Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
- Making it mobile
- Linking it to our current database system
Thursday, July 19, 2012
- I discovered in my contrast post that repetition was my favorite design principle and that I had founded my class site on it. Well ... "While the same four basic principles I've mentioned over and over in this book (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity) also apply to web design, repetition is one of the most important for a web site. The other three principles helps pages look good and make sense, but repetition lets your visitors know whether they're still in the same web site" (139).
- I also mentioned that I chose my theme because I wanted a horizontal navigation bar that was visible without scrolling. well ... "Don't make visitors scroll to see the navigation links!" (140).
Book image source
Williams, Robin. The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Third ed. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press, 2008. Print.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
"Contrast is created when two elements are different" (65).
"[C]reate some contrast ... their eyes will be attracted to certain parts ... as they skim ..." (72).
I am playing a bit of a contrast joke with my color choice for this principle. I chose blue as an accent color last semester on my first Google Sites page. Dr. Rodrigo kindly pointed out that this was not the best choice as most hyperlinks are in blue, so I was risking tricking my readers into thinking my blue words were hyperlinks. Blue therefore is a terrible example of contrast because "[i]f two items are not exactly the same, then make them different. Really different" (65).
Sunday, July 15, 2012
"Repeat some aspect of the design
throughout the entire piece" (51).
Repetition is my favorite aspect of design. The ways you can do this overtly or subtly are very fun for me to play with. Repetition is definitely a design aspect with room for pushing the boundaries.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Dick, McLuhan, Turkle and Baudrillard to my own personal discomfort with online interactions. Through all of these posts, one thing remains as tough to solve for me as proving the Reimann Hypothesis: is the nature of digital communication defined foremost by its "digital-ness" or do personal tendencies have a defining role in digital communication? Let me try to say it better: Are digital communications for extroverted and introverted people equally at risk for being shallow simply because the communication is digital?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Nothing should be placed on the page arbitrarily.Every item should have visual connection with something else on the page (33).
I am a center-alignment user. I admit it, and well, I can't deny it anyway because all you have to do is look at the post right below this one to see my center-alignment in action. But that is about to change!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
"Items relating to each other should be grouped close together ...
This helps organize information, reduces clutter, and gives the reader a clear structure" (13).
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Monday, July 9, 2012
Thanks to Dr. Rodrigo and her helpful comments, I have just ...
- Asked 2 fellow teachers and 1 former student to give me feedback on the design and navigation of my in-progress Wordpress site.
Made and embedded a Google Form for adding to the class timeline. I had no idea I could generate a form from an existing spreadsheet -- that is cool! And Dr. Rodrigo is right -- the form is a much better interface than a spreadsheet.
- Sadly, I discovered that making this Google form from my spreadsheet broke the timeline on my site. I have experimented with this and learned that any adjustment to the Google spreadsheet template except deleting rows breaks the timeline in Wordpress. So this good idea cannot be done, and I have fixed my timeline and re-posted the spreadsheet link.
- Fixed my image sources since they were not all linked to the specific webpage where I got them. I appreciate having Dr. Rodrigo see this mistake -- I thought I had the specific URLs but clearly did not for 2 of my images. I also added the links to the MLA image sources here.
Jean Baudrillard's The Illusion of the End, my second reading for the summer. This book is very different from Technologies of Wonder, as Baudrillard is a sociologist and philosopher looking at culture and society versus Delagrange, an academic looking at digital technology specifically. So, this blog post will have two parts. First, I am going to lay out my understanding of Baudrillard's philosophy of history, as history is the foundation of The Illusion of the End. Then, my ultimate goal is to determine how Baudrillard applies to digital media work.