In addition to your code and design, you will receive a grade for your presentation of your WordPress website. Presenting your work to others is an integral part of the feedback cycle, and is a way to improve your work and your communication skills.
Upon completing your presentation, you will be given a grade of either [E]; Excellent, [G]; good, or [NI]; needs improvement. To get the best grade possible, follow these guidelines:
- Dress for the occasion – Business Casual, no hats, no chewing gum
- The point of your presentation to the group is to show your work in the best light possible. Sell the work. Focus on the positive. Practice framing ‘negatives’ in a positive way.
- negative: “I don’t have a contact form because I ran out of time”
- positive: “In a future iteration of the site, a contact form will be here, allowing users to get in touch with the company.”
- Prepare your presentation. You should cover the following items
- Begin by introducing yourself and the company you designed the site for
- What were the client’s objectives?
- How does your design help the client achieve these objectives?
- How did your design solution evolve over time?
- What cool features/tricks/special touches did you add to your project?
- Where did you source your visual elements (fonts, images, plugins, etc)?
- In closing, Ask the group for their feedback and be prepared to answer questions about your design.