Proper management of a project will ensure a smooth project and a happy customer. This process has four phases and we will explore them in this course. The phases consist of preproject tasks, planning, production, and postproduction.
Managing the project scope is important to a successful project. The time we put into the planning and creation of the scope statement allows for the full process to be thought through and documented. During this process, new ideas and concepts may be explored and planned for.
When sharing an idea with a client, use of a mockup is helpful as you may then develop many rough ideas to share without putting too much time into each. Once a client has made a choice, you may use the mockup to develop the design to its full potential.
Understanding the information that needs to be gathered, shared, and stored for later use is essential to the building of a complete project. Although you may not be the one responsible for data storage, understanding the process will help you as a designer to build the proper shell for the data to be displayed.
Once you have a visual layout and design approved by the client, the next step is to "slice" it into parts that may then be placed back together into an elastic shell that may grow and shrink with the amount of data displayed. The data may differ as the source may combine various amounts of data; therefore, we want to build flexible designs that always keeps our original vision in mind.
Understanding the implications of usability and accessibility will help you create projects that will be not only user friendly, but section 508 compliant. Creativity and innovative design are still possible while making sure a website project is built for the good of all.
The final steps of a web project include testing and client review. It is important to place the site in a safe, secure location that uses all of the technologies you are using in order to test all functionality.