MEMORANDUM To: Dr. Leonard From: Stephanie Singleton (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: May 29, 2011 Subject: Assignment for week one This memo outlines the design decisions for 3 webpages from Southern Polytechnic State University’s Prospective Students website. For this assignment, 3 different samples from the Southern Polytechnic State University website were used. The following webpages were used: Top level page: http://www.spsu.edu/home/prospective/index.html Text heavy page: http://www.spsu.edu/home/prospective/meet/index.html Form page: http://spsu.force.com/form?name=requestinfo Assumptions Each page was redesign for the mobile user. A screen size of 320x480 was used as the template for the design. Mobile users will likely have a screen with these dimensions are larger but smaller dimensions were taken into account. Mobile users interested in the prospective student section of the SPSU site will want to access the site quickly and easily. They will want information on: The type of degrees offered The type of classes offered Tuition and student fees School/classroom environment How to request more information Location/Directions
Current and mobile websites Top level page: http://www.spsu.edu/home/prospective/index.html
The Prospective Student homepage focuses on the three levels of degrees available at SPSU as well as information about the campus. For a mobile site, only the essentials are necessary. Users will want to know about the university and the different degrees that are offered. The mobile site has been stripped of the unnecessary text and the remaining information has been reorganized. In the center of the mobile site user will find three buttons dedicated to the three degree types offered at the university. A simple toolbar was left to help students locate information that was not pertinent to the courses/degrees. Text heavy page: http://www.spsu.edu/home/prospective/meet/index.html
The page “Meet SPSU” is dedicated to describing a snapshot of Southern Poly. The page is text heavy and would not be effective on a mobile device. Users will have to scroll down to the find the exact information they want to read. Instead of finding information quickly, the user will waste time searching through all the text on the page. On the mobile site, “Meet” was replaced with “About” and the heavy text has been replaced with icons. Each subheading on the original page (along with addition important headings) was changed into an icon to allow users to access the information they needed without wading through unnecessary text.
Form page: http://spsu.force.com/form?name=requestinfo
The “Request Information” page involved a form for users to fill out with general information (name, contact information, gender). The current site also includes sections for the user to answer questions about their current education. On the mobile site, this information only will frustrate the user. On a mobile device, filling out the many boxes becomes complicated and could deter the user from completing the form. For the redesign, the extra fields were removed and only necessary information was included. Once the user filled in their email, a simple SUBMIT button would complete their form or a CANCEL button to return to the previous screen. The redesign of the current sites into mobile sites will allow users to learn more about Southern Poly without wading through unnecessary text. The information is provided in a clear and concise design that takes the guess work out of navigation. If you have any question please feel free to contact me at email@example.com /SS