopping cart, BLOG, RSS, Forms with emails, Newsletter sign up, auto responders, advertising landing/call-to-action pages, etc.?

5. Who is your intended audience? Are they regional, industry specific, company size specific, etc.?

6. Do you intend to provide a call to action – make a sale, call in to your office, fill out a form, etc?

7. Describe your ideal client and the specific attributes that we’ll be targeting in the website.

8. What are your website expectations, main emphasis and primary goals – increased sales, increased leads, etc.? Please prioritize.

9. What separates your company from your competition and what do you expect will draw clients to the website?

10. How do you plan to market the website?

11. What company properties/items do you want to emphasize on the website? Please prioritize.

12. Do you already have a logo and other graphics to be used? If not, do you want to have one created?

13. Have you identified a tag line? That would be something like “Just do it”, “Reach out and touch someone”, etc.

14. What keywords do you want to be found by in the search engines?

15. Please provide a list of websites that you like and don’t like. Why do you or do you not like these sites?

16. Please provide a list of competitors websites.

17. Do you have ideas of the colors to be used, and colors you don’t like? Please provide example sites.

18. Do you have an intended website screen size – 1024×768, 800×600, or stretch to the entire width of the screen?

19. If the site isn’t the entire width of the screen do you have a preference for left or center alignment?

20. Do you have a horizontal or left-side vertical preference for the main navigation?

21. Please provide the main pages you need in the website.

22. Have you created the copy text for any of your pages?

23. Do you have existing business cards or other printed material we need to match?

24. Are you leaning towards custom drawn artwork or photographs?

Bookmarks for February 13th from 09:14 to 09:37

These are my links for February 13th from 09:14 to 09:37:

Who said parents can’t influence their kids to appreciate design?!

Below you’ll find two images. The first is of a Chinese Dragon Isaac made in his 2nd Grade class, highlighting the wishes he’s making on Chinese New Year. The second image is a close-up of this dragon on one of his wishes; it reads: “My wish for my community is…cooler logos.” Hmm, who would have thought that a son of a graphic designer (Leah) and technology professor (me). Go figure. Hilarious.

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Bookmarks for February 8th from 22:42 to 22:57

These are my links for February 8th from 22:42 to 22:57: