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Final Project

Students will create a professional website for a classmate. This website could take the form of a web design portfolio, small business website, informational site or whatever else the client desires. Projects must be approved by the instructor to ensure that they are feasible in an introductory level class, but are otherwise up to the client to decide.
The client will be in charge of setting the project goals, giving stylistic direction and providing all the content for the site. The designer is responsible for all other aspects of the site.
Grading Criteria:

  • 10 – 15 Unique Pages
  • Valid XHTML
  • External CSS
  • Original Text
  • Original Graphic Design*
  • No Broken Links
  • Proper Use of HTML Tags
  • Appropriate and Useful Content

*Public domain art may be used if appropriate for the project.
The final project will be divided into seven different parts, due throughout the semester. Each part is worth 10 percent of your final grade. Check the class schedule often to ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines.

  • Client Needs Assessment
  • Site Architecture Plan
  • Content for Every Page (Client)
  • Design Look and Feel
  • HTML/CSS Prototype
  • Final Site
  • Analysis and Critique Paper

Client Needs Assessment

Due February 1
Interview your client. Determine the goals for the site. Write a three page paper identifying the purposes identified by the client for this site. Elaborate on the following:

  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What tone, theme, metaphore and visuals might be used to convey the purpose of the site?
  • What information will be presented by this site?
  • Describe the primary organizational sections of the site
  • Include in a rough layout (pencil block sketch)

Site Architecture Plan

Due February 17
Each designer must come up with a comprehensive plan for the information architecture of his client’s site. This should include every page on the site organized into proper folders. The document should be hand-drawn or printed out and turned in during class that day. When creating the document, consider the following:

  • Make sure the site has 10-15 pages
  • Each folder containing web pages should have a file named “index.html”
  • Don’t worry about drawing out style and image folders (though be aware of where they fit into the design)
  • Remember, this assignment deals with file structure, not links.

Site Content

Due March 8
For this assignment, the client (not the designer) must provide the content for every page of his or her website. This means every word of text that will appear on the finished website must be given to the designer (and the instructor) by the due date. If a webpage includes images, the images should be given to the designer and a list of the images on each page (not the actual images) should be turned in to the instructor. In summary, this is what must be turned in:

  • A Microsoft Word Document or PDF
  • The text for each web page should be separated into a different section of the document.
  • Any images should be listed, but not included in the document.
  • This should be a professional site, so check your grammar and spelling.
  • The assignment will be submitted by e-mail.

Don’t forget to give the content to your designer as well as your instructor.

Final Design

Due March 15
At this point, you should know exactly what your site will look like. For this assignment, you should turn in an picture of exactly what your site will look like, including actual text and final images. You may do this in a program like Photoshop or simply take a screenshot of your home page. You must turn in one image, though if you have any pages that differ dramatically, you may wish to include a separate image of one of these pages. Remember:

  • Turn in an image, no HTML required
  • Include all final images and text
  • No placeholder text or images

We will be presenting these designs in class for any final suggestions and critique by your classmates. You must be in class this day in order to get the points for presenting.

HTML/CSS Prototype

Due April 7
For this assignment, you must have one single page of your website completed with proper HTML and CSS. The page should look just like the image you submitted for the previous assignment. The code on this page should reflect the way the rest of the site will be when finished and will be graded to the same standards. Again, there should be no place holders in this assignment and all layout and styling should be done by CSS.
Once this assignment is completed, the rest of the website should be relatively easy to finish, simply by putting the appropriate content in the remaining pages.

Completed Site

Due April 26
You should have the entire site completed and online so that it can be graded. Your site should meet all the needs of your client as well as the criteria mentioned previously for the final project, including:

  • 10 – 15 Unique Pages
  • Valid XHTML
  • External CSS
  • Original Text
  • Original Graphic Design
  • No Broken Links
  • Proper Use of HTML Tags
  • Appropriate and Useful Content

Upon completion, this site should be of the quality that it could be part of your portfolio as a web designer.

Site Analysis and Critique

Due April 28
Write a three page paper describing the process of creating your website, working with your client and learning the technical skills necessary to do so. Discuss the things that went well on the site, the things that you found difficult and the things you would change if you could do it again. Remember, unlike some of the other papers we have done in class, this is an actual essay, not a rough designs or notes. Pay attention to grammar and spelling.
Please bring a printed version of your paper on the last day of class.

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