Course Director Master's in Electronic Publishing at City University
11 October 2010 13:34pm
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
The class enrolment is 15 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
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
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
If you are interested please contact me by email at: neilt 'at' soi.city.ac.uk
or telephone 07813 009590.
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