Discussing Final Project

For my final project, I have chosen BZOD art gallery. The goal of the project is to design a very simple and elegant website. I have worked on few wire-frames before deciding on the final concept. My wire-frames were all done in my sketchbook. I feel more comfortable working in pencil and paper before moving onto the computer. It makes things easier for me. So for the final design I have chosen a simple yet elegant site. The color and theme would be bright and clean looking. After finishing the wireframe and choosing the final concept, I moved onto my computer to create the mock-up. The basic idea behind it is to create a clean site which wouldn’t interfere with the actual art works that would be placed inside it. For instance, if the design of the site is visually strong and colorful, the art pieces that the site would hold won’t stand out, and that would be a negative result for an art gallery site.

My design starts off with the logo on the to left. For now , that feels like the safest place to put the logo, as when people would arrive at the site, first thing they should notice is the name of the gallery. I have also placed the search box on the top right side, across from the logo. The idea behind that is also the same, as I want people to notice the search box just as quickly ad easily as the logo. The search box is for easier usability of the site. It will help people who are in a rush to find what they looking for instead of navigating through the site. Underneath them is the main menu, and right underneath that is the header/slides and news of the top topics of the site. It will hold about 5 different topics that can be scrolled up and down, or manually chosen. When the audience likes a topic, they can simply click on it and will be taken directly to that article and gallery. I have also placed a “bread-crumbs” underneath, which would be in clear view of the audience, so they would know where they are and not feel lost. It would also be helpful for anyone who arrives at a page other than  the home-page and the bread-crumb would give them a sense of navigation to where they are in the site. This site will also have a member section, which has loin information on the left corner right below the top header. Right below that, there will be a scrolling box with news event, important topics, future event notices etc. The main contents of the site will be placed on the right portion which would have about 80 percent of real estate oppose to the left side. Finally, the footer, should consist of 3 or 4 column. Out of the columns, one would have few recent twitter feeds, one would have few recent heading of blogs, another column would hold important links, and last column would be optional. Below that there will be the menu once again for better usability.

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