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!

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Navigation Map: Group Feedback

For the next part of the midterm preparation we had to present the navigation map that I created for my last post to a group of classmates. The items we discussed were: organization of information, site content, flow and navigation of the site, potential strategies for visual organization, and setting challenging but realistic goals. My classmates thought that my map was well organized, straightforward, and would be easy to navigate. One of the things I thought about was if I needed any external links and after talking it over with my group we thought it wouldn’t be necessary.

I felt the feedback was helpful because it helped me to know that my intention for the site was understood. I wanted my site to be simple so visitors would be able to see everything easily. That was my main focus so I’m glad that came across. Talking about their websites also gave me some things to think about within my own site that I hadn’t thought about. I think that this feedback gave me some good ideas to use going forward with my sketches.

Midterm Preparation Exercise: Navigation Map

As part of our upcoming midterm project in my Desktop Publishing class we had to create a navigation map. This will help me so that I know how many pages I need, what page should connect to what, etc. I decided to focus on making a portfolio website for this project. As a graphic design student I think that this would be a really good chance for me to develop a site that I could potentially use as a gallery for my work. Below is the general setup that I have come up for my website so far! I made this navigation site with a website called Gliffy. I really liked this site and will definitely be using it in the future. I’m also a writing major so this would work great for that as well brainstorming for my artwork. Since this is a step by step kind of project look for more of these coming up soon!

Good website, Bad Website

So for an assignment for my Desktop Publishing class we were supposed to compare websites that we thought were well designed and worked well vs. designs that could use some improvement. I thought about what kind of websites that I frequent on a daily basis and I decided to look at news websites. There are certain website that I go to when I want to find out whats going on in the world and some I tend to avoid. Here are my two favorites and the two I picked that I thought could use a face lift.

The websites I chose that I thought were successful were USA Today and TIME. Not only were they very easy to navigate through I liked all of the visuals that were on the main pages. Instead of words there were a lot of images and photos which I thought was good for the site and the viewer. When I go to a website images are the first thing I see, unless there is a large title or some kind of message. Not only do the images capture my attention but they help me to find what I’m looking for or what is important. Another aspect I really liked is that the websites weren’t very wordy, which I’ll talk about later.

That being said this leads me to the websites I thought could use some help. I didn’t particularly like CNN or The Huffington Post. I really disliked the font used for the main article on The Huffington Post. It reminded me something you see on a scam site, it just didn’t look professional or from a credible news site. The main page also seemed really long for some reason and nothing really popped out at me and made me want to read the articles. There were images, but there were also a lot of words, I kind of didn’t know where to look. I found myself bouncing back and forth, left to right. As for CNN I found that they also had a lot of text. The reason I think that is a problem is because you are depending on your reader to stop and read. I hate to say it but a lot of people aren’t going to start reading an article unless something stands out to them to make them read it. There is also a lot of white space and I didn’t really like that compare to the USA Today which has a much smaller border.

Image Gallery Project

Hey everyone! For our latest project in my desktop publishing class we had to create a multiple page website that functioned as a image gallery. My partner, Marissa, came up with the idea to focus our images around typography. We’re focusing on the subject in another class we have together so we thought it would be a good way to integrate the two classes. We first set up our html documents and then moved on to choosing our images. I really liked this project because it allowed us to use our creative site and personalize our site a little more. I have to say I’m pretty happy how the site turned out. I thought the navigation worked well and was very user friendly. I am also in love with entrance page to our site, I was really happy with how it turned out! As promised, I want to start showing you guys more of what I’m doing so here it is! 🙂

Welcome to HTML!

Hey everyone! We started diving into html this week in my Desktop Publishing class and these are the results from my first attempt. I have worked with html in the past but to say the least, I needed a refresher. At first I felt a little overwhelmed with all of the coding but after awhile I started having fun with it and trying out different things. To say the least I think I found a new addiction. I’m not sure what it is but I really want to play with html more and see what I can do.

I took some screenshots (below) of what I have so far. So basically I have my Index (Home page), Page 1 and Page 2. I also customized my colors to what I wanted, which took my a long time since the possibilities seemed endless. I really liked this exercise and can’t wait to play around with this more! Until next time!