This week we learned where content comes from and the sources of this content.
Content comes from;
- clients- content client gathers for you
- self-generated content- personal brand or blog
- user-generated content- twitter or social media ~ these sites are full of content
Content curation is how you organise content in a meaningful way. An example of this could simply be making a playlist of your favourite songs or creating a board of images you’ve seen on pinterest.
By curating content in this way you automatically give all these separate pieces of content a meaning and context. This can help generate more ideas and content.
This week we learned about user stories, how to make them and why they are beneficial.
We learned a user story is a way of focussing on what you need to do for your digital product design. The format of a user story goes like this;
- As a person [in a particular field/role]
- I want to [perform an action/ or seek out information]
- So that I [can achieve my goal of]
The best content has a clear purpose and creating user stories is a great way to help develop and define the purpose of what you want to create.
Task- create 3 of your own user stories
These could be on any topic not just related to ux to make us think outside the box for what any user would want to do
1- As a [large animal vet]
I want to [to keep up-to-date on new medical information]
So that I [can improve my knowledge base and better diagnose illnesses]
2- As a [primary school teacher]
I want to [find some good learning resources online]
So that I [teach information my students will understand]
3- As a [Ux Design student]
I want to [Research ux portfolios]
So that I [can improve my own designs]
Crazy 8’s Task
insert images from sketchbooks
Portfolio Site update
This week I developed my site further by designing some quick sketches and wireframes of what I wanted.
These were my first sketches of what I wanted the website to look like for the first 3 pages, Home, About and Contact, just ti get me started.
I had this idea when I was sketching of vertical text on the side of the website to tell you what page you were on, I thought it would be simple yet not something you see everyday. Something else I liked about these sketches was the idea of 2 columns where the content would be stored. These two main elements is what I took with me when designing my digital wireframes…
This was my homepage
This was my about me page
I decided to merge the contact page to just be a couple of links with icons on the bottom of the homepage instead of having its own page. This way contact would be available quicker and one every page. I liked the idea of having the text of my name on the homepage, animate when the cursor hovers over it. The text would multiply and fade under the header text. I thought this would give it a more interactive feel.
These wireframes were then given some feedback from my lecturer and peers in my class. The feedback points were as follows:
- Use about me layout as homepage
- Use standard icons for contact links
- Put contact in footer
- Separate Case studies into different page and add call to action
Mock-ups and Changes
I took the feedback on board and started making my hi-res mock-ups of my site with the changes needed.
Changes: Took on format of ‘about me’ page and contact links are standard icons and in footer
Changes: Separate projects page was added to showcase all case studies- not on homepage
Content and design for first case study was made and images added.
Changes: New about me page was made- short biography and images were filled out. Contact in footer
Overall Thoughts so far…
Overall I’m really enjoying how my website looks so far, I think it looks different and the bright colours are fun. The feedback I received really forced me to elevate my site and I think in the end it’s been very beneficial for me.