Week 10…Navigation and Wireframing!

For the most part, what I have envisioned for Elif’s site has been based on my own user experience.  This module has taught me that before you decide how you want things to look or lay them out that you have to gather all the information and content first and them organize it based on several points:  the intent of the site, what the users wants from the site, what the user will need and the amount of content.

When I first thought about designing this page for Elif, I immediately began dreaming up how it would look.  I was excited about colors and started looking up how other make up sites looked without considering the content.  Every article I read and the lecture we had to watch on Adobe TV emphasized that you should not make the content fit into the design, the design should fit the content.

The other important lesson I learned in the vein of print versus web is that print media is static and the web is fluid.  Being a “fine artist” you can completely control the “layout” of your work.  You can create a page break and indent, the exact size of the font, the size of the page and the user can only read.  On the internet, the user can manipulate certain aspects of your page through their browser or just using their fingers to increase the font/page size.  You have to take this into consideration and create your page to be adaptable.  This reinforces the idea that the designer should focus on the intent/function first.

My perspective on this project has definitely changed as we move along.  As a result, what I have in mind for the site is changing as well.