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Week 10: The Beginning of the End

Based on our class discussions in Week 9, I gather that most of you are on track with your Usability Report projects. By Tuesday of Week 10, you should have completed all of your usability tests; this will allow you to spend the following week writing up your results and creating protoypes to include in your final report. I have changed the due date for the Usability Report from November 4th to November 6th, as we discussed in class.

In Week 10, we will begin working on the Final Project — a major site design (or redesign). In order to complete this project, you will need to work with a real client on a real site that will “go live” by the end of the semester (or shortly thereafter). For Tuesday’s class, please come ready to discuss your idea for the final project. You may need to contact your potential client to discuss the size and scope of the project they have in mind. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, think locally: you might want to work on a site for a small business in town, a campus club, a community organization, or a nonprofit group. If you contact a potential client before class, please don’t commit yourself to the project, since you might decide to work on someone else’s idea. All of you will be working in small groups (at least two people, no more than four) on the final project. In class, we will share our ideas and “choose teams” for the Final Project.

On Thursday, I’ll be out of town at a conference, so we won’t meet as a class. However, before the end of the week, you should meet with your group to plan for the Final Project, then meet with your client to get started. We’ll talk more about these meetings in class on Tuesday.

If you have any questions about your Usability Report, the Final Project, or anything else, just let me know.

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