Week 19 – Starting off with Web Design

With this the first semester at Noroff has ended. We are now kick-starting the second semester and are being introduced to the principles of web design and the basic information on the subject. I’m really looking forward to look at coding again, I’ve got some basic knowledge from IT2 at my Upper Secondary School and I really loved working with codes then. So I belive it will be even better this time!

The Internet – the Internet is a global system that interconnects devices, such as computers, smart-phones, tablets and other electronics with a Wi-Fi connection, to share information between devices. This information can be as plain as text or a funny video.

HTML – (Hyper Text Markup Language) is the markup code language that is used to set up the structure of a site. It is the main code language when it comes to Internet sites and is assisted by CSS for styling of the site and JavaScript for interaction and effects on the site.

Browser – is a program that makes it possible to see the websites and not just the HTML, CSS and JavaScript codes. It makes the code visual.

Search engine – is an online engine that sorts out websites and returns relevant sites from the keywords you asked for. Examples are Google, Bing and Yahoo!.


From the lessons this week we were handed 10 questions that should be included in a brief before you start on we design for a client. We should add 10 more questions and then in the end point out which one we think is most important. The following 10 are the ones we were handed and 11-20 is those I made. 

  1. What kind of visitors are you expecting on your website? (Consider their income, interests, gender and age.)
  2. Who are your competitors and how do you differ from them?
  3. What actions do you want visitors to take on the site?
  4. What is your deadline for completing the site? How big is the budget?
  5. What features should be used on your website? (This includes things like contact forms, pictures, videos, etc.)
  6. Please list the names of three sites that you like and explain what you like about them.
  7. Do you have any color preferences? What should the look and feel for the website be?
  8. Who will be the contact person for this project?
  9. What do you NOT want on your site in terms of text, content, color and graphic elements?
  10. Who will be responsible for maintaining the website? Will the person have the time and skills to do so?.
  11. Tell me about your company; include your company’s core values.
  12. What is the size of your company and approximately how many visitors do you expect to visit your site a day?
  13. What goals do the business have for the future, where do you see yourself in 5 years? How do you want to achieve this with your new website?
  14. How will the audience be accessing your site? Tablets, phones, and/or computers?
  15. Will you be using the content from your previous website? Who is going to make the new content for the site?
  16. Is this site likely to be targeting people that are in need of custom content, for example people with limited mobility, color blind, deaf, learning difficulties etc.
  17. Which type of promotion is expected to be used to promote the website?
  18. Why do you need a new website? And what did you like and don’t like about your previous website?
  19. For how long have your company been around?
  20. What do you want the new website to do for you? For example increase the web traffic or brand awareness, or be adding new functionalities or become mobile friendly?

In the end we should point out the most important ones. It was really hard for me to do this because I don’t think you’ll ever ask enough questions at a brief. There are always some information that you will miss out on. But I think it is really important to get the feeling of who your client is and how they want their customer to perceive them and keep a consistent branding. Then afterwards you should figure out what they want on their website and what they absolutely not want. And of course there will be smart to have some websites that you and your client look at together and notice what they do and do not like about those websites. Keep an open dialogue with your client and ask as many questions possible to understand what they might have in mind. 

  1. Tell me about your company; include your company’s core values. And your expected visitors and target group.
  2. What features should be used on your website? (This includes things like contact forms, pictures, videos, etc.)
  3. Do you have any color preferences? What should the look and feel for the website be?
  4. Why do you need a new website? And what did you like and don’t like about your previous website?
  5. How will the audience be accessing your site? Tablets, phones, and/or computers?
  6. Please list the names of three sites that you like and explain what you like about them.
  7. Who are your competitors and how do you differ from them?
  8. What goals do the business have for the future, where do you see yourself in 5 years? How do you want to achieve this with your new website?
  9. Who will be responsible for maintaining the website? Will the person have the time and skills to do so?
  10. Who will be the contact person for this project?

 

 

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