Social Psychology of Web Architecture


Note: Before you proceed, please check the instructions for your generations.html file and your newsgroups.html file on how to format the various sections of this report. The instructions there also apply here.

1) Introduction:  xxx

Tell readers what they're going to find in your report and talk about yourself a little in relation to web design: what did you know about it before you started; what was your initial reaction; what is your current attitude towards it, especially whether or not it has become part of your life, part of something you're going to think about from now on, or not.

_____ 2) **Take a look at earlier generations for student reports on this topic.  Describe what the students are talking about by making a list of topics with a brief annotation for each.  Be sure to link to each one you discuss.  Analyze the level of the topics.  Make sure you have a paragraph on each of these:

3) Web Designer Principles As I See It:  xxx

(a) Go to this address and poke around for awhile (lots to explore...).

Be sure to have your word processor open at the same time and type in things when the thoughts actually occur to you. Don't wait for later or rely on memory and impression, if you want a valid, objective report!! Remember: Truth in advertising -- "What I write is what I think and feel." ((But please: write in a style that is comprehensible and pleasing to the general others!!))

(b) What is the purpose of this Site, as you see it? Describe its links and what you think they mean.

(c) Explore each link and summarize whatever you can understand, using copy/paste techniques and links and your descriptions or interpretations in your own words. You can number the points sequentially as "Principles I Understand". You don't have to discuss things you don't understand. Remember: you're writing for future students and visitors and you want to accomplish two purposes:

(I) Give them useful information to browse through as processed by your unique mind. Don't just paraphrase because then the reports of everyone in this class will sound the same!!

(II) Give them a happy time while learning about the information -- so you can use your own flavor of humor (in good taste) or accomplish this purpose.

4) Psychological Aspects to Web Design:   xxx

(a) Go to the instructor's article on the social psychology of home page architecture and pick three favorite ideas from it. Explain each in your own words and why they are your favorites. Use copy/paste and links to illustrate from the article.

(b) Now compare the principles you elaborated above to these psychological principles. Make a connection for an overall picture.

5) What It's Like to Become a Web Designer:  xxx

Give your biography as a web designer:

(a) where you started from

(b) what you went through

(c) where you are now

(d) what's ahead for you

(e) what advice you have for future generations?

(f) what advice you have for the instructor with regard to his attempt to build the online generational community classroom.?

6. Annotated Index to Web Design: xxx

Search the Internet for articles that discuss the psychological forces in web design and navigation. Describe how you found them and what each says in relation to the topics you discussed in your report.


_____ 7) Add a centered h1 or h2  heading, calling the document:

Social Psychology of Web Architecture:

Note:  the XXX means you have to make up your own sub-title--something that reflects your approach, style, and theme.  Do this after you finish your report and you know how it turned out!  But don't forget to do it--don't leave the XXX there!!

_____ 8) Put this in your HTML [title] field (or use Page Properties command): Gender Differences in Driving by FN/ LN, Gxx/ Year, University of Hawaii

_____ 9) Place a Table of Contents at the top of the document with links to all the sub-sections.

_____ Note: Students often forget this item--but it is required: The first item in the Table of Contents MUST be called Instructions for this Report and it must be a live link to this document.  Points will be deducted if you forget this requrement!  Do it now.

_____ 10) Be sure you add a Navigation Table and e-mail button at the bottom of the document.  This is a requirment for all your documents.  Check now now to see if you have on in all your documents.  Do it now!

_____ 11) Using your web browser, check your document screen by screen: no screen should be made of just one paragraph (i.e., no paragraph should exceed one screen full--it's too hard to read that way!)  Just look at every screen:  it should not be made up of all text--separate using paragraph breaks.

_____ 12) Spell check your document before uploading!!

_____ 13) Check the visibility of your text: patterned backgrounds are not allowed. Darker colors are not allowed. White bgcolor is always excellent, especially if you vary the font face, color, and size to enhance visibility and emphasis (no blinking text allowed). Remember: your text looks different in different browsers and computers, so you need to experiment and ask others. You may also use graphic enhancers such as color bars, color dots, icons. However, animated icons are a problem if they distract attention from the text. Using the Table tag in html allows easy control over the color of each column and the placement of text on the screen. See this example for how to change the color of fonts. See this student's effective use of varied font faces, colors, and sizes.

_____ 14) Check the way your document loads after it contains everything. How long does it take? Does text appear on the screen while one waits, or is it blank? Slow loads and blank screens are not allowed, so you must choose graphics that are low in memory size!

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