After now having completed the final page of my website, I shall now give my full view on haw I feel about this project result.
(link to site: http://lukejpascoe97.wix.com/portfolio)
I have really enjoyed how professional you can make a site using something like Wix, as I (personally) believe that I have created a decent looking site that can possibly use later on in life for my work and/or my career. I really like the use of colors that I gave to the piece, as I believe that the use of bright friendly colors is very appealing towards the site and gives the pages a very comforting tone.
The use of animated backgrounds was also a very interesting and unique feature that I had yet to see or even think about when originally planning/researching how my site would be, and the use of that animation being a person doing illustration simply promotes my personal specialty within the site (as I see my strongest and most favored art skill as being illustration).
I am honestly a bit unsure on whether or not my uses of animations within the site are in any way necessary for its design or function, and I am a bit concerned on whether or not the animations (despite not causing any issues on the computer systems that I have been using (so far)) may cause the computers of users to lag or slow down upon entering the site. I feel as if this potential problem may be a bit hypocritical of me as I mention before that would try to be cautious of potential lag problems. I may have to change these features should I receive any notice from users that they are experiencing speed problems.
I found the feature of a contacts option built into the footer as a very interesting feature that I do not believe I have seen on any of the previously reviewed sites during this project, and how its presence saved me the trouble of having to create an entire page (possibly even one that would have the empty-space syndrome I have mentioned before) just for an email option.
Overall I have found this to be a successful project, as I believe that I have reached the goal of creating a functional website that will help greatly within the future as a personal work platform for displaying and promoting my work to businesses and other people alike. While I know that there may be things that may need more focus and work to complete, I feel that there is plenty enough in order to be a functional website personally for me.
Today I have finished creating the page which will serve as my personal bios/artist info for the website.
I was inspired to create an “about me” page after seeing how many of the sites I reviewed previously had a page dedicated to telling viewers about themselves and giving an explanation of what they do or specialize in. I also noticed how annoying it was when I found the sites that did not have an “about us” page (or an bios page that contained no information about their specialty), as it left me in the dark a fair bit about what exactly they did within the design industry.
So, I decided to create an about us page for the sake of giving users the ability to understand who I am, as well as what I believe I can help them with for their business.
The Page contains only just a few paragraphs of text with information about me and my skills, with an image of what will be my photo. I have only done a few smaller paragraphs for the bios as I believe that while it is important to have a bit of information about yourself, too much information may make you look awkward and full of yourself or discourage users from reading the whole page. A few detailed (small) paragraphs will probably be enough to tell anyone what you do without much trouble.
After completing this page however, I noticed something that I had not seen before, or at least, not for a while. I noticed that I had been unknowingly avoiding the most annoy issue that I found back when doing my website research, the amount of empty space on each page. Thanks to the combination of the contacts footer bellow and the easy ability to re-size the page itself to fit with the headers and footers, I had been preventing the annoying trope of unused/unnecessary space located around the page, something that I had seen a fair bit of during my research. Because of this, I am even more glad to have chosen Wix.com as my site creator for this project.
The third page that I have created for my website is the blog page.
However, unlike the previous pages which were linked together within the new website, the blog has been made separately from the site, and has instead been redirected to this blog located within WordPress. I have done this by simply making the blog page become classed as a “link” rather than an ordinary page or sub-page when I was creating the page at first.
I originally planned on actually using the ready made blogs on the Wix library much like I did with the gallery designs, however, after thinking about how difficult it would be to manage both the website blog and my main WordPress blog at the same time, I decided to drop the idea of having a blog page completely, until I found out about the page links.
Do to there being no physical page to talk about, I will just simply say how happy I am to have used the page link feature, as it now means I can have a functional blog on my site for viewers to read, while not having the complexity of managing two on separate sites.
Today I have finished completing the layout of the Main gallery, where the main majority (or all work in general) will be located within my site. The gallery page will serve as the main storage/archive of all of my past works during this course up until now.
