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
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!
Style Sheet Coding
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!
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.
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!