Week 6 Summary

October 8, 2012 at 12:16 am (Web Design)

This week we primarily focused on our MyAACC banner projects.  We made adjustments to last week’s rough designs, which responded to critiques by our professor and peers.  I was finally able to develop a reasonable apple by opening a new larger file and using the white selection arrow to edit individual points of a vector ellipse.  I added depth using a combination of gradient fill and hand drawn accents with the vector path tool.  Our lecture consisted of a tutorial on creating a tiling background image to lay underneath our main banners.

Lecture Video

After creating this addition to our projects, we also designed a smaller simplified banner for section headings.

These were really quick and fun to create by editing the existing elements in our main banners to accommodate the smaller size.  I really like the balance between positive and negative space, the apple going off the page and the “Calendar” heading offset by the stars and sky.

We also watched a series of lynda.com tutorials involving Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Fireworks, which improved our skills required for this project.  In the FW section on styles, the instructor mentioned a site for importing styles into Fireworks: http://www.fireworkszone.com/styles.html.

The whole project, thus far, shows pretty well, but the tiling background still needs some tweaking to appear completely smooth.

Next, we were given the requirements for our final projects.  We are to create an entire webpage for an existing business or non-profit or a portfolio webpage for ourselves.  I was asked by a friend recently to redesign the webpage for his professional beat music company and I’m definitely interested in working on it, but it would primarily involve embedding a lot of music files and I think I would like some more experience with all of this new technology before jumping into someone else’s project.  I’m definitely leaning toward a digital portfolio for my various art experiments.  I already have digital media for most of my visual art and film projects and it wouldn’t be difficult to photograph more.  I think the perfect site to represent my artistic ramblings would somehow find a balance between richly eclectic elements and design simplicity.



  1. Jenn said,

    A portfolio sounds like the way to go – working on a media-heavy site might be a good project for Web Design 2 🙂

    Note: morgue file deadline extended until Weds 10/17!

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