Design a website that serves readers in a variety of contexts, but especially, supporting the needs of readers who are riding public transit or intercity rail. Either redesign Greater Greater Washington or The Manual. Consider site organization, page layout, and type and images; and explore the design possibilities that arrive with access to new CSS layout methods.
See the class schedule for due dates.
Phase I: Research
Choose your site, identify your audiences, and do background research.
Phase II: Initial design and concept refinement
Create a new design. At a minimum, you should show us:
- What individual stories look like, for key story types
- How readers move on, once they finish reading a story
- How people can find stories about particular topics
- How people can browse stories
- What readers see when they first arrive
Plan for at least two screen sizes and contexts.
Phase III: Documentation, prototyping, and development
Create site maps or flowcharts to explain user movement through the site, and produce a polished, clickable prototype in HTML/CSS or Figma. (In Figma, expectations for finesse and number of page types are higher.)
At a minimum, you will need to show us:
- Home page
- Two or more section home pages (different types, or different content)
- Two or more article pages (different variants, or merely different content)
You might also provide:
- Possibly, more complex pages for photo galleries, maps, and other highly interactive content
- Possibly, search results pages
You might choose to develop your site within a content management system or static site generator. If you choose this path, you can have a simpler design. I would suggest Jekyll (built into GitHub Pages) or Craft CMS (free for a personal license, but it will require a web hosting account); WordPress will work, but you will be on your own for support.
Sites to think about
- Baltimore Brew
- The Intercept
- De Correspondent
- Serious Eats
- Pro Publica
- The Marshall Project
- Earth Journalism Network
- Greater Greater Washington
- Design Observer
- Working File
- 99 Percent Invisible
- New York Times
- Triple Canopy
- The Great Discontent
- The Manual
- A List Apart
- McKinsey Quarterly
- Yale Environment 360
- Quartz and mobile app
- Field Notes subscriptions
You can also propose a different site. The advantages of Greater Greater Washington and The Manual are that the two sites offer their content under a free/libre license, and that they provide a trove of good-quality material but could benefit from redesigns. Choose sites that have similar possibilities.