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What to Include in a Website Proposal - How to Write a Website Proposal

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A website proposal contains many aspects different from other graphic design proposals, in that technical elements must be addressed along with creative ones. While print proposals do address items such as printing procedures, website proposals must specify web hosting, systems for maintaining content, programs or programming languages to be used and other technical specifications.

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Thanks again to Mark for this article on website design proposals.  Some good tips.

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GA13's curator insight, March 19, 2014 7:47 AM

While this article isn't as in-depth as I'd like and takes more of a stand on the practical aspects we don't necessarily need because we won't be working for an actual client - I still think it will be helpful to keep my proposal on track and to remember what requirements it should be considering as if it is a proposal outside of an assessment.

Mark Bottger's curator insight, March 19, 2014 7:51 AM

Some simple tips on creating a website proposal. Fairly high level stuff but could be useful to consider for assignment 2.

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Color Scheme Designer 3

A designer tool for creating color combinations that work together well.

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Thanks again to Ben for this one - will be very useful I think! 

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Ben Tolliday's curator insight, March 20, 2014 2:56 AM

Helpful for those that lack an innate colour sense

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Effective, Eye Catching Black on White Logos

Effective, Eye Catching Black on White Logos | ITC589 Assignment 1 | Scoop.it
Logo design is an art on it's own, and restricting yourself to one color makes it even more creative. Using black on white has one obvious advantage: it works
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A collection of interesting black-on-white logos, showing that simplicity is sometimes the most effective approach

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25-point Website Usability Checklist

Use this simple, 25-point checklist to assess critical website usability issues. Includes free download (1-page PDF).
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A nice, simple website useability checklist!

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Get a Peek Into Your Site's Usability

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See and hear a 5-minute video of a real person using your site. It's super fast, and totally free.
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This looks very useful!  Free real-world 5-min useability testing of your website!

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Dieter Rams' 10 principles of good web design | netmag | Creative Bloq

Dieter Rams' 10 principles of good web design | netmag | Creative Bloq | ITC589 Assignment 1 | Scoop.it
“My heart belongs to the details. I actually always found them to be more important than the big picture. Nothing works without details.
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Dieter Rams' 10 principles of good design, applied to web design.  Not sure how useful this really is, but it's an interesting read!

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▶ Four Principles of Design, It's all CRAP - 2GeeksThinking - YouTube

If you're visiting to a website or reading a magazine, you may notice that many successful designs follow these principles. Following the lead of these desig...
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It's all CRAP!  Design elements to consider in effective web design.

 

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Research highlights the importance of logos

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(Phys.org) —Brand logos that create a sense of motion can enhance a customer's evaluation of the brand, says a University of Michigan researcher.
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Interesting article about the perception of movement in logos and the impact on customers brand attitude

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10 Common Mistakes In Logo Design | Smashing Magazine

10 Common Mistakes In Logo Design | Smashing Magazine | ITC589 Assignment 1 | Scoop.it

TWith the power of the Web, and more eyes watching than ever, it's important for a business to communicate its unique message clearly. The easiest way to recognize a company and distinguish it from others is by its logo. Below, we go through 10 common logo design mistakes that you should avoid if you want to create a successful and professional logo. A professional business should look professional. New business owners often invest a lot of time and money in property and equipment, but do not often match it by investing suitably in their logo. The most common reasons why many logos look amateurish: the business owner wanted to save money by designing the logo quickly themselves, a friend or relative who claims to know a little about graphic design does it as a favor or the wrong people are commissioned or the business outsourced the job via one of several design competition websites, which are mostly populated by amateur designers.


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Thanks to Mark for this article - some good tips on effective and useable logo design

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Mark Bottger's curator insight, March 19, 2014 7:44 AM

Some more really good tips on common mistakes made when creating logos

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25 Best Examples of Flat UI Design Websites | The Design Inspiration

25 Best Examples of Flat UI Design Websites | The Design Inspiration | ITC589 Assignment 1 | Scoop.it
Currently browsing 25 Best Examples of Flat UI Design Websites for your design inspiration

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Thanks to Ben for this article - I think this is my favoured look.  Interesting examples.

 

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Ben Tolliday's curator insight, March 20, 2014 8:16 PM

As more and more websites move towards the "Modern" design language, this is an interesting set of examples to take cues from

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How Big Brand Logos Lure Consumers [INFOGRAPHIC] - PSFK

How Big Brand Logos Lure Consumers [INFOGRAPHIC] - PSFK | ITC589 Assignment 1 | Scoop.it
This infographic shows how a simple design can influence and inspire global familiarity.
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Interesting infographic on logo impact

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Website Usability Tips for How People Use the Web

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This article looks like it should be quite good for overall site layout from a useability perspective.

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▶ The 'Mom Test' for Website Usability Testing with Matt Bailey - YouTube

Matt Bailey explains the simplicity of usability testing to make sure that a site is easily navigated by someone who is not familiar with your site or busine...
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The "Mom test" for website usability!

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Jeremy Keith Interview: Web Standards and Design Principles at An Event Apart

Jeremy Keith Interview: Web Standards and Design Principles at An Event Apart | ITC589 Assignment 1 | Scoop.it
JeremyKeith gave a great talk at An Event Apart about design principles. Inthe talk, he shows how everything should start with goals, which thenlead to principles that reflect those goals, and finally result indesign patterns to implement them.
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Very interesting video and transcript centred around standards and design principles for effective websites

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10 Principles Of Effective Web Design

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Most users search for something interesting (or useful) and clickable; as soon as some promising candidates are found, users click.
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Great guidance on web design, and how to build an engaging site

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