One of the key modules during my final year of university was a project in which groups of students would meet with a real world client to develop a website from scratch. In our graduating year that client was the Navigation Inn, a local pub in the village of Gnosall.
The brief for the project was to create a website that could be easily updated through a tablet device and would allow the pub to publish seasonal menus and highlight upcoming events. To this end my group created a fully custom content management system for the client that allowed full customisation of the website content.
My personal role within the project was to design one of the two original mock-ups that we pitched to the client. After that my primary role was in the development of the HTML and CSS of the website as well as the development of the site structure and a content strategy. However, throughout the run of the project I was involved in all stages of the development.
Another key aspect of the project was to present the website at different stages of development, which allowed us to get great feedback from the client throughout the process and tweak the project as a result.
In all the years I have been running this module, that is the best presentation of a project I have ever seen. I wish I could have recorded it to show to students as an example of how it should have been done.
– Fiona Knight, Lecturer at Staffordshire University