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Assignment 5: website mockups

Mockups for website home page, here goes… firstly structure > this is the basic container for web page content, based on the simple grid:

simple layout for web page based on the proportional grid

Adding boxes into the grid areas, to hold the content:

showing content boxes arranged in containers

Thinking about how the boxes will behave in the containers when the web page is resized in the browser (think wide screens, tablets, phones here).  My idea is to make the top menu and footer containers fill the width of the screen, with the content centred on the screen.  Ideally, boxes in the main content areas (article, footer, sidebar) will re-arrange themselves in the horizontal space from left to right, and top to bottom.  Non-essential boxes can disappear if there’s not enough space.

narrower layout to show re-arrangement of boxes in smaller containers

For the mockups, I’ve used 3 sizes:
GAFS web mockup – medium
GAFS web mockup – widescreen
GAFS web mockup – phone

For the home page, the main article space under the header (in the blue box) would have an intro section at the top, and updateable news items underneath.  The right hand sidebar green box would contain key links to the main areas of interest for users and volunteers.  Essential details are in the footer boxes. Medium sized screens would display like this:

website mockup

Wider screens  would have more detail in the header, and the articles container would be wider, allowing for a bit of re-arrangement of boxes:

website mockup

Smartphones would see a single column display without the furniture header illustration to use the space better:

website mockup

Assignment 5: Grids and boxes

The focus of this chapter/assignment is layout.  The task is about designing a logo, letterhead, business card, annual review and a website front page mockup – presumably to a house style.  This means a generic design layout idea that can work across a range of mediums and sizes, and given it’s a small charity, it hasn’t got to be expensive or complicated.  It’s got to be adaptable and fit into all manner of rectangular shapes, basically.  Also thinking about the logo which needs to be the most adaptable of the lot.   Keywords here: flexibile, stretchy, responsive, proportionality, balance.  Looking for a method…

To start with, played around with some basic box shapes:
layout ideas with circles and rounded rectangles

layout ideas using coloured circles and rounded rectangles on blue background

Thinking about the tools: websites often start with Photoshop.  Indesign is basically about boxes on grids – the boxes are stretchy, the grids are fixed.  Pixels and vectors – fixed and stretchy. Looking at web grids and the whole debate about working to fixed widths, or flexible relative widths, or some combination. Basically it’s about building boxes within boxes and creating the rules for what happens when there isn’t enough horizontal space for all the objects contained within a particular box.  Paper deals in fixed sizes, but designs usually have to work across a range of proportional sizes – ie A4 > A5 portrait > A6 landscape postcard > business card. So it’s pretty much the same.

Thinking about grid systems and proportionality, the ubiquity of the rectangle, and the biology of the eye… did a bit of reading round looking at grids based on the golden section (for proportionality).  I picked out one grid design to try out for the report > A4 spread and A4 single page:

grid layout guide

grid layout guideSource: http://www.markboulton.co.uk/journal/comments/five-simple-steps-to-designing-grid-systems-part-2

I tested the grid by adding the basic shapes to see if it works (ie creates balance) and it looked quite promising: A4 grid tryout,  A4 grid tryout 1A4 grid tryout 2A4 spread tryout.

I also picked out this more-basic-than-basic web design template to try:
2 column proportional layout grid

Source: http://www.markboulton.co.uk/journal/comments/five-simple-steps-to-designing-grid-systems-part-5

And finally a couple of ratios for reference: A4 paper > 1:1414, Golden section > 1:1.618