Michael Kay

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GCOM 360 User Interface Design WordPress CMS

Spring Semester - 2019

GCOM 360
Let's Make It Great
Let's Make It WordPress

So far I have behind me two semesters of Basic Computer Repair, three semesters of Web Page coding; three semesters of Adobe – Photoshop and Illustrator, and one semester of WordPress CMS.   Am currently  employment as web-master for Crown Roofing, am building a house and making beauty in the yard as much as possible. The peace that comes from the stillness of the great outdoors, as well as from meditation  within,  is the greatest gift and highest blessing.  The better person I learn to be, the more I can do to make the world a better place.

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The Essence of menaing is

Everything We Do Matters

User Interface Design

Making Beautiful Layouts

Modern Looks

Just when you think you got it nailed, it changes. Got to keep the eyes open at all times.

Responsive Layouts

Responsive WordPress design allows your website to display perfectly on mobile devices always.

Server Security

CMS make things easy to create content, but much more vulnerable to malware attacks.

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Creative Design

Creative animations can enhance and beautify your content and keep your visitors attention.

Color Schemes

Use of specific colors to reflect the mood and theme of your chosen content.

Awesome Fonts

Typeface should follow best practices of minimal use and contrasting font types with design variety of sizes and weights.

Menu simplicity

I'm a fan of simplicity - and if you want to hold on to people's attention, you have to keep navigation simple.

Full Width Layout

No wasted space whether viewing the website on computer, tablet or smart phone

One Page Mode

Single or multi page scrolling with parallax to quickly zip through page content.

The Creative process

Is The Art Of Allowing

Featured Papers

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A Good Web Designer

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then web designers will find a way to access the creative part of the mind in a way which also may be seen as beautiful to others.  But can we say that  creativity is a component of mind at all?

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The CMS vs.HTML Shootout

There is much discussion about the pros and cons of web development from the standpoint of CMS user experience, but could the elephant in the room be the issue of server security and it's maintenance?

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Web Design For User Experience

Web design done with ease of user experience in mind necessarily takes into consideration user device type, user purpose and user psychology.  In this paper we shall briefly touch upon these areas as contributing factors in an overall picture to paint when engaging in web development for user experience.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Web usability can take into consideration many elements of website design feature and function based upon each person’s own criteria as to what he or she deems as usable or not usable in terms of individual user desire. In this paper I choose to focus on 4 elements which I deem important to my personal website user experience

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Web Design For User Experience

Web design involves two archetypes or personas. It provides a platform for content creation while also makes content available for users to connect with. In the middle we find web authors creating with the end user in mind, as well as for end users seeking meaning in content creations of web authors. We say “user experience” in vain attempt to describe the  pace where web content meets with predictable user interaction and accessible user need.

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Website Redesign Brief

There are many local websites advertising graphic and web design/development services and I have to admit that most do show impressive creative skills.  I did run across one designer website which did not look so good. A review of projects showcased by Crux Design shows talent in the projects themselves, yet strangely, the website created by this designer betrays the skills of the artist. 

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UX, Visual Design and IA

A website will contain text content, visual components and information made accessible by links and navigation. One challenge before the web developer is that of creating content which serves the needs of both the website owner and website user. The owner needs to make certain information available and the user needs to effectively get easy access to such information. Information Architecture seeks to bridge the gap between web design strategy and website owner needs as well as between UX vs. SEO considerations.

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Three User Scenarios

These are three user scenarios. First featured is a user story about Ruth, a local property management business owner who would like to have a new website but is not sure where to begin and not in any kind of hurry to get started. Second is a user scenario telling the story of Walt, a busy automotive mechanic who feels that having a website which provides Q & A, DIY tutorials and manufacturer/referral links would save him time. Third is a user case outlining the workflow of a busy up and coming Real Estate Investor named Gerald who thinks he should have a website as a next best step in promoting his business.

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Ruth

58 year old small business owner of 20 years is visual oriented with old school values based in ease of use with regard technology. She prefers face to face interactions over online methods of exchanges.

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Walt

62 year old automobile mechanic of 40+ years has to limit new customers due to being overwhelmed with taking care of his existing customers.  He believes in honest business and doing what is right for the customer.

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Gerald

32 year old self-made real estate investor who acquires customers by direct advertising, door to door canvassing and customer referrals does real estate flipping.

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Next Paper Coming Soon.  Please come back soon.

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Glossary

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What Makes For A Good Web Designer?

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The Pros And Cons Of CMS

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Productive Flourishing.  Showing our best to the world.  Taking the deep dive into the rivers of thrive. We are the change makers, the creatives, and entrepreneurs who are taking the next step.  We listen, see meaning, follow success, feel the joy and make ethical connections.  Everything matters.  Feel Free to connect and share.

My Creative Space

3835 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA  95822
Phone  916-558-2111