Archive for February, 2010

Week 5 Summary

This week the lecture was on Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) and what it does for websites. CSS is a language for establishing a set of rules that effect the type and design of a web page or an entire website. CSS  is known for being easily accessible, it establishes a website hierarchy, and once established allows easy site wide maintenance. When using CSS  the block level elements can be controlled with formatting and positioning.A rule in CSS consists of a selector and a declaration, the example of this would be the selector H1 and a declaration to make its color red.

H1 {color :red }

During the week I registered for which is a stock images website. This is one example of a website that contains a database of existing photos and video of content that can be licensed for use for personal or commercial use.

Links to Stock Photo Sites:

Imagemaps were discussed this week as a means to create clickable links that are put into images using a set of coordinates. Imagemaps are not scalable and only display in browsers that support graphic images however, are an easy way to break up a complicated image rather then slicing and linking individual elements of that image.

This week in the textbook “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design” Chapter 3 was on Texture within a website. Texture is anything that has a look a feel that represents a real world surface. Texture becomes a 2D representation of a 3D object feel. This is created using the concepts of point, line, shape, depth, volume, and pattern and relating them all together within a design.

Links from the Textbook:

“Creating Custom Corners & Borders” by Søren Madsen

“Thrashbox” by Ryan Thrash

“Nifty Corners” by Alessandro Fulciniti

“Spiffy Corners” by Greg Johnson


Final Project Proposals

My first idea is to build a digital portfolio to showcase my work in 3D modeling and level design. In this case I would be using my own work and use all original content from projects I’ve done at AACC. Currently I have a domain of however the website is done with  free hosting while I practiced using html for the first time . I would like to remake the website with what I learned from class this semester. I have current digital content both pictures and video that I would need to display. This portfolio is not exactly for a job since I am transferring to a 4 year however, I would like the practice none the less with the current skills I have developed.

My second idea is going to be business website for riot apparel a clothing company located in Baltimore. I work with one of the co-owners and my girlfriend was able to get an internship with their company. Photo content and basic outlines for what the client wants would be provided by the owners of the business. They have models that try on clothing as examples of merchandise. The only issue I’m worried about is whether its in the scope of the class to be able to set up secure business transactions via the web store that they need.

Week 4 Summary

This week I started off with information about color theory in relation to how color is displayed digitally. The main color systems are RGB which is an additive color how it is different then the traditionally taught RYB. The psychology of color was also taught and I learned a few of the different meanings behind color in western society.


Also the website Kuler was introduced as a good way to get color schemes integrated into adobe products.

We began this week to get an introduction to adobe Fireworks which is a hybrid raster / vector graphics program that can integrate the two types of graphics files together which it saves as a fireworks png. The videos this week mainly discussed the interface, how fireworks deals with layers, and also the ways which to save or import/export files.

In order to have some prep for our AACC banner design project, we also got information about web banners. The website IAB was presented as the association that works towards bettering the online interactive advertising.

Information identifying why websites can be bad was also a good part of this weeks reading. The term mystery meat navigation was brought up to describe websites that hide links to other sections until a user scrolls over and has to find, identify, and remember where that link was located. An amazing about of reading material and videos on the subject can be found on Vincent Flanders web site

Week 3 Summary

Information this week covered image file types for web such as jpeg, gif, and png, and also how to link them into a web page. A new feature in this weeks Kona web page allowed for us to use the page properties window to change properties of headers, links or even background color. In order to get full control over images a number of software applications have been created to create and edit images:

The website UX Booth as an excellent article on optimization of images for the web Click Here.

This week we also started reading The Principles of Beautiful Web Design by Jason Beaird

Chapter 1 covered the concepts of layout and composition within a website.  It went over common column layouts, designing a website, creating balance, emphasizing certain aspects of a webpage. It also went over some technical problems like dealing with inconsistant screen resolution. The book also included some good websites to look at to get inspired.