Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Reading Response # 1

Based on Chapter 1 & 2, what are 3 points of advice you would give someone planning a website?

Based on the Design Styles reading, what style do you think we'll be attempting this semester?


1. Sejun Patrick Eve
2. Anthony Devin Catalina
3. Kevin Vanessa Hannah
4. Mackenzi Jenna Aaron
5. Chris Jaro Alfred
6. MJ Jenny
7. Ian Thuan

Notes from Client

Four Paws
made by go daddy

Started in 2011

Marley - detection- feeds
5-10 feet range

Grow colonies
Bed bugs eat blood, they feed and hide
Female bed bug, impregnated once, lay tons of eggs

Bed bugs doesn't depend on old buildings

60/40 find them

Doesn't damage a house

Bed bugs considered a neusance not a hazzard

US: Epidemnic, maybe Pandemic - can be an abuse because of the bites in old-folks homes

Will come right away - work the dog 6 hours


  • Rose pest solutions - 2 in this area, 1 or 2 in michigan
  • Bed Bed Inspector - BBI - will underbid - single dog
  • Buckeye Bedbug Dog- single dog


  • No hotels - but you want them - code enforcement 
  • Call centers
  • A couple places to a monthly service
How often - This week 1 everyday, but peaks and valleys

Expanding more than 1 dog, maybe bring some one on

Dog costs, 11k, NESDECA certified, $250

What makes us better - Counseling, Warm, Independent, Women Owned, Discrete, Continued Service, Taking the Extra Time

Detection - Dogs, flashlight, Dry-ice,Verify

Service all of Ohio - some in Kentucky

Residential & Commercial

$175 Dog a house, about an hour
If they find it could be $100's to $1000's

Packtight - to stay clean

Put in a bag, don't squish it

Connection with: exterminates, cross reference
Go in before and after, proactive reactive

IPM = Integrated Pest Management -

Why? Passion - ah ha moment, teaching

Education opportunity


  • People are extremely anxious
  • %90 Females
  • Would like worried Parents
  • Mostly through referrals

Bed Bug TV

Have Podcast with Shawn Ireland

Dont discriminate on income

Have QR code

Have an office? No - keep costs down

how do people engage you? I would like to head on top
Facebook and Linked

Clients utilize TV

Yelp? - Worry about the damage
Angie's List? - Worry about the damage

Not sure if I'm not allowed

Colors - Logos - Brand identity - invested

Email me, text me, leave a voicemail

Use google docs and calendar

Open to referrals

Glen Neidham

From Client:
  • Testimonials? capture
  • Site metrics? go back.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Assignment: Research

User Research
  • Each group, conduct 4-5 interviews, contextual interviews or survey
  • Purpose: How do people that may fit this persona use the web, make decisions - what would change their behavior, what sites do they like, what are their pet peeves
  • We will do some form of Participatory Research in class
Competitor Analysis
  • Each group will find a unique site to analyze (check with other groups)
  • Purpose: How are competitors addressing this? What are differentiators? What are usersBulleted List expecting? What are they doing well, what are they not?
  • See 10 Heuristics as a benchmark (will discuss in class)

You will post summary of all on your own team blog. You will present these to to the client on September 26.

For Next Week post a Research Plan on your team blog.

Monday, August 27, 2012

August 29

6-6:30 Reading Reaction
6:30-7:30 Meet the client
7:45-8:15 Create Groups
8:15-8:45 Research Assignment

Dont forget read/click thru Mobile First (in course outline)

Make group blogs, team names

Bring a Research Plan next week

Friday, August 24, 2012

Killers Song I Like

All these things I've done...

(don't forget to read :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

First Class (1)

Introduction - me and you
Course expectations, outline, grading, text
Vocabulary - what does it mean to you, what does it mean to me?
  • HTML
  • Browser
  • Web Application
  • CSS
  • User Experience
  • Interface
  • Usability
  • User Research
  • Focus Group
  • Usability Testing
  • Information Architecture
  • Persona
  • Heuristic Review
  • Wireframes
  • Accessibility
Mental Models - Watch Video
Expectations Rising

Affordance (the thing tell me I can ...)
Cultural Convention (my culture tell me I can...)
Physical Constraints (the world has limited this thing to do what...)
Logical Constraints (a designer or engineer has limited it thing to do what...)

Usability Test Exercise

Main Project - Type of Web Sites

About the client:

Welcome to 5405

Course Details

This course is structured to provide experience in the area of interactive visual communication and interface design. Students will apply course principals by creating an interactive Web site that integrates navigational elements with images, sound, and motion, founded on strong user-centered design and typographic principals.

This is a progress-oriented auxiliary course that requires active student participation. Class will meet 1 day per week for approximately 4 hours each day. Class sessions will be comprised of lectures, demonstrations, and assignments. An equal balance between theory and application will be expected.

This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to learn about important design principals of interface design and the significance of integrating it with effective interaction design. Students will address issues concerning the innovation of screen-based communication and the challenges associated with them. Design solutions should address the specific requirements and abilities of the user audience, be easy to understand, and support the structure, meaning and purpose of the information. It is the intent of this course to provide students with an adequate background in Web site authoring and current associated technology (and limitations).

Team Blog

All teams must have a Team Blog. The purpose is to post deliverables, show progress, share contact information, and collaborate. It must consist of a team name, and branded appropriately.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Main Project

In this class you will create a multi-device user experience strategy for a local business (4 Paws) following the user centered design process. You will create a working prototype for two devices, web and mobile.

The deliverables will be:
  • Charter
  • Research & Competitive Analysis
  • Personas
  • Wireframes
  • Clickable Prototypes
  • UsabilityTesting Plan &Scripts
  • Analysis
  • Functional Prototype

Including: Mid year and Final Presentations

Example wireframes for multiple devices: