My design process is going swimmingly, and my html & css skills are coming along a treat. My main strength is designing and my main weakness is time management and laziness. I don’t feel that I’m in need of a one-to-one tutorial. I should spend more time doing work, but I have been doing lots of reading.
you will find some potential design images below the week 1 blog task. as if by magic, from the past. or the future?
I think they’re really good and so are everyone else’s in the class, especially kate and adam.
I have some ideas of what I’m going to do in regards to designing my site. As I said in a previous post, there are a number of web design styles which I like, namely grunge, two-tone and hand-drawn. I am going to try to incorporate these types of design to show my own visual style with which I will exhibit my work. A number of my illustrations are simply black line on a white background, but while I like this look I’d like my webpage to have a more detailed look, perhaps with some grungy texture in the background. I’d like the title & buttons to be hand-drawn also.
this is my passion page. This week was the 25th anniversary of the The Legend of Zelda games so I decided to do my passion page about that. I used the html template given to us by David for the layout of the website, and replaces the words and image files with those I wanted to use. For the images on the page I found some suitable pictures online using google and some other tumblr users, and resized them to fit my page. For the background I took a poster that had been done in celebration of the games’ anniversary and took the best bits which I wanted to surround the main part of the website. For the colour scheme I used a website called kuler which has lots of colour schemes on. I couldn’t find one that looked just right, so I combined a few colours from the various schemes I found, and I think it came out really well.
My one qualm with my website is that while the pictures fit in the frame well, they’re too big and make the page too long. I would have liked to make thumbnail images which could be clicked on to bring up a larger copy, which would have helped the page’s over website, but I didn’t get around to it.
these websites are really good and have tips and stuff on web design.
these are some websites that I made
http://woodsraymond.clickgarden.net/passion/ this one is my passion page which is in the future
http://woodsraymond.clickgarden.net/willmiles.html this is my website of will’s mashed potato shack
Of the various design styles I looked at, a few struck me in particular. I think I should be able to combine some of them, but some clash and I will have to make decisions when it comes to choosing styles.
First of all, I was drawn to the two-tone designs, particularly black and white. I’m a big fan of black & white in general; for example, with the exception of my tartan trousers and a few plaid shirts, my wardrobe is all but grey. So yeah with my website I think I’m going to go for black & white, potentially with some spot-colouring. I do really like a basic white background with black scribbles across it, but I think I’m going to go for a more involved design.
Another style I love is Grunge. I’ve always liked grunge as a design style, and am a big fan of designer David Carson. It might be more difficult to use a two-tone design while going for a grungy feel, as most grunge designs have rough textured backgrounds. However, I could perhaps have a simple two-tone design with a white background, and have grungy typography throughout the design of the page. Here is an example of a grungy design I really like:
Another style I found that I liked was Ornamentalism, which I could potentially try and incorporate a bit, it’s pretty much using Art Nouveau-style floral designs in the background or frames. I also quite like some of the glossier design-styles, but I don’t think they’re very me.
Oh also, another style that came up was abstract. A description I found read that “it can be given a meaning or have none at all, simply being used as a good looking visual effect.” This leaves the style to be very diverse and can be used for a number of purposes. I quite like the style here;
I like the circle patterns mixed with the floral design and grungy background, I’d very much like to incorporate a style like this in my design.
Oh also I like textured and patterned designs - I wouldn’t make this the focal point of my design but I may well go for a textured grungy background.