Archive | November 2012

Session 5: Information Architecture: Site Maps, Wireframes and Storyboards


  • Geek speak
  • Competitive analysis discussion/feedback
  • Visual design tools mini-lecture/discussion/practice
  • Project work/lab
  • Dinner break – 7:00- 7:30 pm (I have to do a hangout)

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Project Assignments

Precis for projects

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A Comparison of The Seattle Times, New York Times and BBC News sites

Group: Ian and Jake

Genre: News Media

The Seattle Times

The New York Times

BBC News

Similarities in Design

  • All three news sites have a top search bar (although two are on the right side, and NY Times is on the left)
  • All three have white backgrounds and black logos.
  • Both the Seattle Times and the New York Times have the same font.
  • They all use a basic three-column layout to organize content
  • All sites included a combination of blue and black text.


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Stealing Competition Secrets for

My site is ultimately about artistic expression. It will display the collaborative work of my brother and I: visual, audio and literary. What I would see effective design is a design that does not interfere with the art that is being express in the content. The design should be intuitive: navigation should be effortless and shouldn’t detract from the aesthetic.

The people who will be coming to our site would be people who are looking to be inspired by our art. They would also be artistic people such as musicians, creative writers, filmmakers, photographers, etc. We also want to attract potential partners who will work with us to produce more content. Another group of people who will be attracted to our site will be our friends and family—basically people with a vested interest in being familiar with our more creative side.

The sites that I’ve identified that would act a completion are:

Kemi Alabi


Fiction Family

Kemi Alabi

This is a personal portfolio for Kemi Alabi who is a spoken word poet and performer.


I love the way the background has an artistic pattern that doesn’t interfere with the content, which appears to be placed on a clean white layer. I like the typography, especially with the links.


Her home page doesn’t display any content and is labled simply as hey. The link to the photo page is not apparent and can be found only after hovering over the video page link. Same with bio, which drops down after hovering over “hey.”


Nabil Abou-Harb is an Arab-American filmmaker and photographer. This is a portfolio of his work.


It has a clean white minimal look that I like. I especially like his videos page with displays his films from side to side rather than up and down. His info page is concise and straight forward.


The theme is almost too minimal and would be quite boring if it were not for the bold pictures. The home page is also static, displaying only one large photo.

Fiction Family

Fiction Family is a music collaboration between Switchfoot front man Jon Forman and Nickel Creek guitarist, Sean Watkins.


I like the greyscale theme of the pictures on the homepage which pan left to right, rotating periodically. Even though the images are inactive, this is much better than a static home page. There is a pattern on the background which doesn’t distract to the content but rather enhances it. I like the way they have embedded Soundcloud to their media page.


Half of the six links to pages on the top take the visitor to a different site, such as Store. Also, I think it was redundant to place Twitter and Facebook as links on the top.



Domain Name System (DNS)

Domain Name System, or DNS is a system that resolves and matches domain names and IP addresses of servers and devices on the Internet. All devices and/or services connected to the Internet, including servers are identified by two IP addresses, IPv4 and IPv6. In order to access information contained in these servers, a device needs to request it with the IP address. However, IP addresses are long strings of number which are difficult to remember for humans (e. g. for

DNS provides a way to match these IP numbers to a domain name that uses words and letters, making it easier for humans to remember and recognize. The first version was invented by Paul Mockapetris in 1983. Although the name to number system was used since the days of ARAPNET, DNS provided hierarchical, automatic, distributive method of doing so that was less vulnerable to crisis.