I often allowed lots of
room for alterations and variation on a theme. For
example, in the first mini task, one of my original ideas was unfeasible
yet I altered the design slightly to make my eventual work easier. Another
strength is my ability to just put my head down and get started on a
task. Often rather than sitting back and thinking of what I am going
to do I would just put pen to paper and start work and let a plan evolve
out of the work that I had done. This is also a weakness sometimes as
I might rush through an idea and forget some elements that I had to
incorporate. I discovered that I can pick up most programs very fast.
This is very helpful when you are starting on a new software package
because you don’t have to waste time on finding out how the thing
works. All the tasks have added something to my skills and knowledge,
I have become very proficient with Fireworks, Flash and Dreamweaver
these days and I have also learn some new skills and honed all of my
existing ones in Photoshop.
Describe the design Process and how it related to your mini
tasks and web site design.
The Design Process is a series of steps that help you to make
a final, coherent and complete piece of work. These include Identifying
the problem that has been proposed by the client. Making or reading
the Design Brief after meeting with the client or reading one that has
been provided to you. The next step is investigation similar solutions
that have already been made by other people. These is essentially getting
a feel for the field that you are developing for as well as getting
inspiration for what you are going to make. Next you have to develop
your own solution to this particular problem, drawing of inspiration
and ideas from the previous question. Choosing a solution what you have
designed is next, this entails going to the client and finding out what
they like the best. It is sometimes necessary to redesign some of the
components to keep them happy. Some things to consider when choosing
a solution is what you can actually achieve, the software that you have
available to you and the time and cost of each solution. After a solution
has been chosen you have to make a concept piece, a prototype. This
has to be a functioning item. You should look at what improvement could
be made to improve the over all piece of work. Manufacturing the final
product in the last step of the design process.
I used this set of guidelines all the way through all of my work. Each
of the 5 mini tasks I completed was made follow the design process and
the web site was also designed following these steps yet less strictly.
If time allowed,
what improvements or changes would you make to your site?
If time allowed I would most likely have redesigned the entire thing.
I am the sort of person who will start of with one idea and end at a
totally different one. Originally I had my green stripe across the top
of the page with the buttons next to it. I altered this and made it
so the green tripe went diagonally across one of the sides. This wasn’t
the best idea considering that when it came to slicing the images up
I had to deal with this. I also would have made a smaller interface
for my popup if I had of had enough time. This would have added a continuity
to the site and generally improved the look. I also would have redone
my entire animation had I had time
Over all how effectively do you believe you worked this term?
I think I have worked very well this term. I didn’t always get
my worked finished on the Friday it was due but I got all of it done
in the end. I have had to ask for help on occasion but I have also sorted
out a lot of my problem without help. In general I have improved all
my skill across every program I have used.