Important Questions and Considerations
Created by Christian Howard-Sukhil, May 2019
- What is the purpose or goal of your project?
- What experience are you trying to convey?
- What information are you trying to convey?
- What are your expected learning outcomes (for both yourself and your audience)?
- Who is your primary audience?
- Do you have additional secondary audiences? (i.e., peers, professors, potential employers, donors and funding agencies, etc.)
- Do these various audiences come with different levels of knowledge about your project and goals?
- How can you best speak to each kind of audience?
- What is the most important information or takeaway that you want your audience to get?
Research and Data
- What kind of research do you need to conduct for your project?
- How have you gathered/collected your data?
- How have you curated your data?
- What assumptions does your data make?
- What biases are inherent in your data?
- (How) Will you make your methods and data available to the public?
- What design elements do you need to incorporate? (i.e., text, images, project portfolio, etc.)
- What technological platform could best help you display your information? (i.e., static website, dynamic website, app, 3D model, podcast, etc.)
- If you want to create a website, what kind? (i.e., blog, database, annotated text, etc.)
- What is your short-term outcome?
- What is your long-term outcome?
- What is your budget?
- What equipment do you need to purchase?
- What resources (equipment, personnel, etc.) can you use that are already available to you or to your community?
- When is the project finished?
- Can you split the project into distinct parts or phases? How many?
- At what point is each part of phase complete?
- How often will you update the project?
- Do you want to update the file formats when new technologies become available?
- At what point do you “expire” or stop working on and updating the project?
- What time limitations do you have?
- How long will it take to brainstorm the project?
- How long will it take to learn the technology?
- How long will it take to implement the project?
- How long will it take to conduct user testing?
- How long will it take to revise the project?
- If you split the project into distinct parts or phases, how long will each of these steps take for each phase?
*Tip: Create a timeline that includes brainstorming, training, implementation, testing, and revision for each expected phase of your project
Access & Accessibility
- Will your project be open access, or will it be limited to a select group of people?
- If limited, to whom will it be available? Will you charge a fee for access or services?
- How can the project be adapted for people with disabilities?
- Will the project incorporate audio elements (for text), captions (for videos), and/or descriptions (for images)?
- How will you store the project?
- What file format(s) will you use?
- How much space on your computer/server does the project take up?
- Do you need to explore external hosting for your project?