New Semester, New Post

Hi everyone! I was on somewhat of a hiatus this summer which wasn’t necessarily intentional. This blog mostly functions as a kind of school blog but I usually try to make posts even when I’m not in school because I like sharing things with you guys. This summer I was pretty busy, I was working a lot and when I wasn’t working I was trying to enjoy the summer with my leftover time. That being said I really didn’t do much on the artsy side or writing side for that matter either. However, I wasn’t gone, I’ve been trying to go on Twitter more often and try to make a somewhat interesting tweet. By the way if you haven’t followed me on Twitter please feel free to do so @melfranco17 and send me a message or two!

My goals for this semester are to start working on ways to develop my style more and expand my portfolio. At this point I’m not completely worried about my portfolio but I definitely think I need to start focusing on it more. What I had a hard time on during the summer was coming with projects to create. I really wanted to do simple projects so that I could have a couple of small items instead of a larger project since I was low on time. I guess the good thing about school is that time is more balanced and scheduled, at least for me. I’d like to keep doing mini projects along the way not only for fun but so hopefully something will come from them. I’m thinking more like postcards, posters for events, even maybe some promotional-like items, who knows! Also, I promise to have much more interesting posts with pretty pictures soon! Until next time guys!

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InDesign mini project: [in]form

For our latest project we had to use the InDesign skills we learned in class to create document that was informative. We could only use text for this project so it was a bit different from what I normally do. Usually I’ll have text along with some kind of graphic so it was interesting to say the least. My partner came up with the idea to use the Milwaukee Skyline as our focus. We decided that we would fill the outline of the city with different facts about Milwaukee and use scientific facts for objects like the lake and sun. We also liked the idea of having the bottom part of the article be a reflection since it is supposed to be water.  I researched most of the facts while my partner tried to tackle InDesign to create our article. To say the least I learned a lot about Milwaukee that I didn’t know before and I picked up a few InDesign tricks.  Working with this program has really sparked an interest in me and has inspired me to learn more about it. I think our project came out pretty well considering the minor challenges we had with the text!

Milwaukee

My Website! FINALLY!

Hey everyone!

My website is finally all finished and uploaded to the Internet! Yay! The creation of this website has definitely been a long, and sometimes frustrating, journey. As you’ll be able to tell my website has really changed from my initial sketches. One of the major changes was the color scheme and layout of some of the pages. I had originally wanted a slide show on my homepage, but as I progressed in the creation of my site I realized it would probably take up more time than I had to devote to that one element so I decided against it. The color scheme wasn’t really working for me although I liked the combination of silver and purple. It seemed too washed out and didn’t really attract any attention so I re-did that aspect too. Although my website is far from perfect I think it’s pretty good for my first try and I spent a lot of time on it trying to make my vision for the site a reality. Don’t be fooled, it looks pretty now but it took a lot of time to get it that way.

I wanted my site to be really easy to use and navigate through I think I was able to achieve that for the most part. I also wanted this site to reflect my personal style so I included elements to represent that. I kind of touch on this in my artist statement but I like to incorporate nature into my work in someway, hence the rose and leaf-like elements in the site. Purple is my favorite color so I made sure to incorporate that as well. Since I am a writer besides my design work I wanted to give my website a more of a storybook feel. Overall I am very happy with how this website turned out and I’m amazed at how much I was able to get done. I’ve had some Dreamweaver experience in the past but not to this level. By going over what my instructor has been teaching us and taking a look at some tutorials I was able to give life to this site! You can check out my live site at the link below!

Visit my website at: http://artweb.stritch.edu/mmfranco/art450/Homepage/home.html

Website Update!

Hey everyone! I wanted to do a quick update of my website and how it’s looking so far. At this point I’ve been kind of getting everything set up code-wise. I’m still not too comfortable with coding so I want to get the basics down before I jump ahead on to the trickier stuff. I took some screenshots of what I have so far, but what I need to work on its getting everything laid out where I want. If you want to see what my plan for this site is you can check out my later post where I created my site in Illustrator. This is not how I’m going leave this , I just have my containers colored in because I want to work with them and see them. It was a lot easier for me to set things up in Illustrator because I can just click and drag what I want but I’m sure I’ll figure things out in Dreamweaver. Down below are some screenshots of how my site is developing so far. Until next time!

Website Coding

Website Coding

Style Sheet Coding

Style Sheet Coding


iDesign A Website?!?!

Hey everyone! For this week in my Digital Applications class (formerly known as Desktop Publishing) we had to create a mock-up of the website that we are going to create. Let me say that this was totally new experience for me. I had no idea how this would turn out or if it would turn out because frankly I had no idea what the heck I was doing. To say the least I think I did a pretty good job for my first time, it actually looks like a website! I went ahead with designing something that would function as a portfolio for myself.

What I have so far is layout of some of my pages and what I want to include on my website. I feel like these are really the bones and tissue of my website, in some strange, creepy way. I feel like I have quite a bit of white space that I need to work on but other than that I feel like I’m on track with what I want. Next up is maybe adding some kind of background/graphics so that my pages aren’t so plain and underdressed. Below are the Splash page (which I may or may not use, I’m not sure yet), my home page, my about page and my portfolio/gallery. Feedback is highly appreciated! I always appreciate when you guys like or comment my stuff so let me know what you think! Until next time!