Logo design by Martin Whitmore
Rendering by Cassandra Fortson
My Role: Front-End Developer, Information Architect, User Experience Researcher/Designer, Copy Writer
Time Frame: 4 weeks
Freelance Project: My First Word Press Endeavor
Tools: Word Press, Site Ground, Adobe XD, FlowMapp, Slack
I self learned how to competently and proficiently use Word Press!
How to apply my front-end development skills to a Real World Project.
Templates can be restrictive and limiting in design, requiring a great deal of code manipulations.
The importance of making freelance contracts UP FRONT and discussing project roles and expectations, in explicit details up front.
I conducted a google survey, in which, 72 participants answered questions
Their answers helped me to identify:
A need and desire for testing information access
What types of information users want to see when looking for covid-19 testing access
Necessary State Page Information per the client's request and google survey results:
5 user navigation tests were conducted and revealed that:
Some of the challenges I encountered:
Delayed responses to my emails and information requests
Clients unwillingness to communicate on the phone or video conferencing
Misunderstanding of what my role was and being asked to do Web Master tasks! Which I WAS able to accomplish after countless hours on the line with WP support.
Unrealistic expectations of timeline and scope of project, by myself and the client.
Project post mortem is a thing. After the deadline arose, the client handed this over to a Full Stack Developer and I lost creative access to the site.
What I learned the hard way, but still appreciate in this experience:
I realized after the fact that having to learn Word Press and build an entire site in less than 4 weeks was not a reasonable scope or realistic timeline.
I have since had practice with two consistent clients and I now give thoughtful proposals upfront. I have been able to accurately assess the amount of time it will take within my own process to deliver projects on time , and within scope and budget.