This project will be a platform for me to release my webcomic. It will also provide official merchandise through linking to websites such as Redbubble and society6, and I will also provide methods to order and pay for commissioned artwork. It will contain my professional contact information and examples of my artwork. It will contain character bios and information about the webcomic. It will be the means for me to advertise and jumpstart my artistic career, while also providing much-needed practice in constructing websites. This website will also contain the conventional pages that an audience expects of an artist, namely merchandise, commission information, an About page containing information about the characters, comic, and creator, and social media links to receive updates and behind the scenes information. All of these five main pages will contain everything necessary for an artist in this day and age, from content to contact information.
My audience will be looking for a webcomic as entertainment, as well as other resources they have come to expect from successful artists such as merchandise, commission information, details about the characters, comic, and creator, and social media links. These are common to most websites for professional artists, and create a whole artist’s website around content such as a webcomic.
Who is using the site?
This site will primarily be for other artists, other fans, or generally those that are interested in comics. They are usually otherwise known as nerds.
What is the visitor doing when he/she visits the site?
They will primarily be there to visit the comic and check for updates, but I plan to have other pages as well. Many other webcomic websites include commission information, contact information for the artist, and an official store for merchandise.
What actions or content is the visitor wanting?
The visitor will primarily be there for the webcomic. They will also have other options available with the different pages on the website. They will be able to order commissions through the website through PayPal, and also contact me and access other mobile websites.
Where is the visitor located?
My visitors will hopefully be located internationally, so they will be able to access the website from all over the world. I am concentrating my advertising locally, so I expect that the majority of the traffic will be from Idaho.
When is the site being visited?
Since I intend for the site to be accessed by visitors from all over the world, they will be visited at all times of the day. I plan to let visitors know when I am posting new content, so the traffic will be highest after posting new content. I plan to post a new page at least weekly, probably on Sundays, so I would anticipate highest traffic on Sunday night and Monday morning.
How are users accessing the site?
Most of them will likely access it from desktops or tablets because those are the best ways to access webcomics. I plan to make the mobile site a condensed version so it’s more accessible, but I am still trying to figure out how to size the pages of my webcomic so that they will be visible and readable on mobile. The pages will be very large, but I will make several panels and arrange them in a column on the mobile website so they are visible.
- Persona: Art Major
- Fictional Name: Aimee Soderberg
- Job Title/Responsibilities: Intern at the Walt Disney Animation Studio
- Age: 21
- Family Status: Single college student
- Education: Junior in college
- Goals and Tasks: To find other artists for inspiration and entertainment.
- Environment: Personal computer and iPad Pro, school WiFi network
- Quote: "Why are there never any good comics about female superheroes, and why can't they wear actual functional costumes?
- Comic Homepage: This webpage will display the webcomic and have the actual navigation (first, previous, next, and latest) for the comic.
- Official Merchandise: This will contain links to the online stores I will sell through such as Redbubble or Society6. Providing my own merchandise will prevent other people from using my characters and then creating their merchandise. I already have accounts for both sites, and I am eligible for uploading merchandise. I have the buttons and links for both websites available as well.
- Commission Information: The Commission page will contain the HTML5 video for the website. This webpage will have the PayPal buttons for actually purchasing commissions. I will also have descriptions for each of the pricing tiers for commissions and examples of my artwork. I already have a PayPal account ready for use, and I also have the buttons and links already on my website.
- Contact Information: This page will have links to my professional email, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and it will have more of my professional history and artistic experience. I will also add a link to my portfolio once I have one. All accounts, emails, and pages for social media have been created and the links are present on the page.
- All of these pages will be accessible using the main navigation that is present on every page. All pages will also have the same basic header and footer to promote unity.
- I plan to keep my site weight well within the requirements, by optimizing all images and videos, and only using two typefaces.
- I have implemented a color scheme that will make the text visible and contrasting, and my Visual Media teacher has approved it.
- Using media queries, I plan to adjust the font for every window for maximum readability. I do not plan to use any add-ons, and any Flash I add will be used sparingly.
- Every image will have appropriate ALT tags, and I will work with my host site to establish an appropriate 404 page.
- The logo is at the very top of the page, and links to my assignments page on my website.
- I will create appropriate taglines for every page so that the purpose of each page is clear.
- The homepage will be simply designed, and immediately recognizable and digestible.
- I have an About the Comic page that is easily accessible through the navigation which will contain all information about the characters and the comic.
- I will also have a Contact page that contains all contact information.
- The main navigation will be easily identifiable, and they will be clear and concise to save space.
- The number of buttons and links will be reasonable for a comic.
- The logo is linked to the assignments page, which is effectively the homepage of my website.
- Links will be consistent and will change colors when they are hovered over or active.
- I do not plan to have a site search at this point, but if I include one it will be right under the navigation.
- All the major headings will be clear and descriptive for the page they are on.
- Critical content will be above the fold, although the comic pages are so large they will not always fit without scrolling.
- The styles and colors will be consistent with the branding and color scheme, and any emphases will be used sparingly.
- Any ads will be placed out of the way, on the sides or the bottom of the pages.
- The main copy will be concise, legible, and explanatory.
- URLs will be meaningful and user-friendly to aid users in finding the content they need, and all HTML page titles will be explanatory.