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

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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!

Surfing for Inspiration

Hey Everyone! Today’s post is a little different because I’m going to be talking about website rather than an artist or a piece of art. I’m always looking for new sites to find inspiration for my own work and this blog too! I found a great website that gives you a daily dose of inspiration at your fingertips. The website is called The Inspiration Grid and what it does is it display a bunch of photos daily for you to look through.

If you’re looking for something specific you also narrow down your choices and search categories like art. design, illustration, and even fashion. I really like this website because I can easily look through the photos of these pieces and narrow things down to find what I want. I also like how if you click on one of the pieces you get to see the other pieces in the series that the artist has created. From there you can even look at their portfolio or any other links associated with artist(s). I think this website is a great tool if your browsing around the web for inspiration and I think it’s going to really come in hand for this blog! I hope you guys found this useful and if you want to check out the site you can go to http://theinspirationgrid.com .