Websites can serve many purposes. They may support existing customers, give information, or promote products, services, or ideas.
The Website will be judged real-time over the Internet, so it is more than an academic exercise. It is to be a fully functioning site that must have a clear, practical purpose, which it pursues with creativity and skill. Students are free to use any platform, tools, programs, computer languages, other available resources, or their own development tools. Remember, however, there are a variety of browsers that may attempt to access the site.
1. The site must have been developed since the conclusion of the last International Student Convention.
2. No more than two students may participate in the design and development of the site.
3. Site must consist of more than a home page (navigate).
4. Site address must be included on the Judge’s Form.
5. Any Scripture reference listed must be from the King James Version. All subject matter (photos) must meet the A.C.E. dress and appearance guidelines.
Possible project areas (These are not limits.)
Informational - Offer or provide information.
Promotional - Promote a school and/or church.
Service - Offer a service to meet the needs of individuals or groups.
Navigation of Site - The site should be easy to use and navigate. The user should know where he is and have the ability to get to another location in the site with ease.
Creativity - The site will be evaluated for creativity in the areas of uniqueness, content, approach to the material, and the method of engagement.
Logical Connections - The site must be logical and make sense to specific users. What may be logical to one user may leave another totally lost. For example, a site developed for teens would be very different from one for retirees, just as one for travel is very different from one on finance.
Engaging Appearance - The site should be attractive, pleasing, interesting, and beneficial. The time an average user will give a site is a matter of seconds unless it engages the viewer visually and mentally.
Elements (Variety and Appropriateness) - The site should contain enough variety to hold interest while maintaining an overall consistency that reflects the purpose and desired image of the site. It should conform to the Biblical values and overall Convention guidelines regarding appropriateness of subject matter, substance, graphics, etc.
Browser-friendly - The site should be fully functional on multiple browsers and viewable on as many computers as possible. Several browsers are in wide use; however, the older the browser is that can access your site, the less robust the elements are and the more limited the creativity can be.
Graphic Design - The site should follow generally accepted Internet standards regarding presentation. Some of these regard font style, spacing, overlay, and other aspects of the presentation. There are helpful sites on the Web to learn about these items.
Clear - For the site to be effective, the content must be clear in its presentation, navigation, functionality, and purpose.
Appropriate - The content of the site should meet the convention guidelines and standards and be appropriate for its intended purpose. Any Scripture reference listed must be from the King James Version. All subject matter (photos) must meet the A.C.E. dress and appearance guidelines.
Accomplishes Goals - The user should be able to understand and receive benefit from the purpose of the site as intended by the developer. If this doesn’t happen, the user will probably leave quickly and products will not be sold, information will not be imparted, and ideas will not be communicated.
Checklist for Website Design:
1. Three Judge’s Forms (CF32) are required for Regional and International Convention.
2. Creative Composition Affidavit (CF28) attached to entry and properly signed. You will need three copies of the Creative Composition Affidavit form; attach one copy to each Judge’s Form.
HINTS FROM THE JUDGES
Size is not part of the judging criteria! More is not necessarily better. However, there must be some navigation in the site. It is important that a site distinguish itself through quality and value to the user as compared to other sites competing for the same audience. The point values in judging are weighted in favor of the structural organization because that is essential to site functionality and usefulness. Poor content is changeable, but poor design is the death of a site.