It’s been a while since I’ve been in a classroom environment but I’m looking forward to it: learning something completely new, meeting new people, and making a life out of something I’ll enjoy is an exciting prospect!
Today was our first session, just a general introduction to the course and all the technical bits and bobs that we’ll be using throughout the programme. To be honest, it was a little daunting! I’m pretty sure that in the near future, I’m going to be crying my eyes out because I’ve just lost everything that I’ve done…and now I’ve probably jinxed myself.
After our little intro to Slack, Twitter, FTP clients, hosting sites, and text editors, we had a mini discussion about what we thought makes a good website. Below are the points we came up with as a class:
- Information architecture: the structure of content on a site and the first step to having clear navigation and creating good user experience
- User experience: how your site makes the user feel — an emotional trigger
- UI design: the appearance of the site also contributes to user experience
- Responsive web design: the responsiveness of a website is fundamental, it has to be compatible and tailored to all different screen sizes
- User-centred design: you have to know who your website is for and what it sets out to achieve
- Accessibility: fundamental part of good website design is to make it available for anyone and everyone, that they can access the content easily
- Chunking: making short concise sections of text so that content is readable
- Consistency: both in terms of context and design, and for across websites too
— If you think Maths is hard, try web design. —