Sunday, 2 June 2013

Web Page tips...

  • Web page - remember, if you are asked to design an webpage, think about the whole page, not just what you can see on screen.  Look at the NME website and scroll down to see what's 'under the bar', You'll get a sheet of A3, so you'll have plenty of room.
  • If you haven't got time to use colour, at least annotate your page and explain what the colour scheme is.  Keep it limited and, where possible, relevant to the genre you've chosen.
  • Remember, it's web page for a particular genre of music on a music magazine website. It is NOT the RHYMIX home page. Your 'masthead' should be something like RHYMIX INDIE - or whatever genre you decide on.
  • The 'publishing/ownership' details should be at the bottom of the page - again, look at the NME website and scroll down to see what's at the bottom of the page.
  • You ought to have a sign up/log in scheme so readers can receive extra details - perhaps of gigs near them - or whatever: use your imagination.
  • Your page MUST have some interactive features - we've gone over this numerous times in class - but remember, you're being asked to promote new bands/artists.
  • NME (or maybe Kerrang!) has a banner of video links across the page and you can access more by clicking the left/right pointer. Do the same!
  • Have a playlist! It's obvious.
  • A search box.
  • A serach box to find gigs in areas around the country.
  • Have a section for adverts - look at some of the recent posts on the blog that feature reader profiles, created to attract advertises for the magazines.  Bear in mind that your readers are not being asked to pay for this website, so attracting advertisers will be essential. Look at a magazine that deals with the same genre that you want to use; find out who they use as advertisers; use the same on your web page. At least one web page I looked at recently (NME? Kerrang!) was using flash technology to run two or three different adverts in the same section, one after the other.  You need to do something similar and, in your annotation, explain what the ads are for and HOW you decided on those particular brands - hence the need to do a little research into a magazine that covers a similar genre of music to the one you're interested in. 
  • When you're working on your exam revision and drawing out a webpage, try and give yourself 20 minutes to do it and make sure you annotate it so anything the examiners don't think you've covered in the design itself, is covered in the annotation.
  • Look at the recent posts that outlines the features of a web page and look at the slideshare that labels up a web page.  You need to be able to use the correct terminology when you annotate (or, possibly in another question, talk about your own):

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