Where last month we talked about knowing our people and their motivations, this month our planned chapter releases are focused on knowing your content and its connections to your users. That’s right, it’s time to talk content inventories and analytics.
Blend likes to begin all of our web projects – especially those that include strategy, design, or technical planning – with our “Audiences and Outcomes” workshop, which is simply an audience and expectation-focused discovery workshop that nails down the who and what of a site. This month’s chapter release focuses on those two directions: your audiences, and your outcomes/expectations.
Two more chapters are going up, and this time we focus on better understanding who your web team is – who is going to help make these decisions for the larger project – and what that plan will look like as your ideas take shape.
The Web Project Guide is here! To start, read our Introduction. From there, you can check out the first two chapters, which are dedicated to those very early and formative stages at the start of a web project.
Things will be a little slow on Eating Elephant over the next few months, as we (Deane and I) are embarking on a new writing project: The Web Project Guide.
I’m excited to officially announce the my inclusion in The Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design. SURPRISE – I wrote about content strategy. The chapter, which focuses on both sides of the content strategy landscape – both user needs and editor needs – serves as a capstone to all of this empathy stuff that’s I’ve been writing and talking about over the past year and a half. So go buy it.
There are thousands of books about what it takes to learn the skills needed for our careers – the art and craft and promotion – but precious few about what it takes to understand the job that lies beneath. We know what to do, and why to do it, but we don’t learn how to push forward on a practical level. Mike Montiero’s Design is a Job is one of those precious few.
So let’s not try to tackle an in depth review of Erin Kissane’s The Elements of Content Strategy, because the book itself is very good and we won’t do it much justice other than to say “you should read this if you’re into content strategy and want to get better and need a great little […]
There’s an underlying belief throughout the non-tech-savvy that computer and Web programmers are a secluded, arrogant group; fiercely loyal to their language, looking out for themselves, unable to share their findings lest they make themselves obsolete. It’s this belief that leads us to stop trusting our company’s IT department and automatically mistrust the kid Web […]