Archive for May, 2010

Week 15 of Web Design

Posted in Web Design on May 10, 2010 by comegitsome

This week my site really came together. In previous weeks I had alot of trouble with my templates. Through the online conference, Prof Schuster was able to help me resolve the issues. So I was able to copy and paste most of my content into the new template pages. I didnt make a whole lot of content changes. I did add the gallery pages although the images in them are just temporary right now. I was FINALLY able to add text over my header image. That had been a real problem for me. Anytime I would add the text it would push my nav down. I didnt know I had to subtract the height of the text from the top position of the navigation. It was a pain in the butt. Other than that my site is almost finished. Just a few tweaks here and there. I would say its about 80% finished right now. With the exception of the gallery pages, I could be using it right now as my portfolio site.

I found that in the group project, we all had pretty much the same problems with the site. Navigation issues, color problems, and indexing. Im looking forward to see how everyone handles the problems. I have a feeling they will also be very similar.

We all chose this site for our field trip file: New York Public Library

The other two I chose out of everyone’s posts were the Pratt Library, which I also chose in the original post, and the Cincinnati Library, which I thought was a good representation of what the NAW site wanted to do.

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Week 14 of Web Design

Posted in Web Design on May 3, 2010 by comegitsome

WOW!

This week was crazy. Alot of headaches. My website is coming together nicely but im hitting a lot of speed bumps. I had to start over because I changed something and it blew apart my layout and I couldn’t figure out the problem. But, for the most part my homepage has come together just as I had originally planned. The portfolio page is getting there but I still have a lot to do. Im trying to make it so that you click the thumbnail and the image pops up over the site while the site is slightly darkened. I have the thumbnails set up but im still working on the other part of it. The resume and contact pages are both pretty much done. The only thing I need to do to them is make them a little more attractive. Right now they feel pretty boring. I might add some more images to them. Im not sure yet.

We also started the case study this week. I enjoyed it. Now that we know a lot about how websites are created, its easy to see what has been done well and what has been done poorly. I may not know how exactly the good things are done or how the bad things can be fixed, but I have a general idea. I chose the Los Angeles Public Library, The New York Public Library, and the Pratt Library to show examples of a good library website. The NAW site has a lot of good things. Their information is organized very well but it’s mostly the design elements that need work. The content is there so its not too bad.

We are getting near the end and I feel like I have learned a lot. The online aspect is making it a little difficult to troubleshoot problems but Im working through it.