In Principles of Information Architecture, a core course taught by Dr. Steven Goss, MS in Professional Writing students learn about information architecture and user experience through the study and practice of techniques used to develop websites and web apps. For their final projects this past spring, students were asked to develop a website prototype based on a mock request for proposal (RFP). In response to the mock RFP, students sought ways to match content presentation methods with the specific needs of their target audiences– which varied across projects. After submitting their prototypes, the class took on the role of RFP reviewers and voted for the strongest prototypes. The following student website prototypes were ranked the highest in the Spring 2019 course (in no order):
Creator: Louise Lumia
As someone who works remotely and takes classes remotely, I thought it would be helpful to others (remote employees, freelancers, and students) to create a site that addresses the intersection of remote work and self-care. I organized my site across topics that grew out of user interviews and user testing. The site also has a social media element, allowing users to create a profile and interact with each other.New York Reads
New York is a literary city filled with stories that inspire and a thriving culture that supports reading and writing. While websites or newspapers may publish “best of” lists, there is no regularly updated online source that keeps readers informed of new and well-reviewed books about the city they love. New York Reads will fill that gap by providing a timely collection of online reviews and recommendations for novels about/set in New York City.
All Sport Fan Community
Creator: Gonathan Breedlove
All Sport Fan Community is a site dedicated to a global and avid sport fan base. It serves as an all inclusive sport experience, bringing fans together with an integrated social media platform, game schedules, and the most up-to-date news across all sporting leagues.
Creator: Andrea Carey
The game of baseball has been called “the gentleman’s game.” Yet, women love the game as much as men. Diamond Dames is a blog/content site about professional baseball for female fans. The site provides a place where women can learn, talk, and share their knowledge of the game.
City on a Shoestring
Creator: Rachel Hirschhaut
City on a Shoestring seeks to answer the question “Where should we eat today?” for cost-conscious food enthusiasts. Articles highlight a diverse list of affordable cafes and restaurants in popular areas of New York City. The website also explores how people apply Information Architecture and UX principles when choosing restaurants.
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