Online Journalism: Spring 2011

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Work for Next Week

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A busy week! Three things:

1) Prepare and test a paper prototype for your group site. This is a group project, so divvy up the work equitably. You need to:
–build the prototype and test it on three actual users of your site (not just your roomates).
–between each user testing session, refine the prototype according to feedback from the previous test.
–document all the testing sessions with video and upload a video of the testing to YouTube.
–write a brief report documenting what you learned from testing and how you’re proceeding with the site concept and design (250 words).
–stick the report and video in the comments of the post dedicated to it.

2) Hand-code a bio page about yourself:
–demonstrate your understanding of basic HTML.
–introduce yourself, your background and interests
–integrate all the basic HTML tags we discussed, along with a picture of yourself.
–paste your code into Pastie. Post a link to the code along with a sentence that introduces your dive into the comments of this post.

3) We’ll have a mid-term check-in on the blog you’ve been keeping since week one. Please make sure it’s up-to-date.


Written by sinker

March 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

Posted in Assignments

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  1. Prodance Chicago prototype testings:

    Test 1:

    Test 2:

    Test 3:

    Youtube Channel: April Barkley

    April Barkley

    March 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

  2. report by April with testing by Becky and Mariah

    The three people tested by Becky and Mariah, all preprofessional dancers and dance majors at Columbia, were all interested in a site of this concept. They get their information about dance opportunities from word-of-mouth and the college so having an available site such as would be beneficial to them as they discovered through the prototype testing what this site really is about. They’d be interested in the site as it would be able to cater to their needs that have not yet been fulfilled by an organized site, like ours. The making of the prototype was beneficial to our visual understanding of the site. Starting with a login page for people who want to sign up for a more in-depth look at the site or signing in as a guest for a brief and broad look at the site. The homepage consists of different tab options to explore the site such as auditions, casting calls, showcases, competitions and venues also with twitter and news feeds for up-to-date information on your hip hop dancing needs. That is just the broad look at the site, but creating the prototype and testing it on potential users, helped us better shape our idea and added a few new things to the site. Our concept still remains the same, a site for young adult to adult pre-professional and professional dancers to visit for the above options in the hip-hop genre as well as dance venues, rehearsal spaces, music videos and other potential job opportunities and rentable stages to meet the audiences’ wants and needs. Our challenge will be gathering all the information. Now that this round of testing has been completed, it will help us to further visually and textually create this hip hopin’ site.

    April Barkley

    March 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

  3. After testing our paper prototype, we realized that we need to add a map showing where each bar is. Also, we found that offering a search feature that would find the closest bar to the user listed on our site would be something people would appreciate. We will be proceeding with the rest of the ideas that we came up with before, but changing some details. For example, we thought it would be nice to have the opportunity for users to login so they can mark certain bars as ‘favorites,’ but after testing and more thought, we decided that this option is unrealistic regarding our technical abilities. We also decided not to list all the beer and spirits each bar has available because that would be very tedious. In addition, this list is likely to change often, so the possibility of having incorrect information would be high. Instead, we will list the alcohol that bars are guaranteed to have in stock, such as brands they have partnerships with. Our overall concept has become more simplified so we can insure the highest quality of our site. This was proven by how easily our test subjects were able to navigate our prototype.

    For the design, we want a modern, trendy style that uses a variety of bright colors to make our site visually appealing. The site will be organized so the most important information users are looking for can easily be found.

    To see the video of our testing:

    Alicia Plomin

    March 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

  4. Lori, Yari, Samantha, Lauren Testing sessions

    Tests 1+2:

    Tests 3+4:


    Prototype Report:

    From our testing, we learned that our users want an easy and user-friendly website to use. They didn’t want to keep being directed to multiple pages when searching on a website. So we chose a simple layout that would be consistent through out the website. Another thing was that our users like personalization. From Yari’s prototype, we took her “My curl” profile example. You can customize your search to find specific tips for your type of natural hair. Our users really liked that aspect of the site. They also wanted us to keep the forums, because it was important for users to be able to trade tips about hair products and maintenance along with our feature advice. So we decided on a live feed of the forum on the front page of the site. We wanted to make sure that our users have this sense of community. So along with the feed, we also will have a box of icons with user pics, and it will refresh the list every time a new member signs up for the site. Each week we also decided to feature a member’s hair story, about struggles or learning to love their kinks. We want to make this user-friendly and again, build this sense of community around going the natural route.

    We learned that people love directories, but they should be organized and easy for people to look up information on them. So for our gallery and video how-tos, we added a search bar. The salon has an easy search tool, and again we feature a salon/beautician/locitican we really like on this page to add to that sense of community. Overall, we learned simple is best, and make it easy for people to navigate to your site. Also make them feel a part of a community.

    Lori Moody

    March 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm

  5. Final Test:

    Lori Moody

    March 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm

  6. Here’s the link for my bio page code:

    Hope I did it right!

    Mariah Craddick

    March 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  7. Here’s mine.

    Alicia Plomin

    April 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

  8. My first coding:

    Lauren Bryant

    April 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm

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