WEB105 » Defining the Project 2

If I wanted to add some text… “Hi, Nick!” I could just do it like this.

Defining the project is a step that most young web designers don’t realize they need to do. If you do not clearly define your project, you are doomed to fail.

A) Discovery (cont’d)

Discovery is the sub-phase where you begin to understanding the client, the project and needs of the users.

The Maintenance Survey

Once a site is built it will still need to be updated as new information and content becomes available:


Web Redesign: Workflow that Works 2.0 - Maintenance Survey

The Maintenance Survey will cover issues such as:

  • What areas of the redesigned site will be updated—news, products, etc.
  • Who is the maintenance team and what are their individual responsibilities
  • How often will new sections or areas be added to the site

The Technical Specifications

You will need to address what technological requirements will be involved. However, It is not uncommon for the Client to want all of the bells and whistles without understanding the cost:


Web Redesign: Workflow that Works 2.0 - Technical Specification

The Technical Specifications will help clarify issues such as:

  • What “latest and greatest” will your project require—CMS, Flash, etc.
  • Analyzing both front and back-end technology

Because the client may often have unrealistic expectations, it is the project manager’s responsibility to make sure the client understands how each choice and decision affects the overall scope and cost of the project.

This portion of the Premium Design Works website is written by Mike Sinkula for the Web Design & Development students at Seattle Central College and the Human Centered Design & Engineering students at the University of Washington.


  1. Device metrics from Google for nerds that are interested in the exact breakpoints.

    Google’s design initiative is imho quite beautiful.

  2. Reed Wacker says:

    In your lecture today, you referenced how bad the new Gap logo was … well they changed it back. Ha! http://www.gapinc.com/public/Media/Press_Releases/med_pr_GapLogoStatement10112010.shtml

  3. Erin Ward says:

    We were talking about only giving licensing rights to companies for logos we might design for them… This is an interesting article about how common this practice is (and that it is totally fine and legit) and that companies can trademark something that they don’t own (and don’t even realize they don’t actually own).


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