Day Three: 30 Day Design Challenge

I’ve got a friend who will be attending the Fullstack Developer Bootcamp in two weeks. So to congratulate him and to practice design┬ádark interfaces, I created a concept for his page. He’s a coffee snob and needs practice coding in Bootstrap so here is my Day three submission. A one-pager design.

It is 1366px wide, built on a 12 column layout, where the images cover up the entire screen. It has a sticky global nav bar and the links change as you scroll down. It was a quick 45min mockup.

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Scrabble letters spelling out success

Prove Your Work, Display Success

When do you think about analytics and stats for your business?

Before you even launch it, before you even consider having a website.

You need to consider data that will show you and others how you’ve grown and where you have failed to grow. To answer these questions a year from now you have to start gathering that data today.

  • How much money did your company make?
  • How much did you pay yourself?
  • How much went to expenses?

All of that is for accountants and I’m not talking stocks.

Your value and quality will be seen, but by whom, when, where and why?

You should have a target audience in mind but how will you even know you’re actually reaching them? How will you know in one month or three to six and up to a year how people are coming to your site and what they are clicking on?

You may not even know that out of the 300 people who visited your site that only 3 reached out to you, and lets be honest having 3 may have made made your day if you’re starting out. However, when you see that you had the potential to get 300 emails you’ll realize that something is wrong and if you ask the right questions now, you’ll know why then.

You may not even know that out of the 300 people who visited your site that only 3 reached out…

What questions?

The questions User Experience Designers ask when they’re considering the best way to design your website and software or application interface. The same questions you should be able to track data for with your analytics…for example:

Who is your target audience?

It’s what Ux research inquires about and analytics should find a way to track the various details of the people you’re reaching. You need to see if the target audience you initially tried to reach is being reached. If you find yourself reaching a different group and why and if you should focus on them instead. Or worse if it is all over the place and you don’t have a good sense of your user/client base.

These questions will give you answers to make informed business decisions later on. As well as for your Ux Designer and Web Developers to make sound and strategic decisions to reflect the changes you wish to make.

The analyzing of business statistics starts now. Make a list of questions you will need answered in a few months to a year and then write down what type of information you need to answer these questions.

Sit down with your web developer and talk about SEO and website analytics today.

Don’t have a Ux expert on call? Contact me at ogidesigns@gmail.com

Confidence | What makes you a developer.

I am hosting three ScriptEd high school student interns this month. After spending close to a full school year teaching a classroom of 20+ junior and seniors at The High School for Global Citizenship, in Brooklyn, NY how to code in HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap, jQuery and Javascript. While a few of my students got placed with other companies this year (and I am very excited for them). There seems to be a universal trend about what makes one a developer:

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