Design Principles

Learn the basics of planning and designing a user-focused website.

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Design Principles

Learn the basics of planning and designing a user-focused website.

What you’ll be able to do — competencies

  • Establish the purpose and goals of the website
  • Identify the characteristics and needs of the website’s audience
  • Create a site architecture diagram that describes the website’s information flow
  • Develop a navigation plan for the website
  • Write the design specification for the website
  • Determine the publishing environment for the website

Course description

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Explore the planning and design phase of creating a user-focused site. This course covers the steps to take before you start building, including defining the purpose and audience; outlining the structure and navigation; and designing the look and feel. In this class, you will create a detailed plan for your site.

Prerequisites

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  • Students should have a basic knowledge of the Web and browsers
  • Participants should be proficient with navigating to folders and files; opening, saving and closing files; and using menus, toolbars and dialog boxes

Syllabus

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Establish the purpose and goals of the website.

  • Write a mission statement for the website
  • Develop measurable website goals
  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of competitor websites

Identify the characteristics and needs of the website’s audience.

  • Identify the relevant demographic and psychographic characteristics of the website’s audience
  • Describe the computer and networking technology used by the website’s audience
  • Identify what the audience needs from the website

Create a site architecture diagram that describes the website’s information flow.

  • Identify and organize the main topics of the website
  • Create the site structure that best maps the information flow

Develop a navigation plan for the website.

  • Create a navigation system for the website
  • Apply user-friendly navigation labels
  • Identify a method to let users know where they are within the site

Write the design specification for the website.

  • Create a wireframe diagram showing the layout of the webpages
  • Identify fonts that work well on webpages
  • Select an appropriate color scheme for the website
  • Determine the graphics and multimedia to be used on the website 

Determine the publishing environment for the website.

  • Select an appropriate domain name
  • Select a web hosting service

Next available start dates

Online — Evenings

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Design Principles
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Total classroom hours

9 hours

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Schedule

Online

Evenings, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 3 W - 9/9/2020 - 9/23/2020

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Total cost

$349

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Instructor: Kathy Gill

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Notes

Online courses require an internet connection and the ability to interact both through audio and video using either a web cam/microphone, speakers/headset using a computer or via a mobile phone connection. Any costs associated with connectivity or equipment are the responsibility of the student.

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