Course Director Master's in Electronic Publishing at City University
19 November 2012 15:41pm
I'm a senior lecturer at City University London and teach a postgraduate course in Design and Layout for the Web. Each year I seek a real world client who is interested in providing a web design problem for my class of Master's students.
The focus of the class is the visual design and layout of web sites. The design process that the students go through involves three stages: concept boards, digital mock-ups and final implementation in browser readable form. It is an iterative process, and the students get feedback at each stage, from me and the client.
The class enrolment is 17 students which means if you get involved you'll be able to tap into a considerable pool of creative talent to work on your design problem. In previous years clients have included Mercedes-Benz, and Bafta-award winner Oxford Film and Television.
The design problem set could be the design of a new site or the redesign of an existing site. If it is the former you'll need to have the information architecture of the site at an advanced stage before the class begins in January 2013.
I ask that the client commits to the following:
1. Produce a briefing document describing the design problem.
2. Meet the students at City University London at the start of the project to brief them in person and answer their questions.
3. Be available via email during the duration of the project to answer question that might arise.
4. Look through the students' initial concept boards, and provide feedback individually and collectively at a face-to-face meeting at City University London.
5. As (4) for their digital prototypes.
6. At the end of the course look through the final work (which will be provided in browser-readable form), and provide a summative feedback individually and attend a session (lasting about 3 hours) where students present their work and you (and I) provide feedback.
This is a great opportunity to have the creative talent of a group of postgraduate web design students focussed for a 3 month period on your web design / layout problem.
If you are interested please contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07813 009590.
CEO at Econsultancy
22 November 2012 12:40pm
When you talk about visual design/layout does this exclude functional stuff like applications? I can think of a few challenges we face that might be interesting to have your students work on but they're not really about design/layout and more about tools/interfaces (like site search, for example).
22 November 2012 14:22pm
The class has a 'Design and Layout' focus so, although IA and usability challenges are relevant, site search and other tools/interfaces don't really fit.
However our students could take on other challenges for their final project (3 months' independent work).
Perhaps you could give me some more details (on email@example.com)
22 November 2012 16:15pm
There is perhaps one challenge which is more to do with design/layout that we are asking ourselves.
That is how to provide navigation/filters in our blog which allow for geo-targeting/relevance. We now have content from around the world but perhaps someone in the US doesn't want to see/read about what is happening in Australia. We can serve US users different content so could exclude/downweight 'Australian' content (and vice versa). But what's the best way to show this visually? Tabs? Defaulted options or user-customisation? Filters?
Other challenges we could pose. For example:
1. Site search - http://econsultancy.com/uk/search - what could this be? (improved filters etc.)
2. Training courses - http://econsultancy.com/uk/training/courses - big list like this doesn't seem the best way to help people find the right course for them. How could this be better/different?
3. Reports - http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports - ditto point 2
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