RFP Blog Post

This post is meant to make up for the RFP response I missed much earlier in the course. I am to “explain what an RFP for a web design project is and how one might respond to the RFP”… so let’s get to it.

WHAT IS AN RFP?

An RFP (Request for Proposal) is a document made by a company or agency interested in acquiring responses and business proposals for an asset, in this case a website. It is like an auction in many ways in that several people make bids and the highest bidder wins. The company or group who desire a website are often unskilled in regards to developing websites and using web development software, so putting together an RFP allows them to explain exactly what kind of website they want, then determine which response best suits their needs and requirements. An RFP generally includes specific details about the desired website, such as what information it must have, what functions it must need, what colours should be seen, etc. These documents are very organized and formal, since professionalism is part of the business world.

HOW TO RESPOND TO AN RFP

Responding to an RFP properly can be very difficult, which is why you need to take several steps to ensure you are prepared and would be the best choice for the job. Such as:

  • Read the document from beginning to end. This may seem obvious, but some people would just look at the title, skim through, and think they’re all set. You have to read it carefully, understanding exactly what the client is looking for. Take notes along the way to remember important points. This takes priority over everything else!
  • Reread the document periodically throughout the process for anything you might have missed or overlooked. Understanding what they are saying is KEY!
  • Make sure you are qualified and have expertise in the required field. Just because you’ve done something kinda similiar to this before, doesn’t mean you are the best for it. If you don’t think you’re up for the job, then don’t respond and find something else. There’s nothing wrong with admitting what you can and cannot do. Keep in mind, though, you need to be able to prove you are capable. Recommendations, awards, quotes from the press, all of these help to certify you.
  • Know your weaknesses and mitigate them. When reading the RFP, compare the bare essentials with the optional things. If you aren’t skilled in the optional areas, they won’t be a hindrance to you. Don’t claim to have expertise where you don’t, always be honest with yourself and carry yourself with integrity.
  • Determine the key team members. You can add people later, but determine the people who are absolutely necessary for this project. You’ll need a team leader, and don’t assume that automatically means you should be the one in charge. Of course you’ll be the one managing the submission, but someone has to be engaged with the team, be strategic thinking, and have a final say in what the final product is. If you can’t do that, find someone who can.
  • Research, research, research! Understand the information presented, but get to know the clients well. What are their policies? What do you know about the people running things? Why are they looking for a proposal at this time? Know who you would be working for, this will help you immensely.
  • Develop a strategy. Everyone plans differently, so I can’t say how exactly to do things, but have a consistent plan that all your team members follow and understand!
  • Pricing. I don’t know a thing about economics, but understand what the clients seek when it comes to pricing. Are they looking for bundles, fixed fees, etc? Money is difficult to handle wherever you go, so make sure you understand costs in regards to the project.
  • Write and format well. Treat your written response like any other written work. Go through drafts, read it, edit, revise, read again, edit again, revise again. Keep improving on what you have until it is the best you can make it.
  • Always remember deadlines!
  • Once you think it is finished, look through it one more time to see if there’s anything you can refine to make it just a little better than it already is.

If you follow these steps, the chances of you being hired increase exponentially! (I would hope.) Understanding how the business world works will get you where you want to go much more easily.

I’m not sure how to end this, so imagine you’re reading something witty.

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DSGN 106 – Design Controls

These controls are not very aesthetically pleasing, but it gives a general idea. That should be good enough, I think!

Number of pictures a camera can take:

d1

 

Control the resolution of an image:

d2

 

Control a laser guns power level:

d3

 

Select numerical values:

d4

Creative Writing Blog Post 2

Why do writers write? What inspires them? Why do I want to write? What do I like about creative writing? Damn, you ask a lot of questions.

A lot of creative writers are compelled to write. It’s just something they were drawn to. We all have stories to tell, some of us more than others. They have to convey these thoughts in some form, and for some, fiction is the best way.

For me, I was always drawn to stories, mainly fantasy-esque or very creative in some way. I used to draw stick figure comics that were really stupid, but they fuelled my passion for the whole storytelling process. Once I knew what I wanted to do, for a while, I was unsure of what medium I wanted to tell my stories. Film, television, books, video games… all appealed to me. In time, I settled on books, but I figured I would like to try working in other mediums, like television (I’m working on a show right now), film (I’ve had a few ideas for films) or games (I’ve had plenty of ideas for those).

What do I like about creative writing? Life is precious, as we all know (or should). We only have one life (as far as we know.) Experiencing creative stories allows us to live so many lives, those who avoid such things only live one (as far as we know). That, to me, is what creative stories are for. For broadening the spectrum of what we see to something we can only dream of experiencing.

Creative Writing Blog Post 1

I’m supposed to list sources that writers draw on for fiction, but there are so many things that can inspire someone to write, I’m just going to name a few.

-Your personal life and upbringing are huge factors on a person, regardless of whether they are a writer or not, and writers nearly always put pieces of themselves into their work. Personal experiences may inspire people to tell a story, whether it be about love, loss, or anything personal in nature.

-History is a big influence, as many historical events are worthy of study, wondering why it happened, how it happened, and certain authors (like Guy Gavriel Kay) write their fiction with a huge historic basis.

For a writer to become a “maker of artifice,” so to speak, they need to choose the words describing their story carefully. Two authors can write about the exact same thing, but one can be dull and boring to read and the other very pleasant and nice to read. It is this reason that writing takes a lot of time (and why certain fantasy authors take a while between books, to you GRRM naysayers). Studying language and words in greater depth would help a writer weave their words well, so they don’t repeat the letter ‘W’ so often.

In terms of possible sources for ME to use for creative writing, I’m inspired by whatever hits me at a given time. I’ll be playing a game, or looking at a picture, and I’ll get the idea in my head. Writers are unique in how they are inspired, and for me, I guess whatever works for me works.

DSGN 106 – Assignment 5.1

I am reviewing the interactivity of the website for the National Film Board of Canada. Click the link. Go on. I dare you.

The website looks very clean and presentable. The interaction levels are good, with drop down menus (which should load a little faster) and a scrolling thingy that lets you view new and interesting things (I don’t know the name of those things, they’re like a slideshow, you’ll know it when you see it.) Buttons are simple, but straight to the point. It says that the website is accessible to the disabled (blind, deaf, etc.), but I don’t see any indication of how that would be implemented.

DSGN106 4.2

As a student, what tasks would you like to perform electronically?

I would like to be able to submit practically every assignment in some electronic form, even just as an alternative when handing in a physical copy is not possible.

What do you need to be able to do electronically?

I need to be able to create images, post information, browse assignment info, etc. The whole class revolves around the use of electronic devices.

What would you like to be able to do electronically?

This question is a repeat of the first one, technically. If you mean in general life, Star Trek style beaming would be nice to help get around, but only if it’s safe.

What information would you like available to you digitally?

Assignment information, important dates (due dates), assignment sheets, useful links, etc.

DSGN106 – 4.1

I’m supposed to compare Facebook on the web with the Facebook app.

Using Facebook on the web means you have a lot more options involved in the interface. Browsing is easier as the search function is at top and easy to use, while the navigation bars on the side make it easy to get around. You can play browser games as well with ease. If you want to browse other people and look at their messages and updates for 5+ minutes, sitting in front of a computer is the best option.

Facebook on a phone or tablet is, I think, works best when you don’t have a regular computer around. If you’re on the go, or want to upload a photo really quick, using the app is very handy. I would say other than that, it doesn’t work as well for browsing walls of other people and such, only for posting quick messages. Quick is the best word I can think of for the Facebook app.