Web Design/Group Activities/Paired Bio Pages
The whole web design class has been approached by a local newspaper and asked if we could put together a bunch of (brief) biographical pages about us - the local web design students at the local college.
The purpose of each biographical page is to enable readers to see a little into the life of a student, their goals and aspirations, likes, world-views, hobbies or views on current events. They've asked also if an aspect of each page-design could reflect something of the persons character (such as the choice of colours, font or theme graphics).
The newspaper has asked for the pages to be in either a word-processor format or HTML.
Outline of Activity[edit | edit source]
In this group activity you'll get the chance to:
- interview another participant in the class - finding about their interests and passions - as well as,
- demonstrate any background skills in design, communication or technology that you've picked up in school or work (none assumed!)
- learn from each other!
Duration (suggestion only):
- Planning client interview - 10 mins
- Conduct interview (and possibly take photo of your client or for background image of your page) - 30 mins
- Report back results of interviews to the group - 10 mins
- Create Bio page - 60 mins (or longer, depending on your page!)
- Discuss final bio pages (both from designer and clients perspective) together with whole group.
Planning your client interview[edit | edit source]
As well as the normal details such as names, interests, motivations etc., you may want to run with a theme or metaphor for your client's bio page and interview. Be as creative as you feel comfortable, but remember that the person you're interviewing is your client - you are creating the page to reflect their personality, not your own!
There's some interesting personal interview-type questions on Everything you ever wanted to know about each other.
Relationship to Qualifications[edit | edit source]
If you already have substantial HTML/CSS skills and knowledge, you may be able to use this activity to demonstrate your skills for assessment purposes. Talk to your facilitator for more information.