– Web Design – Live Website Redesign: Sitemaps

Aure builds out the ThisWeekIn Web Design sitemap in Illustrator as Jose and guest Victoria Heric build a pen and paper version, demonstrating two techniques for approaching sitemap creation. 00:39 Guest Introductions, Victoria Heric of David & Goliath 03:18 Aure finally gets insurance with Hiscox 08:28 Reviewing the site architecture 09:18 Using Illustrator to build a sitemap 11:20 Designing hierarchy within the sitemap 14:35 Getting in the zone as a project manager 17:52 Working collaboratively on a sitemap originally generated in Illustrator 19:10 The importance of working with a hybrid approach while designing sitemaps 24:43 Aure and Victoria discuss approaches for planning a site’s development 26:08 Jose breaks down projects into Execution, Inception, and Launch categories 27:35 Prioritizing with the client using the MOSCOW process 30:19 Jose encourages viewers to have fun with the prioritization process 31:08 The Design Tackle Box 32:58 It’s only live television as Jose drenches his laptop 33:45 Defining the Assessment category for the ThisWeekIn website 35:21 Determining the importance of a sitewide Blog and it’s relevance to Community 39:14 The team discuss the importance of forums on the ThisWeekIn website 40:41 Brainstorming methods to integrate sponsors into the website redesign beyond banner ads 44:02 Designing the user experience of the Assesment process 50:54 The site is starting to sound like one giant dating service 54:04 Sink Or Swim for Skye Crue Media

White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating Visually through Graphic, Web and Multimedia Design

Designing a brochure or web site without an art background? Step away from the computer and read this breezy introduction to visual communications first. Written for non-designers, White Space is Not Your Enemy is a practical graphic design and layout text introducing the concepts and practices necessary for producing effective visual communications across a variety of formats, from print to Web.

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book covers the basics to help you develop your eye and produce attractive work. Topics include:
* The basics of effective design that communicates its intended message
* Pre-design planning
* 13 Layout Sins to avoid
* Basic typography
* Working with color
* Storyboarding for video, Web, and presentions
* Information graphics
* Mini Art School–all the basics in one chapter
* Outputting your work

* Finally–the basics of layout, design, and visual communication for print and web in one easy-to-digest book!
* “Try This” sections in each chapter include fun, hands-on activities to develop skills.
* The companion web site includes text and photo support material; video clips that put the principles in practice; interactive multimedia components; and links.

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