GD 67 Group Presentations

Group Presentations will occur over the next several weeks. In Group Presentations we’ll define and discuss the process documents and “deliverables” for a website redesign. These presentations serve as short, instructional “workshops,” and we’ll create these documents as part of our weekly assignments.

Presentations must answer the following questions:

  • What is it? Why is this document important?
  • When in the design process do you create this?
  • How do you create it or complete it and why? Teach us the basics.
  • Your group must base the presentation on the resources listed below for your topic.
  • Provide 1-2 new resources we can use. Make sure the resources are specific to Web Design and/or Websites. Please go over your new resources with me before your presentation if you’re not sure.


  • All team members must speak during the presentation.
  • Your group has a total of 15 minutes (plus a 5 minute Q & A) to present, so be sure to use your time wisely.
  • Please refer to online resources and “Google it.” This is an exercise on doing research and finding resources on the Web.
  • Think of this as a short “workshop” to present and teach us the basics, so come with samples, examples, visuals, and handouts.
  • Please post any visuals you use in the presentation to one team member’s WordPress blog so the class can access the materials.

Why the heck are we doing this?

The reasoning behind the group presentations is that this is an exercise in working in teams, an opportunity to practice leadership, practice presenting in front of others, and teaching others, to learn by doing, and to “do research” and find answers on the Web… all of these are things that will be helpful to your career, trust me.

About “doing research”

Over the life of your career, you’ll have multiple situations when you need to learn how to do something you’ve never done before “on-the-fly,” or learn something you don’t know anything about. This will happen all the time.

Take the opportunity to practice “doing research,” finding more information about subjects you’re unfamiliar with and things you don’t know how to do. Fortunately we have the “world at our fingertips” so a good place to start is with the Web. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Google it. (enough said)
  2. Look it up in Wikipedia.
  3. Refer to the resources we’ve discussed in class.
  4. Search for the topic on Twitter. (You may be surprised…)
  5. Try searching for closely related terms (in this case terms such as information architecture, user experiences (ux), process documents, etc.
  6. Read How to Find Anything Online: Become an Internet Research Expert (thanks, Webdesigner Depot!)

Class 03 – March 5

Group Presenter

Competitive Analysis: Amanda Johansson, Murray Smith, Michael Lemus  

Competitive Analysis

From the book Web Redesign 2.0: Analyzing Your Competition


Competitive Analysis

Competitive Analysis created for Santa Monica College Website:

Class 04 – March 12

Group Presenters

Creative/Project Brief: Maria Arroyo, Cocoa Dixon 

Creative/Project Brief


7 Basics to Create a Good Design Brief

Mastering the Creative Brief

Here a Sample Creative Brief for your reference.

Budget/Project Estimate: Kellie Matteson, Raquel Rivera 

Budget/Estimate + Contract


Effective Strategy to Estimate Time for your Design Projects

How To Spot A Sketchy Client (Plus A Contract Template)

Project Estimator

Here is an example of a Estimate

Project Schedule: Diana Gurevich, Natsko Mckissack 

Project Schedule


Use Google Docs to Create Schedule:

Schedule and Cost Summary Calculator
(How calculating costs, helps to determine schedule)

Here’s an example of a Schedule

Class 05 – March 26

Group Presenters

Personas: Stephanie Hughes, Lisa Kay, JP Powell

Personas (User Profiles)


Introduction to Personas

Making Personas:

Creating User Profiles

Personas created for Santa Monica College Website:
Persona 1
Persona 2
Persona 3

Class 06 – April 2

Group Presenters

Site maps: Toki Ngo Hoangthy, Bill O’Donnell, Marcus Welles 


Creating a Website Sitemap:

PDF of a Santa Monica College website redesign site map

Class 07 – April 9

Group Presenters

Wireframes: Casey Caputo, Jacqueline Pearson, Gaby Velasquez 


Beginner’s Guide to Wireframing–webdesign-7399

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