Site Redesign



So, I've done it again. I've redesigned my site.... AGAIN. The last redesign was only 5 months ago, but I must admit that design was just a stepping stone to this one. If you recall, I wanted something less busy, as I thought the previous design was starting to get a bit too crazy, and I was adding stuff to it just for the sake of adding stuff to it. With the last design, I got rid of all the unnecessary garbage, and I must admit, I really liked it. I've continued with that idea in this new design, but I've added a bit more. The "more" in this case, however, was not added for the sake of adding. I really thought it through, and only added "more" cause I thought "more" was necessary.

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Matthew Albrecht, Attorney At Law Launches



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screenshotFrom start to finish, this by far has been one of my most enjoyable projects. It took a few drafts before I started to feel confident in my design, when finally, it all came together. I must say, I'm really pleased with the end result.

Working with Matt was a pleasure. He was very receptive to my ideas from the very beginning. In our first meeting, he came prepared, and gave me all his thoughts and ideas of what the site should contain. Based on this information, and the fact that this was a site for an attorney, I wanted to convey a strong sense of professionalism, with a minimum amount of images, and a sizable amount of textual content. This was not at all a problem for Matt. He was able to come up with some excellent quality content that made it easy to incorporate into the final draft.

For this site, I used XHTML, CSS, Magpie RSS, sIFR (for all headers), and a minimal amount of JavaScript and PHP.

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Agile Usability Design & Testing



When I first found out that our company was going to switch over to the SCRUM agile development methodology, I was extremely skeptical. After being with the company for 5 years as a web designer, I had already been a part of two major application overhauls. Both of which took months and months to design. Now, we were planning on implementing a methodology that crammed a set of tasks to be done by a team of designers, developers, QA engineers, and analysts into 30 days worth of work. Since day one, I wasn't sure how we'd be able to incorporate design and usability into this type of process. There were a number of questions I had:

  • How many days out of the 30 can be dedicated to design and usability testing?
  • How can you possibly design a usable interface in such a short time frame?
  • How can you execute usability tests in such a short time frame?
  • How can you make modifications based on the UAT results in such a short time frame?

As you can see, a pattern was developing here: "How can (fill in the blank) be accomplished in such a short timeframe?" When I approached anyone with these questions, the responses were not good. The reason: usability design wasn't necessarily thought about when this methodology was created.

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