Design Principles/Concepts

http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/9-essential-principles-for-good-web-design–psd-56

http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/10-design-concepts-web-developers-need-know-11135255

In comparison to the article’s information on good design and my portfolio website, there are some parallels between the two. They mentioned that a good design draws and guides the eye around the page, which I feel that my site does just that. One of the first things you see is the image that I’ve selected which is attention getting. And second, you see my logo in the top center of the navigation, which is also well organized so that it is not difficult to navigate from page to page. These features already give an impression on what my style is and what the viewer will anticipate. They also mention that spacing is a vital key for a well functioning website. My site is spaced out enough that the viewer is able to comfortably read through my stuff without too much difficulty, but it is also not too cramped that the viewer is overwhelmed with information. Also with my type choices, I have given the reader’s eye a sense of easy when skimming through my information.

In the design concepts article, they bring up the topic of design is more that just visual, which I completely agree. There should be a certain feeling when you look at a logo or an image of a company. That lasting impression is key for getting people to come back to you. I feel like, which my site, it has a simple yet distinct feeling which comes across to the viewer. It is not over the top, which I am not, and the viewer sees that professionalism in not only my website but in the work I’ve done. Overall, I feel like my portfolio website is on the right track to becoming a well-designed and functionally sound piece of work.

Inspirational Websites and Blogs

Here are a few websites that I find to be well designed and user friendly:

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Portfolio Sites

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Our second project is underway in which we are to create a portfolio website to showcase some our of best works to date.  Even though this is our first, and most like not our last, project like this, I really want to delve into this website and produce the best portfolio site that I can. I feel like the sooner I can get my name and work out there, the better chance I have at being a successful designer even if I still have much to learn.  For my target audience, since I would like to work for an ad agency or multimedia firm, my site will be geared toward that genre.  I want a business to be able to easily see my work without having to navigate through a maze of clutter. For my design I would like my site to be simplified down to its basic necessities for functionality all while still maintaining a clear and strong design element.  I would like to keep color to an minimum so it does not take away from my work which is the main element of the website.  I’ve already laid out an idea in my mind, I just hope it is able to stay in its consistent from design all the way to the developmental stage.

Website Reconstruction

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For our 1st project, we were to take a local business with a working website, and redesign it.  I decided to do Wasabi Steakhouse because I felt like their website did not give the pictures that they had on there the justice that it deserved.  I wanted to showcase their photography and let that alone speak for their restaurant as a whole.  And while I felt like my design was simple and was straight to the point, the actual development of the website was a bit more tedious than I thought it would be.  Even though I’ve been following each homework assignment with no problem, it was still difficult for me to build this site from scratch on my own. Things didn’t line up as easily as I thought they would, and it did get a bit frustrating when I couldn’t figure out a problem.  However, I was able to finish it, and even though it still needs more tweaks done, I feel like the overall result was achieved.

Portfolio Sites: Skadi

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Skadi

Skadi

Ok so the other day I was going through some portfolio websites that have been awarded for creativity and design at the beginning of this year, and I came across a designer that goes by the name Skadi.  What first drew me to his website was the pure simplicity of the title. It just had the word “vision” as the main focus with a darkened image behind it of people working/collaborating.  It wasn’t until I clicked on his link that I really saw how amazing his website was.  Not only did he have three completely different home pages to choose from, all of which were nicely done, but his portfolio was absolutely stunning.  Even without his well executed web design, his work alone blew me away.  There was a particular piece that stuck out to me that he called “In The Forest” which was a series of landscape photos.  There was more to the series than just that the photos were gorgeous (which they were!), but what intrigued me was the locations of these shots.  Some were places out of the ordinary where you would have to hike to find them whereas others were common locations like a farm or a winding road.  It just amazed me because whether it was a normal location or a unique place, he added elements to each shot that made them look better than life.  Almost like each place was magical in its own way.  Needless to say I explored his website for quite some time and I will be going to his page anytime I need a little boost of inspiration 🙂

Networking

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So I was browsing through some of the blogs our class has been posting and I came across Joe Malacky‘s blog about changing the color of your search bar.  I didn’t even know you could do that!! I thought this was a really simple yet cool little effect that you can use to personalize your browser.  After checking out the site, it make me wonder what else can be done to a browser or any part of the internet that would make it a more fun to look at. I have yet to try it but I’m sure if I do, my search bar will definitely be purple!

Change Scroll/Search Bar

Shared Link: 1st Web Designer

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1st Web Designer

1st Web Designer

Ok so being a complete beginner at coding/designing a website, I thought it helpful to go and find some sites that give helpful tips to jazzing up your creations.  One site that I found was 1st Web Designer which had all of these tutorials on how to add cool text effects to your webpage. Some were a little out there but a lot of them would definitely add interest to your design. Check them out!

 

Shared Link: Reddit

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I’ve decided to shared a site that was kind of a no brainer for me because I’m on this site all the time anyway.  It’s called Reddit and at this social news site you can read what’s new and trending online and vote on links that you like or dislike, which determines what would be considered popular.  They have everything from news stories to just something that would make you laugh if you having a bad day. Have a blog or site of your own? You can submit your posts to Reddit and see how many votes you get. Enjoy 🙂

 

Week 2: History of the Internet

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“History of the Internet” is a short documentary covering the creation and existence of the modern internet that we know of today.  Before watching this documentary, I had a vague idea of how and why we needed the internet, but I was not aware that there were multiple concepts of different networks which was the overall foundation.  I thought that given the time span, they covered a lot of the basic information and executed it well with the help of animation to keep the viewer’s attention.  While this documentary still left me with some questions, I feel like I would’ve been completely lost had it not been for the animation.