Overview: Seattle Central Creative Academy is a graphic design and commercial photography program at Seattle Central College. Each year the Creative Academy hosts a portfolio show to present student work. A steering committee is elected to project manage various aspects of the show. Holly Torneby and I were elected and assigned to the web team.
Problem: Design and develop a website to promote the Seattle Central Creative Academy’s annual portfolio show and house the students’ work that follows the concept of “bigger, bolder, brighter.”
Solution: A responsive website with simple three page navigation that presents student work in a bright, colorful way.
Holly and I decided that she would manage the design side of the project and I would manage the development side. We would work on the user experience piece together. We started by auditing the previous year’s portfolio show websites as well as several portfolio show sites from other schools. We discussed pros and cons of each site to determine the content architecture of our site. We also split up our team into visual designers and developers and assigned each person a part of the site to work on.
At the first meeting we had with the while team, Holly and I led a whiteboarding session to hammer out the wireframes. This is what we came up with. After that, the designers took these photos from the whiteboard and developed them into finished wireframes in Illustrator.
After the branding team established a style guide, the designers created skins for the developers to use for reference.