Often as an instructional designer I also dabble into web design and development. When I do, I try to follow a process that I plan on outlining over the course of a few posts this month. I hope this information will help you wither you are an “hobbyist” or a “opportunist” freelance web designer like myself. Notice the diagram to the right. This is what I would call a web development life cycle.
When I teach Introduction to XHTML and Web Editors at the university level I ask my students to utilize this process to inevitably create sites for their term projects… but also hope to instill in them a process for any further web design/development that they are a part with.
As instructional/web designers/developers we should always be observant of what is out there as instruction e.g., the web. Does something look incorrect? Maybe I can contact them and help out? Wow that is really cool… maybe I could learn how to do that and add it to my site. I always try to get my students to be out there consuming the web as usual, but always pay special close attention to and keep an eye out for:
The development of this “eye” is so crucial because it is up to you to make sure your client’s and students, users, etc. get what they need. If they do then you will save you and/or your company a lot of money, and/or get a greater return on the instructional or web site investment.
More to follow.