Blog Post: #5
This class was really something that blew my mind. As much as I love print it was an extremely satisfying feeling to have created these websites using sometimes only lines of code. To create something out of completely nothing.
However it is by no means easy. Especially for me, I generally have to work at things a bit longer to really get them working which fits with my personality and one of the things I would have liked to tell myself is to make sure I make more time do these projects and fix the small things. Make sure the pages validate and are organized and clean. That files are working and where they should be, double check everything. Also to make sure and a lot a good half a day to blog posts the day before they were due. When I first started doing them I didn’t realize how long they would take. But to really be thorough and get something out of them you need time. They are relevant examples and interesting information and will help immensely. They can also help save your grade in dire situations. Do them and do them well.
I also wish going into this that I had started regularly researching good web design and knowing what it looks like and how it functions. When I got into the web design class I sometimes would have a hard time finding good examples and my work would suffer in turn because there were better and more functional ways to solve my problem. You need to be as familiar and regular with your web inspiration as you are your print inspiration and in a lot of the cases the two do not need to be mutually exclusive. Just make sure that it becomes a priority, and it will help you to recognize and know the standards of design that are out there today.
Responsivity was also a huge thing that I wish I would have thought about prior to the semester. It was never really well developed for me except for the final project and it is a huge part of contemporary web design.
As far as resources, make sure that you read the book, it’s a fantastic resource and very easy to understand. Also make sure that you bookmark or write down all of the links and resource websites Blake gives because they save you incredible amounts of time.