MyAICampus Accounts

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If not, please go to MyAiCampus.com and create your account.

If you are having technical difficulties creating or accessing your account, please see Rachel in the Registrar’s office.

Syllabus

Discuss class goals, objectives and expectations. The Syllabus can be found on the eCompanion.

Class Blog

Several of your assignments in this course will require that you post to a class blog. Begin this week by creating a class blog for yourself.

For Discussion

Web Design Resources

Web Interfaces

—Web interfaces allow a user to interact with a website.

—The simplest web interfaces provide information and allow the user to click between site pages.
simplest web interface

Complex web interfaces act like software interfaces.

They accept and execute user commands.
accept and execute user commands accept and execute user commands
—They provide feedback to the user.
provide feedback to the user
provide feedback to the user
They allow users to filter data and rearrange interface elements.
filter data and rearrange interface elements
They can update instantaneously.
can update instantaneously

Web Usabilitydontmakemethink

  • —Web designers need to consider the needs of users when designing a web interface.
  • —Usability refers to the degree to which a user can quickly and confidently navigate a website.
  • Usability is typically the number one factor influencing whether someone will stay on your site or go elsewhere for what they want or need.

12 Tips for Web Usability

The following is a summarized list of tips for making web sites usable. They come from the legendary book about web design usability, “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug.

  1. Don’t make your visitors have to think. A web page should be self-evident, obvious, self-explanatory.
    self-evident, obvious, self-explanatory
  2. Recognize that visitors don’t read pages. They scan them, and they muddle through.
    visitors don't read pages
  3. Create a clear visual hierarchy.
    clear visual hierarchy
  4. Use conventional methods of organizing content (predictability is your friend).
    conventional methods of organizing content
  5. Break up pages into clearly defined areas.
    Break up pages into clearly defined areas
  6. Make it obvious what’s clickable.
    Make it obvious what's clickable
  7. Keep visual noise to a minimum.
    Keep visual noise to a minimum
  8. Omit needless words.
    Omit needless words
  9. Create street signs and breadcrumbs in your navigation. On any page, a visitor should be able to answer these questions:
    • What site is this?
    • What page am I on?
    • What are the major sections of the site?
    • What are my options at this level?
    • Where am I in the scheme of things?
    • How can I search?
      Create street signs and breadcrumbs in your navigation
  10. Your home page must convey “the big picture” for your visitors:
    • What is this?
    • What do they have here?
    • What can I do here?
    • Why should I be here-and not somewhere else?
    • Where do I start?
      home page must convey the big picture
  11. Nothing beats a good tagline.
    Nothing beats a good tagline
  12. Don’t design for a mythical “average user.” Test your site with real, ordinary people.
    usability-testing-photo

Overview: Final Project

Review the specifications for the Final Project.