Recently I had the opportunity and pleasure to go to UX Ireland, a conference in Trinity College focused on designing user experience. As someone interested in making websites better for everyone, and actively studying techniques for designing user interfaces that people love, it seemed a good idea.
So you've got a project. It's going to be amazing. You've dreamed up loads of functionality and are just itching to let it loose on the world. It's going to look fantastic, and everyone on the design team is ecstatic about the proposed look and feel.
So you want a website. Maybe it is your first website. Maybe you've been here before, but you're starting afresh. You're full of enthusiasm. In your dreams, your website looks like a flashy cruise liner - huge, and with every amenity money can buy. However, your budget stretches to a dinghy with an outboard motor. So how can you rationalise your aspirations within your financial constraints?
You don't have to be a paragon of fiscal rectitude, but you do need to prioritise, and think a little cleverly about how you can approach the project.
Previously I wrote about the hidden power that resides in the hands of a designer. A design can make a project succeed or fail. But how do you know? Here are 10 questions you can apply to a supplied design, and the answers to them, or even the process of getting those answers, can bring a good design through to being a great design for your project. Remember, a design is just a picture until it is implemented, and it is important that the technical implementation is considered at the design stage.