Hi Folks, here is the design brief for the project I’m working on during this workshop.
A brief summary of the business / site goals.
The site I will be working to improve during this workshop is www.australianmusicdatabase.com
The site is already active and receiving a small but regular readership. It records information about Australian Bands, Musicians, Recordings and Live Music Venues, particularly the “family tree” aspects of the music scene. At the moment it is still young but is growing steadily. The purpose of turning into a web-app was to allow other users apart from myself to contribute to the site thus allowing it to grow faster than my efforts alone.
The key users. The key users would be divided into two broad groups, those who only read the site and those who contribute to it. For the readers, which is the bulk of the users, I’d like the site to be a little bit more like a magazine or book rather than an “industrial” database which is sort of how it looks now. For the contributors I’d like to simplify the user interface to allow those who do not have great computer skills to still be able to contribute to it.
Scenarios in which your app or site will be used.
I’m not sure what to put here
Design principles to follow. As I said above for the readers of the site I’d like it to be like a magazine or reference book. It collects a bunch of fairly boring facts and presents them as a reference tool so i’d like it to have that feel. For the contributors I think it just needs to be simple too use and intuitive. Probably “facebook simple” if that makes sense.
Overall I’m not too unhappy with the site as it stands as I have no real design experience, but I’m sure with the help of this workshop we can make it look a great deal more professional.
I hope this is what you were after.