When it came to designing my website, I wasn’t so sure as to what direction I was going to head into. I don’t really take myself too professionally, but when it comes to finding work outside of college, I want employers to look at me as a professional. My mother is a high school guidance counselor, and she has preached to me what employers are looking for. With that in mind, I wanted to implement a subtle design that is easy on the eyes for the viewer, and not too flashy. In order to do this, I decided on an easy-looking border to my page, with the text being engulfed in a white colored container. I used the link provided on the course calendar to point out a background that I think perfectly fits the design I was going for, and I think I did a good job.
I think this design gives my page more of a responsive design, as it focuses mainly on what I want the viewer to see. For example, the top bar of my page focus on links to my about page and my portfolio. I am very proud of my portfolio thus far, and want to showcase that portfolio in the best way possible. I also include a page where the viewer can contact me as best as they can, which is good because I am always looking for feedback and observations about my work. My pictures change size based on the viewing grid, my text does as well, yet I still offer the toolbar for whoever wants to navigate around my site so that everything is accessible to the views.
Based on the finished website, I think it is safe to say that I have come a very long way from my initial sketches. My initial sketch featured no images, featured no toolbar, and didn’t even have a header. It was clear that I had a lot of work ahead of me, so I started to just play around and see what looked good and what didn’t. I always wanted to have my name top and center of the page, because that is the most important piece of the homepage. I also included a little message about who it is I am and what I do, almost like a professional statement regarding myself. The picture that I included shows me at a baseball game, which I think encapsulates me as a sports fan and student of the game in general. I implemented another toolbar at the bottom of my pages so that the people viewing my page can look at my social media and connect with me, and when they have finished looking at my page from the top to the bottom at the bottom, if they liked what they saw, they can follow my social media accounts. In the end, I think it is safe to say that even though I am critical of my work, I am very happy with how far I came. If I could, maybe I would include a little more emotion into it, but I wasn’t really sure how I would go about doing that.
I’ve come a long way. I don’t really know what else there is to say. Coming into this semester I had absolutely no background in terms of coding. To be honest I only was familiar with Wordpress, and even then I thought I knew everything. Looking at when I first came into this class, I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know that I would have to learn how to comprehend coding, how to understand the meticulous nature of coding, and how to properly arrange a webpage to look like a jumbled mess.
Starting out this semester, I didn’t really know if I could consider what I was able to do on my own a failure or a learning process. in fact, I was barely able to get my feet up off the ground without guidance from teachers, textbook, and my peers. As the semester went on, I was able to accomplish more and learn more, and with the more I learned the easier it became for me to put my ideas onto my webpage. However, what I did come to realize is that it was unfair to look at anything I did this semester a failure. If I were to look at how this semester went a failure, I think it would be an unfair measurement as to where I started out and how far I came to this very point right now.
If I could do this semester over again, I would most definitely not hesitate to seek out help the second something wasn’t going my way. When something wasn’t working out such as aligning a section correctly or properly embedding a link onto my page, I would either give up or work myself into an even bigger hole, and that would limit what I was able to do going forward because I would focus on that one problem.
Being that I was able to put this website together in just an introductory class, I think it is safe to say that going forward I realize the work and the attention that needs to be paid when properly coding a page. I understand the proper coding, the improper coding, and how to work around everything in order to display my creativity. The textbook was useful with ideas such as my portfolio, design persona, and how to accomplish both.
If I had to suggest anything to classes going forward taking this class, I would offer a few tips. The first tip would be to be creative. If you think something isn’t going to work or it may not look the way you want, don’t be afraid to try it out first before you condemn that idea. Imagine all the great ideas we have had in the world today, the great designs or websites, and now imagine if somebody said “maybe this won’t work”. The second advice I would give is that you are not alone, so don’t be afraid to seek help. Students wont judge you if you don’t understand anything, just look at the class tweets or blogs. Ask questions, seek advice or help, because that one question you need answered may be all you need to have your visions snowball into your creations.