Web development for architects

Do architects have to learn web development? 
Let me try to answer this question in a way that directed me to explore the area of web development. You can share your opinion if you don't agree with me.
Now, let's discuss on it.
Why? What & How? Let's keep this in mind before we start.
The big Y.
Firstly - why to learn web development?
Web development - The subject is definitely inclined towards IT, Information Systems and Computer Science. Learning web development helps an architect to design his/her own architectural web portfolio independently and also know about the most advanced areas of web development that the architect can implement while creating the website design brief. I won't say that every architect should learn web design or development. But, when we look into the phases of design process involved in web development, there are specific areas related to design, especially the wireframing phase, which an architect can easily learn. While communicating with frontend developers of your website UI, it can easily help in translating your ideas. I won't suggest learning the backend technologies because it's bit complicated but an architect can know about the functional side of it.
At an inceptive stage of an architectural firm, a designer may not be able to afford the deployment of professional website as the cost involved in development and services are too high, especially, for website services and maintenance. This is what led me to learn about website development and blogging. And, many  other reasons too. Anyway, let's not talk about that because you would have visited this blog to know about web development. I'll share here few steps involved in web designing. Very soon, I'll update the blog with a presentation on the same.
Basically, we need to know about the overall process involved in the website development.
1. Detailed Specification (Brief)
2. ‎Wireframing and Structure
3. Look and Feel
4. Development
5. Testing
6. Launching
7. ‎Maintanence
Almost similar to the design process involved in architectural design. Ryt! But with little changes.
Wireframing and structure is almost like 'concept development' which an architect can easily learn. I'll share here few sketches used in wireframing. You can also relate this to the term 'diagramming' used in the analysis sketches for making design decisions but with different needs and applications.
The next big questions is..
What?
What are the needs?
• ‎What should be the UI design?
• ‎What is the structure of website?
• ‎What is the content?
• ‎What should be the user flow?
Getting the answer for this is time consuming and its one of most critical stage for the designer. and by this time you'd be exhausted with no more watts. So let's end with what and shift to how? Now you can relax and see how the website functions and the improvements to be made for which, oftentimes, a feedback processes will be carried out.
How?
• How to make iterations?
• ‎How is the website functioning?
• ‎How the site works?
• ‎How is the UI?
• ‎How to test?
‎and finally,
• ‎How to improve?
Key points to remember during the whole process.
• Needs
• ‎Goals
• Plan
• ‎Content
• ‎Structure
• ‎UI Design
• ‎User flow
• ‎Performance Indicators
• ‎Front End - UI
• ‎Back End - Servers
Thanks for visiting our blog. Hope this helped.

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