WEBLOG (Total 5,038 words)
Website Report (500 words)
Both I and the Client were happy with the finished website and both shared the view that although the site was very basic, it was very effective and would be used in the near future on the web. I found the feedback and indeed the whole experience of design for a client very challenging because it is very easy to go off on a tangent and produce a site that in your eyes is good but alienates others. Luckily for me however, my entire vision was shared by the music artist that I was designing for so that helped a great deal. There is however a wealth of information still to be learned because once I’m made aware of the dynamic functions of flash, that is when I can really get creative.
With the research of the site, for the project planning I referred to ‘Looking Good in Print’ by C. Rogers, a book that although primarily aimed at desktop publishing projects, was very helpful for project planning and management and also issues around good and bad typography. I also went to foreverbrandy.com and saw the high end very experienced side of what flash can do, then to the website http://www.nathaneast.com/.
The design itself used images and fonts that were in keeping with the Client’s request to create a very urban-like website. I also incorporated my clients 30 music sequence from his new album into the introduction of landing page of the website, which compliment each other very well. In terms of how I can improve the site, I feel that it would help if I had a virtual music control so I could rotate the different songs that my client has produced every thirty seconds. I also feel that the site could have been made better through the addition of a PHp powered message board as they are very aesthetic pleasing to the eye as compared to earlier forum software. The link to create one using tripod web building tools was a dead so I did not have the opportunity to make one.
Designing for a client was a really good experience. Not only is it something that can be put on your CV to increase your chances of getting a really good job, you also learn skills relating to time management and project planning which are transferable between different professions.
18th March log (300 Words)
The site is completed but because the feedback is not in from the client, I couldn’t present my website to the group which was disappointing. I was however very impressed with the ways in which different people’s idea’s translated through the use of Flash. On the whole this module has given us the basic skills to be able to build on our existing knowledge of flash and use creativity to create websites that really stand out. It also has made me look at existing flash websites and analyse how they are put together in order to draw inspiration for my site. Something that I felt was lacking in a lot of the projects were basic typography skills, which in effect let the whole site down. There were also a few issues with the action script that held me back regarding sound repetition and linking scenes which really frustrated me at times. Some of the highlights of the session were the animation based Barbershop website designed by Kieran, and the property site designed by Adrian
Peer Review: Adrian Kerry (Word Count 104)
I liked the site that he designed for his parent’s property business. It was simple, yet effective and I really don’t understand why the blonde American pessimist put forward her comments during his presentation about there not needing for there to be a home button. What she does not realise is that by including the home button as part of the navigation between pages he effective introduced a new demographic in the form of beginners to the internet as the site has excellent usability. My only criticism is the aesthetic of the site; it could have been more innovative and even more corporately designed.
11th March log (Word Count 310)
Eduardo was on holiday this week so I spent the time working on the site. I am having real problems linking the scenes because I have forgotten the action script. It would have been helpful if there was a full guide of how to do the things that we have done in class to date. I know that there were videos made by Eduardo and put onto WebCT however they do not seem to work for me when I am not at Uni. The link makes my computer open Windows Media Player and then does not connect. I also did some more research involving web design books to get some innovative ideas.
S. Spainhour and V. Quercia, Webmaster in a nutshell A Desktop quick reference guide, (1996) O’Reilly
This was a very handy book that caters for individuals like me; people who become procrastinators because the thought of trying to grasp the concepts of difficult designing technique using a dense text book is too overwhelming. You can literally flick through the book to one of the ten sections within it and spend 15 minutes mastering a new technique. The book has been written in plain English, which is another good quality.
One such area that I decided to used as a reference was the section on html. I decided to flick it through and found information that was both concise and relevant information relating to the editing of my website in fine detail using html. One such example was the choice of basic English to describe the definitions of the attributes associated with the hyperlink html tag:
“<a> . . .</a>
Create a hyperlink (href attribute) or fragment identifier
(name attribute) within a document’’
A disadvantage however was the fact that the book had been published in 1996, when the internet was only really beginning to find its feet, however overall the book despite the fact that it can be seen as dated, is a very good resource.
Peer Review: Kieran Donovan (113 words)
I this week, got the opportunity to see some of the student’s work on the project to date. One website which really stood out from the rest was the work by Kieran Donovan on his site for his local Barbershop. I like the fact that he was one of the few students who incorporated animation into their site as it set his work apart from the rest. Throughout the project he has been consistent in getting the work done and in bringing innovation to his work. I also thought that his presentation was very polished. He is on target to get a very good grade in my opinion. He has made excellent progress.