LIS 2635 Final Website Portfolio December 13, 2010 Grace Lu Lu Botany Archives: Documenting our Garden Activity
Report <ul><li>Project Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>Create a public archives site to document our family’s gardening activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide educational content to local users who also have an interest in gardening and botany. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow users to search the archive by plant or by year. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow users to leave feedback, comments, and questions via an interactive form. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Audience: </li></ul><ul><li>The core audience will be family, friends, and then local users who find the website via a search engine. </li></ul><ul><li>Perception </li></ul><ul><li>Educational – accessible, thoughtful. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiring – creative, joyful, aesthetically pleasing. </li></ul><ul><li>Message </li></ul><ul><li>The Lu family appreciates botany and wants to pass on this archive to posterity for the sake of botanical education and a public family record. </li></ul><ul><li>The Lu family encourages gardening and botanical education in their local community. </li></ul>Report
Report <ul><li>Competitive Advantage </li></ul><ul><li>This website seeks to rejuvenate interest in botany and to build a virtual community for local gardeners. A handful of national and local magazines have an Internet presence, but none of them focus on building a forum for local community on the Web. Also, many personal gardening websites are not maintained or have become obsolete due to the lack of a virtual community. </li></ul>
Report <ul><li>Page Layout </li></ul><ul><li>The page layouts will be minimalistic, encouraging quick searching and navigation. This reflects the simple purpose of the site: to store digital records that are searchable by two ways and to provide an educational and personal source of family gardening activities. </li></ul><ul><li>A wire frame of the home page reflects this simple design. Images are used to show samples of the photos the archives will contain, as well as to create a visually appealing first visit to the Archives that will promote a user’s interest in searching or browsing the archives. </li></ul>
Page layout: Wire Frame Lu Botany Archives Plants by Year Plants by Name About Us Main image [to be updated monthly] Plants by Year – additional info Plants by Name– additional info About Us – additional info Main text [to be updated with image] Image for Plants by Year link below Image for Plants by Name link below Image for About Us link below
Report <ul><li>Aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>Since the purpose of the website is simply to document, clarity and simplicity are of utmost aesthetic importance. There are only two fonts used: Engravers MT and Rockwell. (These are the same two fonts used in this report – Engravers MT for the headings and Rockwell for the body text.) Both are serif fonts that are quite readable and not too small. </li></ul><ul><li>The images used for the website were all personally photographed by the owners. They tend to be close-up shots, not cluttered, and simple. </li></ul>
Report <ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>The “About Us” page is primarily designed to promote trust of the website, along with frequent updates on the homepage of the main image and text (large image and small text box overlaid on the image). Thus, the user will, at least, see that the owners of the site are transparent about their identity (to a reasonable degree), interested in maintaining an active website, and purposeful in publishing a website. Websites that provide ambiguous contact information, have been abandoned, have hidden commercial purposes, or have atypical policies lend themselves to suspicion. </li></ul>
Report <ul><li>Social Design </li></ul><ul><li>This site will allow subscription to the site’s main page content via RSS along with user submission of feedback, comments, and questions. </li></ul><ul><li>User Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>I used a Google form to publish a brief survey for users to provide feedback. </li></ul>
User evaluation The user evaluation survey was created using Google Forms. It was comprised of simple questions to obtain information about what users thought of the site’s structure, navigation, and aesthetics. This screenshot shows some of the questions on the survey.
User evaluation <ul><ul><li>Here are two sample results from the survey: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both survey responders noted the potential for more organizational structure, but they also said that it did not obstruct present viewing, searching, and retrieving of information. This would certainly be important to remember as more images and data are added to the archives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The first survey respondent commented on the lack of a better search function on the second page of the site. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The second survey respondent viewed all the pages of the website and found it easy to navigate and view data. This is probably because it was not cluttered with too many images or information. </li></ul></ul>This screenshot shows two replies from the survey.