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Web 3 Assignment 2

What are the three basic steps for a “quick and dirty” competitive analysis?
1) Basic Review
2) User Testing
3) Accessibility
Also: Online Visibility
From: http://boagworld.com/business-strategy/quick-and-dirty-competitive-analysis/

What are the series of questions to do a basic visual review?
This article did not provide a complete list of questions for a basic visual review. Here is a list of possible questions for visual review:
- Are standard elements (such as page titles, website navigation, page navigation and privacy policy) easy to locate?
- Is there a good balance between information density and white space?
- Does the website have a consistent and clearly recognizable look and feel that will engage users?

The article suggested visiting this site to download or create a complete list: http://www.userfocus.co.uk/resources/guidelines.html

Here is a list of categories that should be analyzed when doing a website review:
- Task orientation and website functionality,
- Navigation and information architecture,
- Forms and data entry,
- Trust and credibility,
- Quality of writing and content,
- Search
- Help, feedback and error tolerance,
- Page layout and visual/aesthetic design,
- Accessibility and technical design.
From: http://uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com/2011/12/16/guide-heuristic-website-reviews/

What are the two tests that you can use to help assess how many users your competition may be turning away.
1) Test for Browser Support. Download a variety of web browsers (and different versions) and test for compatibility. This article suggested using this site: http://browsershots.org/.
2) Test for Download Time. Download time should be 10s or less. This article suggested using this site: http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/.
From: http://boagworld.com/business-strategy/quick-and-dirty-competitive-analysis/

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Web 3 Assignment 1

Web Design Process
What are the six parts to the Planning stage?
1) Requirement Analysis
2) Project Charter
3) Site Map
4) Contract that defines roles, copyright, and financial points
5) Gain access to servers, and build folder structure
6) Determine required software and resources (stock photography, fonts, etc.)

What are the four parts to the Design stage?
1) Wireframe and design elements planning
2) Mock-ups based on requirements analysis
3) Review and approval cycle
4) Slice and code valid XHTML/CSS

What are the five parts to the Development stage?
1) Build development framework
2) Code templates for each type of page
3) Develop and test special features interactivity
4) Fill with content
5) Test and verify links functionality

What are the four parts to the Launch stage?
1) Polish
2) Transfer to live server
3) Testing
4) Final cross-browser check

What are the three parts to the Post-Launch stage?
1) Hand off to client
2) Provide documentation and source files
3) Project close, final documentation
From: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/06/22/following-a-web-design-process/

Client Survey
What are the eleven questions you should ask your prospective clients before you get started on their project?
1) Why do you want a website (or have your current site redesigned)?
2) What’s your business/organization all about?
3) What sets your business apart from your competition?
4) What problems does your business solve?
5) Who are your prospective customers or visitors?
6) What do you want visitors to do on your site?
7) What is your budget?
8) By what date do you need the site completed?
9) What are your long-term plans for your site?
10) Who will be responsible for updating your site?
11) What do you NOT want on your website?
From: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/01/what-to-ask-a-client-before-you-start-their-project/

 

Communication/Project Brief
List the seven basics to a good design brief.
1) Objectives and Goals of the New Design
2) Budget and Schedule
3) Target Audience
4) Scope of the Project
5) Available Materials/Needed Materials
6) Overall Style/Look
7) Any Definite “Do Nots”
From: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/7-basics-to-create-a-good-design-brief/

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Old Dream Update from July 11, 2013

Unedited from Original Post. I have not had time to re-read this one yet.

 

I dreamed that I was at a theme park at night with one of my Xs. Earlier that day we had seen an empty concert arena area, but now we could hear a concert with a big crowd, and the area was all sealed up with giant tarps and duct tape. It was like there was some secret, private party going on so made a tent/building to keep people out. My X wanted to go in and see what it was like inside, so he found a small opening at the bottom of one of the giant tarp walls and squeezed in. I was too afraid to do that (because it was obvious that they didn’t want random people going inside), so I flew to the top of the giant tarp wall (apparently I could fly in this dream. Coooooolness) so I could peek through a couple eye-sized holes. Since I was flying/hovering, I had a hard time keeping my eye close enough to the holes to see, so I grabbed on to the tarp to keep steady. But after only a few seconds, the duct tape seam ripped open, and the entire tarp wall opened up and exposed all the people inside. … Class is starting. Will finish later… Hopefully..

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Old Dream Update June 19 2013

Unedited from original post. I have not had a chance to re-read this one yet.

