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Website Evaluation

Name: Jack Price

Occupation: Business Student

Fitness For Purpose:

1.Does the content reflect the purpose of the site?

Yes you can clearly see the media reflects the idea of selling the photographer

2. Is the purpose of the site (and each page within it) immediately clear?

I think it is quite obvious its a photography portfolio

3. Is the content appropriate for the intended audience?

Guidance wise but the mixes of images maybe too diffuse

4. Is the content sufficient to meet users needs and expectations?

It has all you need to see the photographer’s work and how to contact them, so yes to a degree it does what it was set out to do.

Quality of Work:

1.Do the technical aspects of the site work i.e., links, rollovers, CSS

Can’t find any technical problems which stick out

2. Is the design appropriate for the purpose of the site and for the intended audience?

The ascetics fit in for the media market and is not overly indulging in the artistic style

3. Will the design appeal to the target audience?

Yes I think the professional looking design will appeal to the target market

4. Is the page layout balanced, clean, and uncluttered?

Very simple four-page layout easy to navigate, one problem may be loading time

5. Are there elements of creativity apparent in the design or is it a generic design? E.g. Special logos, design style

I feel the design works well and is not to unique or generic but a happy medium

Website Evaluation

Name: Dave Watson

Occupation: Media Student

Fitness For Purpose:

1.Does the content reflect the purpose of the site?

Yes from my point of view it looks like a photographer portfolio website

2. Is the purpose of the site (and each page within it) immediately clear?

Certainly, I especially like the about me page which gives a more personally feel because the website can feel a bit isolating sometimes

3. Is the content appropriate for the intended audience?

More or less because it shows the skills of the photographer

4. Is the content sufficient to meet users needs and expectations?

The image gallery is not to large which can be a navigation problem on some others photographer’s website

Quality of Work:

1.Do the technical aspects of the site work i.e., links, rollovers, CSS

Yes I far as I can see, I really like the contact form because most website would just have a contact email address.

2. Is the design appropriate for the purpose of the site and for the intended audience?

Very much so, the design works well for a photographer’s portfolio site

3. Will the design appeal to the target audience?

Yes it just a simple design not too bold or complicated

4. Is the page layout balanced, clean, and uncluttered?

Very uncluttered with a good sense of composition and a clear sense of similar style running though the whole website.

5. Are there elements of creativity apparent in the design or is it a generic design? E.g. Special logos, design style

While there is not a stand out design, it is a pleasant design, which fits in with the industry, and your constantly aware of the photographer’s work which is a nice touch

Evaluation

Individual Critical Assessment:

What I learned from the group discussions is what I felt going through the whole project, I found flash much better to use than html especially in this creative media field. I found coming from a photographers point of view flash allowed me to create a much better website functionally but was also designed the way I wanted. One problem I found through the group discussions was the loading times can range from short to fast this maybe to do with my host server but I think the issue is the quality of images on the site, I tried decreasing the file size but the photographs did not look right, so I decide to keep the file size as before and I thought most potential clients would be in the creative arts industry and should have sufficient internet speed and up to date computers.

One idea I had from the beginning and I hope it shows in my final work, is I tried to keep the design simple, clean and uncluttered because from my research I did before starting my website I found a lot of photographers had over estimated their skill with web design and the result was a bit of a complicated mess. From my findings with the group I appeared to have achieved this goal. Another design idea I had was continuity thought out my entire advertising media, So my business cards, website, WordPress Blog and portfolio book all have matching styles and a continuing idea running through them. This also helps to create a brand for myself and will help people to remember my work more clearly.

If I had to have a new website designed in the future I would defiantly chose flash but with some HTML embedding, I would also get a professional to put the final design together so the website was absolutely watertight and there be no running errors and also the design would be completely true to my original thoughts.  Overall I am pleased with my final design of all my marketing tools and I intend to use them for the foreseeable future (apart from my website where I may do some tweaking dependant on the website hit count but just to improve traffic to the site). The lessons I have learnt over the past year have been invaluable to me for branding myself as a photographer and how to try and get a foot in the commercial industry.

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This page grab was when I embed html  into my flash website i just went for a simple code

<iframe src=”http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?
href=www.wix.com
&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=450&amp;action=like&amp;font&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=35″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ style=”border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:35px;” allowTransparency=”true”></iframe>

There was many problems incorpating a html widget into flash espically trying to find the correct versions of software.

