Week 8 Summary

October 21, 2012 at 10:06 pm (Web Design)

Banner Designs

This week we wrapped up our banner designs and submitted them to the Fall 2012 Banner Contest.  I learned that the animation issue I had last week could be resolved by right-clicking Layer 1 and checking “Share layer to states.”  My animated banner now includes twinkling stars and one shooting star, which draws attention to “MyAACC.”  I considered animating the apple to fall out of the tree and rolling into position, but it would have involved changing the states and timing, which related to the stars.

Stock Photography

Next we read about the various webpages, which provide stock photography:

www.gettyimages.com

www.comstock.com

www.fotosearch.com

http://pro.corbis.com

www.shutterstock.com

www.istockphoto.com

I frequently use www.morguefile.com.

Rights-managed photos: require a license fee for each use

Royalty-free images: can be used continually with only one fee

Poor Web Design

We also read about examples of bad web design:

www.webpagesthatsuck.com (Vincent Flanders)

Worst Navigation

http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/mysterymeatnavigation.html

Worst Overall 2010

http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/worst-websites-of-2010-contenders.html

Usability Issues (Jakob Nielsen)

Top 10 Worst Mistakes

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9605.html

Text Links

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20040510.html

Photos

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/photo-content.html

DigitalJENN Assignment

We completed part I of an assignment working with an imaginary client “DigitalJENN.”  JENN gave us examples of types of stock images she would like for her page and we downloaded preview images from gettyimages.com.

Final Project

We completed a design document for our final projects using a project profiler template, which covers company info, audience, content, functionality and a field trip through websites with similar goals.  Here is a link to my design document and the websites I used as examples:

http://bcts-potomac.aacc.edu/ARTClass1/15/final-project/proj-profiler-jkeeler.doc

http://www.jonduff.com/web/

http://brookehallcreative.com/

http://www.cathyboy.com/

The last site is the most like what I would like to achieve stylewise, but I would definitely improve navigation.

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