Thomas Unthank Designer

Thomas is a visual designer who is interested in the role of the designer in the development and implementation of a content strategy within the framework of a supportive design environment.

This design environment’s would take into account user experience and the user journey as informing the creation of the content and the presentation of the content with a “content management system” framework. The  visual control of the content development is an important part of the overall design and presentation strategy development.

Designer Profile

Thomas Unthank is site designer who has been working as a visual presentation creator since 1955, When I worked as theater setting and lighting designer for productions with Howard University’s ‘Howard Players’.  After a tour of duty in the Army Signal Corp as a Photographer I started in doing graphic design and exhibition design.
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Experience Design

As a visual designer working with a client, I find it very it very important to focus both the visual design and content creation process and its presentation.

It is important for the client to focus early on who is his audiences and what kind of experiences they need to go through as they search and encounter the site locking for answers to solve their current problem or expression.

The site visitor does arrive as a ‘blank slate’ in search of an an answer or experience. As content creators and designers we must present cues and direction that guide the visitor to the information and/or the experience are seeking.

The presentation platform can be different [edit note vary] for each visitor seeking answers in their question or interest.

My visual design and aural design experiences started in with the designing of theater sets, costumes and lighting design to deliver the playwrights and the directors vision to the gathered audience.

The creation of the experience on stage is a multilevel design and communication process across multiple process multiple individuals: The playwright who created the adventure, the producer and directors who engage in envisioning the playwright’s intent, words, and idea across to the audience.

Content Presentation: a model

I am working on creating a concept to allow writers and designers to have more control over the visual presentation of their work. The current content creation model depending on some formating in the editor and depending on the template system to complete the content presentation.

My current exploration is on the creation of content development module that displays the available templates for a post or page and is selectable. When selected it will display the content container areas in the editing system.

I am building on by experience as a graphic designer in the era of ‘hot’ type where the designer in cooperation with the editor and/or publisher decide on the presentation and then markup the copy for the typesetter/compositer to follow on either the linotype machine or pulling ‘metal’ from the type case [drawers containing the type fonts] into the ‘stick’ and when the line was complete or the stick full moving the fonts to the stone for composing.

Content Management: a designer viewpoint

A critical part of site design and development is providing a clear view of the role of content management. I from my designer role I believe that a well developed and supported content management process is important to the initial design and a sites continuing maintenance.