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Web Site Planning and Wireframing: Hands-On Training
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Web Site Planning and Wireframing: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

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This title launches an all new series to the lynda.com Online Training Library that focuses on real world projects created through hands-on training. My name is Laurie Burruss. Time and time again, what I see is that designers, artists and developers don't really understand the processes involved in doing a project. They may know features, but not the thunk behind a project. Where in this case, how a web site is conceived. Too often people think, "I just need to learn the software application." But it's important to bring your passion, emotion, creativity and your design skills to all that you do.
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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Course overview
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 11m 59s
    1. How the internet works
      5m 15s
    2. How a user connects
      6m 44s
  3. 8m 36s
    1. Choosing a browser
      3m 12s
    2. Installing the Web Developer toolbar and Firebug
      5m 24s
  4. 58m 59s
    1. Deconstructing a web page with a browser
      10m 22s
    2. Reviewing the head and body of a web page
      5m 57s
    3. Understanding the structural elements of a web page
      12m 12s
    4. Using the Web Developer toolbar to reveal the CSS
      6m 36s
    5. Using the Web Developer toolbar to investigate images on a page
      5m 30s
    6. Using the Web Developer toolbar to outline a page
      2m 5s
    7. Using the Web Developer toolbar to resize the window
      2m 43s
    8. Using the important miscellaneous tools in the Web Developer toolbar
      3m 28s
    9. Using the Web Developer toolbar to validate a page
      3m 31s
    10. Exploring a website using Firebug
      6m 35s
  5. 12m 20s
    1. Creating proper file structure
      4m 23s
    2. The eight commandments of naming
      7m 57s
  6. 19m 36s
    1. Reading the structural elements of a site
      4m 7s
    2. Reading the features of a site
      9m 8s
    3. Effective informational design
      3m 35s
    4. Effective architectural design
      2m 46s
  7. 29m 39s
    1. Setting up a project
      2m 43s
    2. Capturing a website
      2m 39s
    3. Merging the screen captures in Photoshop
      5m 22s
    4. Bringing a website into Acrobat Pro
      4m 39s
    5. Wireframing the structural elements of a website
      4m 34s
    6. Wireframing the feature elements of a website
      9m 42s
  8. 4m 57s
    1. A case study
      4m 57s

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Web Site Planning and Wireframing: Hands-On Training
2h 28m Beginner Mar 11, 2009

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In Web Site Planning and Wireframing: Hands-On Training, Laurie Burruss, director of digital media at Pasadena City College, demonstrates the essentials of creating a web site with a polished, professional appearance and a compelling user experience. The goal of this hands–on course is to deconstruct a web site’s home page in order to identify its structural elements and feature set. Using Acrobat Pro and the web developer’s toolkit, Laurie shows how to capture a homepage and create, in another layer, its visual framework (wireframe). Exercise files and a downloadable PDF quiz accompany the course.

Download the free support materials here from the Exercise Files tab.

After learning the tools and techniques demonstrated in this course, viewers can continue on to the next course in this series: Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training.

Topics include:
  • Seeing, scanning, and reading a web page
  • Understanding naming conventions
  • Creating file structures
  • Understanding page hierarchy
  • Using Acrobat and Photoshop with wireframes
  • Building a professional wireframe from scratch
  • Identifying and using web standards in site design
  • Usability Testing
Subjects:
Web Prototyping Content Strategy Web Design Wireframing
Author:
Laurie Burruss

Course overview

This title launches an all new series to the lynda.com Online Training Library that focuses on real world projects created through hands-on training. My name is Laurie Burruss. Time and time again, what I see is that designers, artists and developers don't really understand the processes involved in doing a project. They may know features, but not the thunk behind a project. Where in this case, how a web site is conceived. Too often people think, "I just need to learn the software application." But it's important to bring your passion, emotion, creativity and your design skills to all that you do.

Over the course of the title, we will explore the Internet, the World Wide Web, browsers and third-party extensions, the structure and feature of a homepage and the user's experience. Upon completion of this course you will be able to create a visual wireframe that shows the structures, features and affordances of a good homepage. This real world project serves as a proposal document and a working communication tool between the designer, the client and the team. The hands-on training projects are all about getting you from where you are to where you want to go. So let's get started.

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