<!– Start of Flickr Badge –>
<style type=”text/css”>
.zg_div {margin:0px 5px 5px 0px; width:117px;}
.zg_div_inner { color:#666666; text-align:center; font-family:arial, helvetica; font-size:11px;}
.zg_div a, .zg_div a:hover, .zg_div a:visited {color:#3993ff; background:inherit !important; text-decoration:none !important;}
</style>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
zg_insert_badge = function() {
var zg_bg_color = ‘ffffff’;
var zgi_url = ‘http://www.flickr.com/apps/badge/badge_iframe.gne?zg_bg_color=’+zg_bg_color+’&zg_person_id=25919910%40N04&#8217;;
document.write(‘<iframe style=”background-color:#’+zg_bg_color+’; border-color:#’+zg_bg_color+’; border:none;” width=”113″ height=”151″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” src=”‘+zgi_url+'” title=”Flickr Badge”><\/iframe>’);
if (document.getElementById) document.write(‘<div id=”zg_whatlink”><a href=”http://www.flickr.com/badge.gne”    style=”color:#3993ff;” onclick=”zg_toggleWhat(); return false;”>What is this?<\/a><\/div>’);
}
zg_toggleWhat = function() {
document.getElementById(‘zg_whatdiv’).style.display = (document.getElementById(‘zg_whatdiv’).style.display != ‘none’) ? ‘none’ : ‘block’;
document.getElementById(‘zg_whatlink’).style.display = (document.getElementById(‘zg_whatdiv’).style.display != ‘none’) ? ‘none’ : ‘block’;
return false;
}
</script>
<div><div><a href=”http://www.flickr.com”>www.<strong style=”color:#3993ff”>flick<span style=”color:#ff1c92″>r</span></strong>.com</a><br>
<script type=”text/javascript”>zg_insert_badge();</script>
<div id=”zg_whatdiv”>This is a Flickr badge showing public photos and videos from <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/25919910@N04″>themilitaries13</a&gt;. Make your own badge <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/badge.gne”>here</a&gt;.</div>
<script type=”text/javascript”>if (document.getElementById) document.getElementById(‘zg_whatdiv’).style.display = ‘none’;</script>
</div>
</div>
<!– End of Flickr Badge –>
This is my flickr Badge HTML code this took many apptemts to get into the correct size and shape but allows cleints to see my current work and also any images in more details.

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“As a condensed representation of a photographer’s vision, the portfolio is a highly valuable tool for introducing oneself to an audience, especially with the ease of sending someone a link.

Whether it’s used as a sales piece to land clients, an informative statement about one’s work and capabilities, or simply a way to succinctly share with friends and family, a portfolio is a great tool for making an effective and lasting impression. If someone is taking the time to look at your work, make it count.”

http://ishootshows.com/2008/01/10/8-tips-for-a-great-photography-portfolio/


here is the design stages of my portfolio book

the advantages of a book like this is that it looks quite professional when printed but one major downside if the fact the pages are not interchangeable  which

is important when your wanting to show consistent new work to cleints. But for the meantime this book will do and when i have enough money saved up i will create a interchangeable portfolio that will last several years.

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Here is the research and final image of my contact forms, i wanted a contact form because it feels a lot more personal and time-saving than a photographer leaving their contact detail at the bottom of a page such as an email address attached to the about me page.

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Here are some of the rough ideas and my final idea for my business cards, I decided to go with the orange slim style design because I felt it was a different design to most so might stand out, also I wanted to make sure all my ideas were wallet size so the card could kept close to hand. The design also matches the website design.

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“Business cards are cards bearing business information about a company or individual. They are shared during formal introductions as a convenience and a memory aid. A business card typically includes the giver’s name, company affiliation (usually with a logo) and contact information such as street addresses, telephone number(s), fax number, e-mail addresses and website. It can also include telex, bank account, tax code. Traditionally many cards were simple black text on white stock; today a professional business card will sometimes include one or more aspects of striking visual design.”

here is one of the ideas for my business cards

i tried to keep it simple but will most likely incorporate one of my images in my final design

this will give my card a personal touch.

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Here are the hyperlink icons I intend to use for footer of my website, I used the website Phil suggested, This will help potential clients keep track of my continuing work and to optimise the web traffic between my different online contacts. This will in turn increase the confidence of the potential clients have in me and my work.

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