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Planear o vosso projecto Web | Planning your web project


Neste momento devo ter uns três ou quatro projectos para websites para desenvolver. Por isso percebo bem o post do Ryan Sholin que fala na colaboração entre criadores, programadores e designers. Cada pessoa tem as suas próprias ideias e linguagem, por isso o criador tem que saber explicar o que pretende com o website,que funcionalidades necessita, e qual o aspecto geral que se procura. Eu, nos meus tempos negros em que fazia de conta que era webdesigner (mais trolha que arquitecto ou engenheiro) bem via as dificuldades que tinha com os clientes quando me tentavam – sem sucesso- explicar o que queriam.

Sholin deixa-nos cinco sugestões simples que servem para qualquer projecto colaborativo deste género, às quais acrescento ainda mais algumas :

-usem exemplos que já conheçam ou plataformas já existentes;

-respeitem a criatividade dos outros, se lhes foram pedir ajuda foi porque acharam que eles tinham capacidade de fazer o site melhor do que vocês alguma vez pensaram. Além disso, se são especialistas a opinião deles em certos aspectos é mais avalizada do que a vossa;

- estejam preparados para perder tempo, nada se faz bem e depressa, e é preciso tentar e errar, para depois refazer e melhorar;

- sejam também simpáticos, e realistas.Muitas vezes serão obrigados a lidar com essas pessoas muito tempo depois do site estar acabado, por isso, não se comportem como idiotas , nem deixem que os outros o façam. Boa sorte para os vossos projectos.

Update- O Dave Cohn, criador do projecto laureado pela Knight News, Spot.us, também percebe bem o que é isto, e deixou mais uma sugestão:

So You Want to Build a Startup? – Step One: Get Your Story Straight

Right now i must have about three or four website projects to develop.So i understand perfectly this post by Ryan Sholin that taks about the collaboration between creators, developers and designers. Each one has it’s own language, so the creator must know how to explain what he wants with the website, which applications he needs, and the general look and feel he is looking for. Me, in my dark days as a wannabe webdesigner (more like a mason than architect or engineer) had my own troubles with most clients when they tried – unsuccessfully- to explain what they wanted.

Sholin gives five suggestions that will work for any collaborative work of this sort, to which I add a few more:

-use other projects or platforms that already exist asan example for what you’re looking for;

-respect other people’s creativity, if you asked them for help it was probably because you thought they are more skilled than you to do your website, and do it better than you ever imagined. Besides, if they’re experts, their opinion about some issues will always be better than yours;

-be prepared to waste time, nothing can be done fast and well, and you have to try and fail, to rebuild it and make it better;

-also, be nice, and keep it real. Often you will have to deal with those people long after the website is done, so don’t act like idiots nor should you let others do it.

Good luck with your projects.

Update-Dave Cohn creator of the Knight News awarded Spot.us, knows a lot about this and leaves his own suggestion:

So You Want to Build a Startup? – Step One: Get Your Story Straight

Start with a pencil: That’s right, it’s time to whip out ye olde dead tree times two — paper and pencil. Personally, I prefer swiping a sheet of 11×17 from the nearest printer. Lots of room for notes at that scale, plus, you’re going to want to draw all sorts of crazy arrows and add captions and numbers and diagrams and… maybe that’s just me. But either way, this is your first prototype: Paper and pencil. Pen if you prefer to live dangerously.

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2 Responses to “Planear o vosso projecto Web | Planning your web project”


  1. 11 de Setembro de 2008 às 2:06 pm

    Hah! Great choice of image to illustrate this blog post. I don’t even mind that you swiped it from me. ;)

  2. 11 de Setembro de 2008 às 2:10 pm

    Hi Chris, it was indeed the best choice lol. Sorry for stealing the image, but as you can see it’s linked to your webpage, now with wordpress’ caption feature it’s easier to byline the pics, still i always link them to their origin. Thanks for not being mad at me for this ;)


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