Lincoln Park UMC Mission Trip June '09

Lincoln Park UMC Mission Trip June '09
Dylan helping at a childcare center

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Last post for Web Design Class
I actually think I learned a few valuable things to take with me on personal and professional projects in the future. I'm much more comfortable using photo shop and plan to keep working with the software to sharpen and improve my skills. This is such a reversal from the frustrating week when the graphics lab was due. Designing the websites using two different software was also enlightening, at first I thought why learn the more difficult version (frontpage of course). I chose to create the second website with webnode. Webnode was pretty easy to use ie: pages where already set up, there were widgets and options like polls and surveys that were templates that were so easy to use - plus it helped me visualize the page and make it more interesting and creative then the storyboard I originally started working with. When using Frontpage you were not able to create polls and surveys. Although I must say Frontpage was easier to use when it came to tables. It took me a few trys to figure out how to set up a table for the order page of my website. And when I did finally get the table inserted I couldn't change the color - so I kind of settled for what the colors/format of the table that was available. I prefer the webnode website, it has a few more interesting elements and it was easier to create. The frontpage site seems stiff having used a template that I did not really like, but I couldn't find one I did like and I was not sure I could create something in the time we had to work on the site in Frontpage in class. I enjoyed the class and wish we had more than just 7 weeks of Web Design.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Thoughts on Assignments for week 5

My website is based on a project we need to complete in our Marketing course. We were divided into groups and told that we have to sell scrapple. Our group divided the research and tasks and I offered to use the website I create in this class to enhance our group presentation (since I am responsible for marketing and communications).
I started with creating a logo, but the group decided on another logo someone else created.
I used all the farm photos from the free websites posted on blackboard and used a clip art t-shirt to paste the threelittlepig logo on it.
I have most of the pictures and copy organized and started creating the first website on webnode the url is I found that the webnodes form was pretty limited in font size and color or it just could not figure out how to change it on my own. It also took me alot longer to create than I thought it would and I'm concerned I won't be able to create the website in frontpage in the 4 hours we are given in the next class.
As I started to create the website in webnodes I started added things to take up space to make the site look better - I didn't consider using surveys and polls but the available templates make it almost impossible not to use them.