Time to get started :) — let's work together to begin your planning for content. At this point, you should be clear about your brief and have begun to consider your site's goal and target group. Before starting on content production, it's best to brainstorm and explore all possible ideas. Mind maps are great tools to capture early ideas and to make note of the various angles and details. At this point, there are no bad ideas ~ only ideas!
The initial idea phase will be followed by a review of the mind map when you'll dismiss the weaker ideas and select the stronger concepts to be developed further. As your site will be for people - get opinions from others as much as you can. This can be us, your teachers, or your fellow students in the classroom. Ask for feedback and let it guide your work.
The best mind and site maps are often sketched on paper - and if you prefer that, please don't let this sway you! If you'd like a digital tool, LucidChart will be worth checking out. Use your academic email to unlock more features.
- confirm your final project brief
Make note of the title of the brief itself + start to think of a new title, one that might become your site's name or tagline.
- create a mind map of possible content
Brainstorm time! Jot down all of your ideas, no matter how far fetched or silly. Best to make notes as some ideas might lead to others.
- review the mind map, ask for feedback
With your own notes in hand, ask around for other people's input. Ideally, this would be your target group - but you can also help each other out, a second opinion is always useful.
- create a draft version of the site map
Review your site map taking on board any feedback, make note of the stronger ideas and aim for a logical approach to the structure of your content, in view of your site's goal.
NOTE: have a look online for inspiration ~ check out these examples by MindMaps Unleashed ↗.
And to give you an example you can relate to ;) - the following mind map and site map, created in LucidChart, are for this very site.