Categories for Website Design

Social Ethics in Information Architecture

March 21, 2019

Information Architecture (IA) is the organization, structure, and labelling of website content. IA is comprised of the website’s informational content, context, and how users interact with the site and its content. IA is directly impacted by the socio-cultural context, ethical considerations, and implicit bias its creators: Information Architects, User Experience (UX) designers, web developers, and more. Designers and content creators who are integrating ethical UX principles into their design must consider the exact words used to create categories, taxonomy, metadata, and labels. “So in user experience, specifically to communication context typically when we speak about ontological factors, we mostly mean language implies certain meaning to us, but may be confusing to others. One word can have a variety of meaning which may be simply opposite to what the user might need to communicate.” — Samir Dash In order to create effective and universally usable websites, information architects must consider the words they... Read more

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Seayoung Yim

September 10, 2018

Project Overview My Role: Designer, Client Liaison Skills & Tools: Project management, logo design, WordPress, Adobe Illustrator Lessons: WordPress site hosting, personal design process Seayoung Yim is a Seattle playwright and activist. She asked me to digitize her logo and redesign her personal website in summer 2018. Digitizing the Logo Seayoung’s logo is a modernized version of her name in Korean characters, digitized to look like a stamp. As an artistic representation of Seayoung’s name in Korean characters, the stamp incorporates her heritage with a modern sense of style. I used a scanned photo of the printed stamp to design a digital version in Adobe Illustrator. I layered in a texture I found through Spoon Graphics to give it a worn feel. Paired with Seayoung’s full name in text, this logo is the header of her website and featured on every page and the square logo on its own is... Read more

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Ready to Fly

September 10, 2018

Project Overview My Role: Designer, Client Liaison Skills & Tools: Bootstrap, logo design, Adobe Illustrator Lessons: Client management, personal design process Fiona McKay Ready requested a new site design and logo for her coaching and consulting business in spring 2018. Read about the lessons I learned in design, development, and Bootstrap. Website Design Fiona McKay Ready has a developing professional and personal coaching and consulting business. She requested a new website design and logo to be able to share her business and practice with others, as well as create a contact area for potential clients. For the site, I modified a basic Bootstrap template and hosted it on my personal server. For the logo, I combined a royalty free image with text for a multipurpose logo to be featured digitally and in print. We began the process with two initial consultations over the phone and in person. Fiona is just... Read more