Graphic Design at Ferris: Site Redesign

  • Discovery Phase
     
    Evaluation of old site
    Benchmarking
    Research technology
    Interview user groups
     
    Outcome:
    More dynamic content on front
    More robust gallery
    Something to bring students back to the site
    Show the program to future students
    Incorporate AIGA student group
  • Planning Phase
     
    Proposal 1
    Keep old site the same while adding dynamic content and a section for current students
     
    Proposal 2
    Reorganize the site to have content
    focused on future and current students
  • Prototyping & Production
     
    New home page with more dynamic content
    Database-driven gallery
    Dynamic gallery with content pulled to home pg
    Sitelets for each grade year
    Addition of Twitter and Facebook content
     
    Technology:
    HTML, CSS, PHP used throughout site
    Java Script / jQuery carousel, Twitter on front pg 
    PHP, mySQL, and Java Script for gallery 
    HTML, CSS, jQuery, Flash for grade year sitelets
  • Discovery, planning, prototyping, and production phases of the redesign of the Ferris State University Graphic Design program’s website. 
     
    Creative Direction: Alison Popp
    Co-designers: GRDE '10 Class
     
    My Contributions:
    Benchmark other schools and websites 
    User testing of current website
    Research new technology and ways of keeping the site updated and current
    Planning how to organize the site through sitemaps and wireframes
    Prototypes of all the different page types
    Kept documents organized and team members on task