Forest Flava: Working on the Website

Since the last workshop with Waltham Forest, we at Bold we have been busy starting to plan the structure of the website.

We spent a few hours working through the information we had gathered from the last session about topics, and themes and grouped them together.

  • Advice – Health/School/Revision etc.
  • Be Heard – Have your voice complaints
  • Who is Forest Flava? – Showcase + Profiles
  • Check this out – Reviews of Music/Films
  • Latest News – What has been happening etc

This information helped us to develop a wire frame, and begin to visualize the site’s structure.

This was Bold’s attempt, now it’s Forest Flava’s turn this week!!

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Forest Flava: Audience and Attributes

We returned to Waltham Forest for our second workshop with the Forest Flava gang!

After a recap of last week, where we had introduced ourselves and gained a general understanding of what it was the Forest Flava guys wanted from their website, we spent this session working hard together to develop particular details about the website, a crucial part of the development process!

The first part of the session we spent establishing who the target audience would be for the site.

To make this interesting, we wore blank t-shirts, to represent the young people and got the group to write on them characteristics of their target audience.

Listing things such as age, hobbies, interest, lifestyle, location etc.

This helps us all to understand who the website is for, and how we make it appeal to them!

Next we got the Post-its out and started to figure out what themes or topics the Forest Flava wanted on the website.

Once we had written down aspects like advice, and profile page, we stuck each Post-it on a flip chart and split off into pairs to brainstorm each theme, adding more detail, like the way the pages should look and the details of what they could contain.

We finished up the session by mapping out the user journey!

After using up a few more post-its to figure out the way we would take the information and create a user journey we got each pair to explain one journey on the i-flip video cameras.

After all that hard work, and a bit of dinner we wrapped up the session, feeling like we had made more important steps in the process of developing a website!!

Back again on Thursday!!

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Forest Flava: First Session!

We ran our first session with the young people at Waltham Forest on Thursday.

Bold Creative are working with the Forest Flava youth group at Waltham Forest! Through a series of workshops we are going to Re-design the Forest Flava website along with The Press Gang!

We all met up on Thursday to figure out how to do this and what we wanted to achieve from the project.

Ben introduced Bold and what we are about and introduced the project to the group. He explained how the project would, as well as producing a website for the gang, instil these young people with further technical skills, and understanding, alongside building their relationship as a team/gang!

Then the Press Gang explained to us what they were all about!

After some vital energizers to get us all pumped up and excited we got on with talking all about the project,

We reviewed the aims and what we wanted to achieve through the website!

Amongst other things, Bold promised to give:

  • Creative Ideas
  • Time and Commitment
  • Fun
  • Training
  • Amazing Website
  • Nice Dinner

The Forest Flava Gang promised:

  • Commitment
  • Energy + enthusiasm
  • Inspiration + creativity
  • Dedication
  • Friendship
  • Team work

We then discussed what we wished for the website to achieve:

Bold established that some things they wanted were:

  • Publicity/Lots of people like the website
  • Impact on Community
  • Website – everybody likes
  • Award winning website – BAFTA
  • 1 million hits on the website

Forest Flava wanted:

  • Learn about design processes + computer software e.g. Photoshop
  • To be motivated
  • Learn about website design and programming
  • Improve sense of team
  • To send a message out to other young people
  • To be proud to be part of something that benefits the community

After we had all made sure we were on the same level, we knew what we all wanted from the website and what we all were going to put in to help us achieve this.

Later, the group then all took some I-flips and split off to do some filming, chatting about what websites they liked, and also their own goals.

They filmed what they were hoping to contribute and gain, from the project, both individually and as a team.

Here one of the young people explains what the Forest Flava project will help her, and the team, achieve.

The whole meeting went really well and we are all really looking forward to working together to get this project off the ground!!

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