This week I met up with my group members feeling a lot better and we continued working. With a few minor alterations, we completed our style guide and printed it. It was spiral-bound and landscape and looks like this:

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Some alterations to the site’s appearance were made upon suggestions from our lecturer. Firstly, it was suggested that a splash screen be put on the ‘about us’ page, like this (note that all the sites used in the splash screen were not actually designed by Atomic, as many of the sites that were on the original site had either been updated by another designer or were no longer in operation):

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As shown, we kept a line between the two text columns as was discussed last week and in the top right corner of the header we added a ‘client login’ for regular customers. To make it more web-friendly in terms of readability, we changed the body text to ‘Verdana’ from ‘Edmonsans’. This was important because it got us thinking more about the fact that this design is ultimately for the web, and not for print even though it will be presented on paper for submission.

Our lecturer was worried that the site wasn’t descriptive enough as to what type of design it did, so we added a little tagline on the homepage to make the company’s function clearer like this:

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After this, we began to work on the before and after comparison booklet. We’ve decided that our site maps will be submitted separately in the folder with our page designs in A3 format. Our booklet is in a similar format to our style guide, landscape and spiral bound in A4. We took sample screencaps of each page, ours and theirs, and placed them side by side. We then wrote justifications of each of the changes we made. We’ve also had to add three sites which influenced our design, one of which was ‘Creative Spark’ which we studied for a previous assessment. Unfortunately at the moment we’re struggling to remember the names of the other sites we liked, so we’ll have to find them quickly before submission.

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