Professional Web Design: Meeting the Needs of both a Business and its Web Site Users
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When I first tackled the project of a web site for Parkview Hills back in early 1998, I merely thought it would be a fun project for me to practice my web design skills, not to mention a chance for some local recognition. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought it would later become the basis for my Senior Individualized Project (SIP). Designing the site was definitely a lot of fun, but at the time I wasn't concerned with the "big issues" I would later examine in my SIP, of whether the site would meet both user needs as well as Parkview's professional goals. The aim then was simply to make a web version of Parkview's newsletter, The Warbler, and to include other general information about the community and how to gain information about living there. After a year away from Parkview Hills, spent on foreign study, I returned to find that the site was a bit of a mess and that I wanted to completely redesign it. I had initially been rather sloppy and disorganized in my approach to web design. I now wanted to make it a site I was proud of - not to mention one that was useful to both Parkview Hills and its visitors. And thus, my SIP was born!