DESIGNTAB
From Conception to Concreteness
So… What was this project
again?
• A website where people could come to learn more about web
design
• Friendly, informal a...
Development
•
•
•
•
•
•

Platforms
The FEEL
Layout
Blog Theme
Forum Theme
Tutorials
Platforms - Blog
• Wordpress
• Popular
• Easy to manage
• Easily extended through
plugins
• Strong templating engine
• Wel...
Platforms - Forum
• Invision Power Board
•
•
•
•
•
•

Powerful
Fast
Lots of features
Personal Portfolio
Personal Blog
Frie...
Blog - Before
Blog - After
Blog - After
Forum - Before
Forum - After
Plugins
• Syntax highlighter Evolved
• http://wordpress.org/plugins/syntaxhighlighterpro

• Wysija Newsletters
• http://wo...
Early Tutorials
• Problems
• Bad voice quality
• Text hard to read in video
• Unattractive transitions between windows

• ...
The Tutorial Cycle
Re-record
/ Edit if
minor

Planning

2 day trial
for
feedback

PreRecording
Setup

Record
For the future
• Create a custom platform in a language like ruby
• More reliance on version control
• Publically viewable...
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DesignTab Final Handover

  1. 1. DESIGNTAB From Conception to Concreteness
  2. 2. So… What was this project again? • A website where people could come to learn more about web design • Friendly, informal and easy to follow tutorials • Video Tutorials • Written Articles • Forum
  3. 3. Development • • • • • • Platforms The FEEL Layout Blog Theme Forum Theme Tutorials
  4. 4. Platforms - Blog • Wordpress • Popular • Easy to manage • Easily extended through plugins • Strong templating engine • Well documented • Lessons • Excellent choice for time management • Heavily documented • Strong templating system • Great plugin system • Bulky, possible to create a leaner system from scratch to achieve a more tailored platform
  5. 5. Platforms - Forum • Invision Power Board • • • • • • Powerful Fast Lots of features Personal Portfolio Personal Blog Friends System
  6. 6. Blog - Before
  7. 7. Blog - After
  8. 8. Blog - After
  9. 9. Forum - Before
  10. 10. Forum - After
  11. 11. Plugins • Syntax highlighter Evolved • http://wordpress.org/plugins/syntaxhighlighterpro • Wysija Newsletters • http://wordpress.org/plugins/wysija-newsletters • Custom • DesignTab Social Media Plugin • Custom made to ensure fluid integration with theme
  12. 12. Early Tutorials • Problems • Bad voice quality • Text hard to read in video • Unattractive transitions between windows • Fixes • Upgrading to a condenser microphone • Animated zooms and repositioning of the camera during important sections • More focus on pre-recording organisaton
  13. 13. The Tutorial Cycle Re-record / Edit if minor Planning 2 day trial for feedback PreRecording Setup Record
  14. 14. For the future • Create a custom platform in a language like ruby • More reliance on version control • Publically viewable and collaborative documentation (e.g. Google Docs) • Further the range of feedback to more experienced designers to get ideas from both the newbie and experienced spectrums • To-Do Board (priority step by step list) • Try to spend less time re-creating the wheel • Post-Launch: Set up an analytics and statistics program over a certain period and apply changes based on the results • Set up an automated backup system
  15. 15. Thank You

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