Module 2 – SLP
For Module 2, you are to continue to work with the information architecture tutorial at Webmonkey.com. Please read through Lesson 2 , and follow its steps for creating Chapter 2 of your design document:
- Define the Audience
- Create Scenarios
- Competitive Analysis
This part of the tutorial concludes:
“It is time to document what you have just done. Create a new chapter in your design document called User Experience. Add the audience definition, and incorporate the scenarios. You could try to integrate the scenarios with the audience definition, but it is probably better to put them in their own section. Next, write up a summary of the competitive analysis and add it to the design document. The competitive analysis itself should be included as an appendix. Remember to publish these results so that everyone can see them.”
Your “publication” consists of submitting your “results and appendix” in report form as your SLP 2 assignment.
SLP Assignment Expectations
Length: 2-3 pages typed and double-spaced
The following items will be assessed in particular:
- The degree to which you have carried out the assignment completely, or clarified why you could not and investigated alternatives
- Your ability to focus on the overall purposes of the assignment, not just its specific steps
- Your use of some in-text references to what you have read; please cite all sources properly
Information architecture is the science of figuring out what you want your site to do and then constructing a blueprint before you dive in and put the thing together. It’s more important than you might think, and John Shiple, aka Squishy, tells you why.
Squishy first looks at how to define your site’s goals, shedding light on the all-important art of collecting clients’ or co-workers’ opinions and assembling them in a coherent, weighted order of importance. He also shares his scheme for documenting everything so that all parties can keep up.
The next step is figuring out who the heck your audiences are going to be. Once that’s out of the way, you can start organizing your future site into pages of content and functions that the site will need to have.
Next, Squishy gets into creativityland, where you start to build the beast:form a skeleton, pick your metaphors, map out your navigation. Then it’s time to break out the graphics program, come up with layout grids, design sketches, and mock-ups, and get ready to build!