Okay, I’m just going to write about this most recent dream and finish writing the rest of the first one later. I was in a kitchen. I know it was the kitchen of wherever I was living, but it wasn’t any where I’d actually lived in real life before. I remember the walls and light had a yellow-ey color. There was a woman in the room right next to the kitchen. She was my guest and was staying with me here for a few days, but I didn’t know her very well. I don’t remember why she was there or how I knew her. Apparently I didn’t know in the dream, either, because when we were chatting somehow it came up that her name was Rainbow. I had an early childhood friend (in real life) whose name is Rainbow (in case it interests you, my name was originally supposed to be Rainbow but my mom’s friend had her baby first and stole the name.), but I’ve heard that she prefers to be called Roxanne instead. Surprised to hear of another person whose name was Rainbow, I asked the young woman if she ever went by the name of Roxanne. She said yes, and we were both really surprised to find out that we already knew each other. I was especially surprised because the woman in my dream didn’t look anything like the real-life Rainbow. Real-life Rainbow has white skin, freckles, and long reddish-brown hair. But this lady was a very light-skinned African American who had the face of my friend I.M. (I don’t want to give her real name), and the body of V.B.. She was the right age to be real-life Rainbow and she was my height or taller. So she was a really weird mix of a number of different women I know :s. Then out of nowhere she very casually (almost in a bored way) said “O.K.”. The next thing I know, she’s standing pressed up against the wall, completely naked except for some black high-heeled leather boots. I’m fully dressed but on my knees in front of her with my face shoved up between her pussy lips. Her pussy lips were HUGE. Just the labia around her clitoris was enough to engulf my entire lower face from my lips down. I was suckling her intensely, almost like a dog, and she stood there moaning, occasionally taking hold of my the sides of my face and shoving it one way or another. It was so emotionally complicated- I didn’t know what to think. On one level I sensed that she wasn’t really even interested in doing any of this. It seemed like she just did it because she was so used to fucking around that she was just in the habit of agreeing to sex at every opportunity- whether she actually wanted it or not. It seemed like she maybe was even feeling a little resentful about it. I knew she wouldn’t say anything like that, though. What made things even worse was that I felt like the only reason I was sucking at her clit was because I wanted to give her pleasure- I wasn’t doing it for myself. So why was I doing this if it was really just making her feel used? It was frustrating and confusing because SHE was the one who initiated the whole encounter to begin with. Anyways, those confusing thoughts got pushed aside because I had started to finger her instead of sucking. It must not have been stimulating for her, because she hardly reacted at all. So I tried fingering her harder, and with more fingers, but suddenly all four of my fingers slipped in without any resistance. I was surprised, but by that point I could feel that her vagina was really cavernous, so I put my whole hand inside. Not even that was big enough to fill her. I could see her looking disappointed and slightly embarrassed, so she very quickly brought me up off the floor and very dominantly rushed us to get dressed and go outside. All of a sudden we were at a park. The sun was almost setting and had that golden “magic hour” lighting. I was on one side of a chain-link fence (I think it was for a baseball field), and she was on the other side about thirty feet away in the middle of the grass. There was a white, brown-haired, 30-something year old man there with her. He looked like he was a stereotypical “dad” figure, and I thought he was probably the head of the neighborhood kid’s baseball team. She was naked again and on her knees, sucking on his cock and exposing her ass to me. I had a long, smooth pole. It reminded me of a billiard ball stick or an extremely long baseball bat. At the end of the pole was a GIANT dildo about the size of a watermelon. The dildo was made of a very squishy synthetic material (I think it’s called silicone? But isn’t silicone hard?)

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Old Dream Update June 15 2013

Unedited from Original Post. I have not had time to re-read this one yet.

 

Ok, here’s that dream I mentioned a few days ago… I dreamed that russian guy and I were fighting again, about the same crap that we had/have been fighting about in real life. I had just stormed out of his apartment, and I felt him watching (and possibly yelling at) me as I left. I remember the light being very dark. We weren’t officially broken up, but I knew that things between us had gotten so bad that really it was over. The dream suddenly switched to something completely unrelated. I was at the house I grew up in in Sacramento, only it was a haunted-house version of the house. It seemed a lot darker and a lot taller than the regular version. The house was totally infested with a number of highly dangerous creatures, demons, spirits, or whatever, and I was with a team of highly-trained exterminators whose expertise was in getting rid of things like this. I, on the other hand, was a total newbie. I don’t even know why I was going with them anyways. I don’t think any of them knew that this was the haunted-house version of my childhood home, so I’m pretty sure that’s not the reason why I was going with them. They treated me like I has just been a new hire and this was part of my training. I have no idea why I would have wanted or gotten a job like that, though. I was not excited AT ALL to go in there with them. I was fucking terrified. All the rest of them just had a cheery, totally unafraid, “we do this all the time” attitude towards the job. After putting on all our protective gear and equipment, we went in. Our first task was to exterminate these giant swarms of flies that could kill a person very quickly. I’m not sure if they were deadly because they had venomous bites or if they would just bite you so many times you would be eaten to death, but Gotta run. Russian guy came home. I’ll continue this later!

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