Introduction to IXD301

On Thursday 26th we had our first lecture with Kyle, we started with a brief introduction into IXD103 which will be our “Designing with Content” module. In this introduction we looked at Push Vs Pull content and Content Design and how that its about words and vocabulary but also about how content is presented to the user so that it is easy to use, meets there need and is trustworthy. By the end of this module I will have hopefully created my own portfolio website that others can use to view my work in hope to hire me for placement.

Wikipedia states :

A content designer’s task is to communicate information in the best way possible.[1] They usually work with text, images, or video.

Content designers research the audience so that they can design effective content for them. They try to make it simple for that audience to find the content they need. They manage the content to keep it useful and up to date

Content designers can work on the web, in print, or on digital services and applications. The term is mainly used in online marketing, sound design, or government publishing.”

Content designers are often involved in online marketing, and usually focus on animated graphics, texts, videos, and sound depending on the message and the target audience. Most content designers produce their own content from scratch and work on their project individually, often using social media.

Portfolio Site and Content Strategy 

In class we also covered responsive work flows, Discovery, Planning, Text Design, Sketching, Visual Design, Building and Testing.

Discovery stage– Getting to know the client- what they want, what is their goal, what do they wish to achieve, 

Planning– Refining the project, what is most important and what is least important to them

Text Design stage– Writing the Content on paper before applying it to the portfolio site

Sketching stage– Getting your ideas out onto paper, thinking about the layout of the site, creating wireframes and prototypes of the site, considering how it is going to look.

Visual Design stage – Visual design is the use of imagery, color, shapes, typography, and form to enhance usability and improve the user experience

Building stage– Building the foundation to the site, prototyping.

Testing stage–  Letting others look at the site you have built testing whether it works efficiently and that everything is correct, If not the sketch stage will have to be undertaken again. 

When creating my portfolio website for this module I will consider each of the stages that I covered today to ensure that my portfolio website is perfect!

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