Since the overall design theme of the website has been carried around to all other pages of the website, I did not need to worry too much about doing any major designing on the gallery page, so I could focus solely on the creation of the layout itself.
Oddly enough however, Wix.com already had a large variety of gallery layouts for images within it’s asset library, each with their own styles and layouts, meaning that creating a gallery page was a lot more easier than I first thought.
I decided to use one of the more basic layouts (simple boxed thumbnails) as I want a neat and tidy layout for my gallery, and the various other layouts and designs (despite all being very interesting and good looking) did not fit well with the general style and size of the website pages.
Along with the main gallery for all of my past designs within the course, I also decided to included a selection of other sub pages to go along side the main page, with each one containing an enlarged version of each image which will/may have some text under it to give an explanation on what it is as well as some of personal thoughts on each piece. These pages will basically serve as annotations for all of my major works that I have chosen to display. (note: I may decide to remove these pages (or just the text) within the future as I am still a little unsure on whether their presence is necessary for the website).
I am quite happy of how the gallery page(s) have turned out in the end as they neatly display my designs in an orderly fashion. I am still a bit surprised at the option of creating galleries from nothing, but I am happy for the option being there as it has help save a lot of time trying to create one (or several) from scratch.
Today, I have begun and finished creating the home/main page of my website, which will act as the hub page of the site, containing all of my most recent works at this current time within the project. Here I will talk about the page I created as well as how and why I choose to design the home the way it is.
Being the most obvious page needed within my site, as practically every site in the world (not just the sites I reviewed) has some form of home/main page that serves as a main hub for their website, I created the home page with the intent to make a functional core of the website. The page will contain all (many) major and/or minor links that will branch out across my website (and possibly onto other websites as well).
Most of the work that I did when creating my website was mostly done from pure improvisation due to my lack of experience within Wix.com, meaning a lot of the layout work and design choices were made from finding them from the web designer itself, where I chose to use certain aspects based on whether or not I liked the look of them and wanted them on my website. I feel like (despite what many would think) that this method of choosing the design right on-the-spot would be much more easier than trying plan the design of the layout prior to the work, only to be disappointed if I couldn’t do various things I had hope for.
Staying with my idea of creating a personal, fox-themed design, I made the color-scheme of the site a mixture of oranges, whites and blacks (black instead of the realistic brown as the use of a murky brown would probably look not so nice on such a brightly colored screen compared to the more solid black). I kept many of the default layouts of the page the same due to them actually being place or designing in ways that I found particularly useful to the sort of design aspects I would expect from a designers sight (such as the immediate ability to contact the designer on any page).
Today I have finished creating what I have decided to be the logo for my website.
After looking at a fair few of the sites that I have previously reviewed, I noticed that several of them had placed some sort logo/insignia on their pages (notably the header (so that it is on every page on the site)) in order to represent their work/company/etc.. Looking at this, I realized that I would/may need to do some sort of design that would appear at least somewhat recognizable towards viewers, as having something recognizable on the site to represent me and my work could be potentially life-saving towards my career as a designer.
So I have decided to create a functional logo that (with a little luck) may appear at least somewhat recognizable by viewers, which may help boost the chances of people recognizing my work out of the site.
Keeping with the theme of the website design, I began designing the logo with a fox motif, as I still want to make a design that is personal towards me (as a designer). The original idea of the design was to create a custom header for the site which would either contain a pattern with the logo on it, however, after a few complications on trying to create the design and measurements, I decided to drop the use of a custom header and solely focus on trying to create a logo.
Using some online photos as inspiration/reference for the possession and pose of the fox, my initial plan was to create a more stylized version of a real fox by using illustrator to make a more simplistic/sharper design over a photo. I quickly dropped the idea though as I found that it was a bit difficult to create it in that method and moved onto just creating a more unique style.
I attempted to created a new version of the logo by making a foxes head out of my initials (LP), but this soon turned into creating a body for the head which would contain the word design. However, upon showing the designer to other people, they said that while the main design of the fox was okay (minus the use of the word “design”), the head was not very easy to notice as my initials. So after being given that response, I removed the “design” text from the fox and placed it bellow the main design in bold Arial type. I also placed my initials next to the type in slightly tweaked style that makes the letters seem a bit more readable.
