Things I'd like from my site:
- A Gallery of photos: no commenting, prints for sale, easily populated (Lightroom export?), cataloged by keyword, location, highly searchable, and someday I'd like it to include interactive collaging
- About/info page: bio
- Contact: email, links to me elsewhere like twitter etc, RSS for photos and blog?
- Blog: old posts from blogger + new posts, shiny layout, browseable, comments, share buttons
- Portfolio: other design work, samples, articles, projects, certificates, whatever else
- Someday: a sandbox area near the portfolio for projects in progress, something to do with Github?
- Aesthetic: simple, lots of white space (or black space), nice OFL (Open Font License) fonts and thin lines, simple image display, good navigation, one animation/movement/interactive element on top page.
I also discovered that a local web design etc firm called Clikzy Creative posted their entire design process to their site so that clients will know what they're getting into. My process will be a bit different, of course, but it's good to know how a more formal environment would handle the same task.
- Essentially: "Discovery, Site Map, Content, Wireframe, Mockup, Revise, Develop, SEO, Launch."
- So again, an essential process looks like: "Discussion, Goals, Mockups, Revisions, Development and Programming, Soft Launch and Client Training, Full Launch and two weeks included Support."
Back to my own website. A few basic steps to get there:
- Define required elements - site map (above)
- Find appropriate platform
- Wireframing, prototypes, mockups - grids?
- Testing it on unsuspecting potential users - feedback and revision
- Build, develop, whatever you want to call it
- Design details/ illustrations? Finishing touches
- Later additions: animation, better databases? E-commerce...
Each step along the way will probably be a bit more involved, but that should give me a good starting framework to go on. Don't mind me if both my website and blog suddenly disappear while I'm shuffling things around...