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!