I am very happy with the overall design of the logo as I have been told by others that the design is very good, and hopefully a recognizable symbol of my work. The logo itself also helps a little to show off my skills as a design right-off-the-bat. I feel like I should maybe change the swirl located in the center of the fox, but it isn’t much of issue I believe needs to worried about at this current time.
Looking at many of the design site all the way back from my initial research, I noticed that many of them had some form of design theme occurring. This ranged from some having more photo oriented designs, to some having almost classical/fancy styles. This theme will often have strong correlation with the design style or projects the company/designer aim most of their work towards (e.g. the classical designed site is aimed towards old museum/galleries and thus has a matching art style on the site).
Since this website will represent me and my work as a graphics designer, I wish to make its design personal towards me, as I wish to add a bit of my personality to the design rather than just create an ordinary/boring/unrelated site design.
Thinking to myself about what I found personal and generally enjoy as a design concept, I couldn’t get the idea of “foxes” out of my mind (as foxes are my favorite animal and I often do designs in my spare time that related to foxes). At this point, I have decided that I would use foxes as my current theme for the website, as I believe that having a theme based around something that I really like may make my site just a little more open to my viewers.
After thinking for a little about any other forms of digital media that I may come across during my work, I realized a very big one that I have been failing to talk about for a fair bit, the Adobe programs.
(1) Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American transnational computer software company. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California, United States. Adobe has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products, with a more-recent foray towards rich Internet application software development. It is best known for Photoshop, an image editing software. Adobe Reader, the Portable Document Format (PDF) and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as its successor Adobe Creative Cloud.
Adobe was founded in February 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke, who established the company after leaving Xerox PARC in order to develop and sell the PostScript page description language. In 1985, Apple Computer licensed PostScript for use in its LaserWriter printers, which helped spark the desktop publishing revolution.
Adobe has been a collection of powerful design software that I have personally used for years, gaining a lot experience in its functions and capabilities with practice alone. I have found the uses of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as possibly the most helpful in my work as a designer. Being my most preferred design program, Illustrator has a wide variety of design capabilities, allowing users to use basic tools to either create simplistic or even complex and detailed pieces of workmanship on a computer.
While I have not used it nearly as much as Illustrator, I have used Photoshop enough times to know that it is an excellent for or photo editing software that gives you a large supply of editing options, including filters, blurs and textures.
While a bit of a stretch to what might be considered digital media, printers are a well used form of media within the design industry.
2D printers can be used for a fairly large amount of things within the design industry, mostly depending on what task at hand is. Whether it is printing out a portfolio, or simply printing out a physical copy of your work for an employer to hold on to, printers are mainly used just to obtain any physical copies of work. Printer may likely be used most by anyone within the photography part of design, as many photographers may print their work on an almost daily basis.
However, with the constant rise in digital storing capability online, many people are printing less physical work, as they can easily keep their work on a digital format and pass it round using email, or even create their portfolios online, allowing anyone to view it.
3D Printers however, are probably as commonly used as they have ever been (if not slightly more, due to how useful for various types of physical design compared to 2D printers. A 3D printer refers to various processes used to form a three-dimensional object through the use of digital programming and code. The printer uses a digital blueprint created online to gradually construct an object or device by layering thin lines of material (with plastic being a common source I have seen) over each other continuously until the material forms a three dimensional object inside of itself. The larger or more complex the object being created, the longer the formation process.
This form of digital printing often used to create physical pieces of design either quickly or efficiently. The objects printed may often be used by product designers in order to create prototype replicas of the designs to show their employers or to see if the design functions correctly in real life.
I highly doubt that I myself will ever find a situation of using a 3D printer within my work any time soon, but the use of 2D printing has always been something that I have used greatly for forming physical copies of work, namely for making my portfolios.