I’m done

I have finished my website. Boy does that feel good to say. I can’t believe this day has come, it just took all semester. But I’m not bitter or anything. Unfortunately there was a hiccup in actually making our sites live so I cannot put a url up, but I will post it as soon as its live.

This process was long and grueling. I am not now, nor have I ever been a graphic designer so making a website from basically scratch was kind of daunting but I think I rose to the challenge. I like the idea that my work can be seen by anyone. Maybe I’ll even get a job out of it… Hahaha. I’m not saying my site is perfect, but I feel from what I originally had I have come a long way. Huge shout out to the people who helped me get here. Again, I’ll post my site when it becomes live, but for now, I’m done.

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Two more pages to go

Well, since last time I have added an About Me page and a Video Work page.

This is getting exciting.

I think so far the video page was, maybe not the hardest, but so far the most complex. I couldn’t just put my video into Dreamweaver, I had to bring it into Premier Pro and export it as a different file type. Then I could bring it into Dreamweaver. Except one of my videos will not play unless it is in full screen. I’ll have to look into that later.

All I have left is my photography page and my Cliff News page. I think Cliff News is going to be the hardest because I have writings, video, and photography that I have to display on one page. I don’t know graphically if I will have the capabilities to do that. I am glad that I found a color scheme I like and can stick to.

So for now I am trudging along, trying not to yell at the computer and enjoy the little victories that come with designing a website.

Here is a sneak peak of my about me site:

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Have a good day!

I have an index page!

I have an index page. Me. I have a page I kind of, sort of like.

I am quite excited that I was able to pull something together. And it was not all that hard. Well, okay. It was difficult. But I must say the use of a template really helped. It gave me something to work off of and had it not been for that, I would have been so very lost in what I wanted.

In this process we had to make thumbnails, but with the amount of times I change my mind, its no wonder my site doesn’t really look like my thumbnails. I am the kind of person who doesn’t really know what I want until I see it. I do have to say my friends and family have been a huge help in all of this. I know they will give me their honest opinion and right now that is something I need.

I won’t show you the site right now as I want to make sure it is fully done before I reveal anything, but this is the pic I use for the header.

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Let me know what you think!

And We’re Off….

I have officially started designing my very own website portfolio!

It is a very exciting time, and I like the way things are going with the template I am working off of. There have been a couple times when I didn’t know what I was doing, but I managed to fix it back to the way it was.

My only hope is I have the creative ability to design a site worthy to show future employers. I can take comfort in the fact that my content is fairly good and I can show my talents that way. In the end I just want to impress the people close to me and show them I can do something with my degrees.

I will have screen grabs next time, for unfortunately I am writing this on my laptop which does not have the software needed.

Until next time…

What it Takes

The process has begun. We have started map siting our own web sites. It is still kind of surreal to me, to think I will have my own website. Something I designed on my own. Before I get any further I have to thank my professor for the help along the way. I have no idea what I am doing and she has been awesome working with me and helping me get things the way I want.

Part of the process is getting everything you want in your site to one folder, making sure it all links together properly. This means I have to go back to some of my old work and hope it is good enough to show the people of the world. What I choose to put on my site will be seen by possible employers, so everything has to be real professional. Which is fine, just a little nerve racking. Like, what if what I say on my page isn’t what they want to hear??

Basically, this is me right now…

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Cute, right? Well, time to get back to work. I have a lot to go through and hope it is up to the standards I need it to be.

Starting to Freak Out

Mid terms. Boy do I really, really not like those words together. Everything is starting to get even more stressful. It also means I need to seriously figure out how I will be designing my own site. And, in all honesty… I have no idea how I’m going to do this. 

But I have half a semester to figure it out and a lot of pics and video to go through in that time. Good thing I kept everything. 

Making a site

With our Dramweaver lessons coming to a close, I have begun to think about what I want my own website to say and how I want to portray that content. I went on a Google search (I mean, what else am I supposed to do?) and I found a site called Think Traffic and an article called 42 Timeless Ideas for Attracting More Visitors to Your Website. And the site had some good ideas. The first thing that is said is about content and making it so people want to know what it is you have to say. You should not be afraid to say what is on your mind, and you need to make people care about what you post. If you are posting content that makes people bored, they are probably not coming back.

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Overall, I agree with what is said on the site. You have to make the site functional, yet pretty. I think this is going to be where I run into troubles. In the mass comm world, the hardest area for me is design. I have no artistic skill and I cannot design to save my life. So if anyone has any suggestions for me on how to make my site not suck, I would be more than appreciative.

KISS

I was looking online for different tips on good web design and I came across a site webdesignerdepot.com which has some great tips on how to make a site look professional, yet not cluttered. 

The main tip that I found useful was KISS or “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” The point is made that simpler designs cost less money and are easier to make. And while that is true, I think there is something to be said about minimalism. So many sites now days are cluttered with ads or just content that we lose the value of the content.

Look at this site.

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That is just way too much on one page. That is bad design. So I think there is definitely some value in the idea of KISS. Plus, for a start up designer such as myself, it is nice to know that you don’t need a lot of flash to make a site presentable.  

“Dream Weaver, I believe we can reach the morning light” ~ Gary Wright

While the title of this post says one thing, the truth is quite the opposite.

There are few things in my life that I would say I am genuinely good at and people believe me, designing is not one of them. Code is not one of my strong suits either. Put two and two together and you get a very frustrated me.

So, I got that going for me, which is nice.

Dreamweaver is by far the hardest Adobe software I have worked on, but I am trying to take it one step at a time.  One thing I have been doing is looking at other websites, trying to get a feel for how they are designed and how I can do those same things in Dreamweaver.

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I mean, look at that picture and tell me this is an easy program. But enough of my complaining, what I’m trying to get across is I am trying my best and if I have any insights or breakthroughs I will be sure to post them on here.

Paramore’s Site

For our first post we had to find a website that was cutting edge and well designed. While I did not find a site like Jim Carrey’s (that was ridiculously cool) I did find a site that caught my attention and is interactive enough. 

Paramore was one of my favorite bands in high school and to this day I still listen to some of their music. http://www.paramore.net is where you will find not only news about the band, but pictures they have uploaded to Instagram, and general band pictures. The fact that there are pictures is great, but that is not what makes the site cool. Its the way the pictures are set up and how they change. 

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The pictures spin like a pinwheel when you hit the arrows on the corner. It is really quite cool. It allows the site to be interactive, and at the same time, be professional. 

I also really like the fonts that are used in the site. It shows the personality of the band, which is really what you are trying to sell, the personality and the image. 

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This is the bottom half of the site. It includes music videos and a store where you can buy t-shirts and such. 

I feel like this site was made in flash simply because of how the pictures move and the fact that it is so easily compatible with the music video.