Web Design Career

To obtain a job after college in web design I would have to take more web design and computer programming courses. Hopefully from these classes I would learn about flash, apache, python, etc. Other than web design courses, general design classes would be useful too. These courses would train me to organize things visually and in an asthetically pleasing way. I would also become more comfortable with programs like indesign and photoshop. Lastly, by the end of my college career, I would hope that I would be able to work under pressure, independently or in a group setting.

Icon Exercise

From the icon exercise today in class, I realized how easily visual subtleties can be noticed by a viewer. For example, by just changing a specific color, font or design element, an icon could appear reminiscent of another. I was surprised by the extent popular branding and icons are recognized. For example, a group combined the Pepsi logo with the Lions logo. By simply adding a border of red, black and blue to the Lion’s logo, the class was able to guess the company that Lions branding was combined with.

Interactive Map?

Something I want to learn is how to create an interactive map. I would want there to be specific points on the map. When a visitor to the website/map clicks on one of the specific points they will be linked to a different webpage within the specific website. I am unsure how to embed links within an image or jpeg. Would you need to use flash or is there a way to create this feature simply within dreamweaver?

A Successful Website

An ideal website is easy to navigate. It allows the viewer to gain the information or access wanted. In addition, the design should be visually appealing without taking away from the organization and flow of the site. The visual aesthetic should relate to the theme of the site and also suit the visitors to the site. Most importantly, a website should deliver what it promises. For example, if a website makes the claim that it is a secure network, it should be one. If a website aim is to have current weather reports, it should. Even something simple like a broken link can ruin the credibility of a website.

Module Four

I am redesigning the green/earth toned theme of my current blog to be dark blue. I am keeping the subtle striped background of the page but will simplify the overall design. I plan to get rid of the grass images and boxes around the “Lastest Posts” and “Blogroll sections.

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“An audience question”

I wish The New York Times homepage (http://www.nytimes.com/) was a little bit easier to navigate. There is a vast array of links on the site and I have trouble finding what I am looking for. Photos are very small and advertisements have the most color on the page. Boxes organize different sections of homepage but the gray lines are faint and hard to see. Text is small and the navy blue headlines do not jump out enough. These types of things make the site frustrating to locate specific items. A visitor to the website who happened to have attention deficit disorder or poor eyesight would have a very tough time navigating the main page of the site. I would recommend that the photos run a bit larger and that there is less stuff crowded into the main page.

Attentive to Color

A website that doesn’t seem to be carefully attentive to color or to color blind viewers is the Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland (http://www.bronners.com/) homepage. The logo and text use red and green accents for emphasis. From a design standpoint this makes sense because the website revolves around the holiday Christmas and the color scheme is seasonal. However, the colors are bold and seem to give the site an amateur look. The green in the Bronner’s logo doesn’t match the green seen in the body text and the green in a St. Patrick’s Day image. Someone who is colorblind and is unable to distinguish red from green wouldn’t be able to see the accents of the site, though text would still be legible.