The Assignment: For one of my classes, IGME 110: Intro to Interactive Games and Media, I am to design a website. The first step is due Tuesday at 2:00 PM EST, and reads as such:
Start designing the structure for your project website â€¢ Whoâ€™s your target audience? What information would be useful to them? â€¢ What kind of experience do you want to design? â€¢ What content do you intend to include? Before class next Tuesday, upload to the dropbox a brief (1-3 paragraph) description of your initial ideas for the site, and a simple flow chart showing the pages youâ€™d like to include. (This is not a final or binding design; itâ€™s a first step in the process!)
The Catch: The target audience for the website is Elizabeth Lane Lawley, my professor for the course. That's it. A single person. I've done some analysis on her. Beyond her role as a game development professor Lawley is a person heavily involved in gamification efforts, but not the development of any traditional games. Professionally she has a strong interest in social networking and what I would call "the science of fun", and more personally she... well, look at her flickr page.
I'm almost uncomfortable with how much stalking I'm doing here, but Professor Lawley was the person who assigned this activity, so I'm not.
I have brainstormed this for a few hours, and cannot think of what would be a good project. I'd assume that a good topic would be something informational related to game design, yet something that Lawely isn't familiar with, but I should not choose something that will tilt the project more towards research and less towards web development. I could email her (office hours are past the due date), but I don't yet know how to phrase the email, and want to get opinions and ideas before I try.
So I'm rather stumped.