Information Design

Course Info:

Course Introduction

In this course, students learn systematic techniques for each stage of the Web site design process. Students also learn how user demographics, competitive critiques, feature lists, site maps, and wireframes are used in information design.

Whether a Web designer or simply a Web content editor or project manager, students discover how to take a site’s architecture from concept to reality, gaining insights into client management along the way.

Course Prerequisites

Illustrator Basics or Photoshop Basics, and Dreamweaver 1 courses or equivalent experience.

Course Notes

A Student Guide is provided for this course. Evaluation is based solely on an Academy of Learning final exam. Prior to taking the final exam, students must successfully complete all the components of the online course material. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

Course Breakdown

  • Lesson 1:
    Organization and Planning; Understanding Information; What Does an Information Designer Do?; User Analysis; Primary User Types; Task Analysis; Content Analysis and Delivery; Planning with the Client
  • Lesson 2:
    Information Hierarchy and Navigation; Site Features; Strategies for Grouping Content; Creating a Hierarchy; Navigation Levels; Set the Flow of Information
  • Lesson 3:
    Blueprinting a Web Interface; Wireframes; Designing the Wireframes; Information Design vs. Art Direction; Information Design Case Studies; What’s New? What’s Next?
  • Program: Web Designer Program

  • Course Aim: To provide the student with a thorough understanding of the systematic approach to designing information architecture for the Web.

  • Of interest to: Those interested in pursuing a career in graphic or Web design.

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