Fact Finding

Next, it’s time to do a bit of research. This might sound like a lot of work, but the truth is you can often do the research suggested here in a couple of hours. It is almost always time well spent.

Looking at Similar Sites

Spend some time searching the Internet for sites that are similar to your project. Even if you can’t find a Web site that does the exact same thing as the application you’re building, at least try to find a few sites that are in the same conceptual space or that have pages that present the same type of information that your application will present.

For example, say one of your pages is going to be an “Advanced Search” page and another will present data in rows and columns. Find the best examples you can of ...

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