Although it's fun to jumping into the production of Flash project, planning is important when building effective information and instructional experiences.
Begin by focusing on the audience. Ask yourself:
- For whom is your project aimed?
- What are the characteristics of your learners or patrons?
- What are their ages, developmental level, socio-economic status, geographical location, and other demographics?
- What are the learning styles of these people?
- How are they motivated?
- Do these people have specific interests or special needs?
- What technology is available to these people?
Next, consider the purpose of the project. Ask yourself:
- What are the goals and objectives for the project?
- How will you know if you've reached those goals?
Many designers use concept maps and storyboards to visualize the information architecture of their project.
- How will the project be organized and structured?
- What information will be incorporated?
- What audio, video, and visual elements will be included?
- What level of interactivity is necessary to meet the goals of the project?
- What guidance will be provided for users of the project?