Archive | September, 2012

Week 3 Summary

21 Sep

Welcome to the world of JPEG, GIF, PNG, CSS, HTML, SRC, H1, STYLE, BODY, P, A, BR,  UL, OL, LI, STRONG, EM, etc… Web Design 1 aka learning a completely new language. I’m pretty sure web design should be considered a second language. Technically it is.. HTML = HyperText Markup Language. It just sounds pretty ridiculous when you talk about all of this with someone who has NO clue what you are talking about.

Anyway — I have some (very little) experience with HTML, so I am feeling pretty good right now. Ok, maybe not pretty good, but OK. I am loving the idea of being able to use lists. Definitely going to start using that one at work. For strong and em, I have always used b and i (bold and italic), so what exactly is the difference!?

The number 1 thing that I have learned this week is that you CANNOT rush the work. You need to check and double check your code because if it isn’t perfect, it won’t work. Always remember to use the colons and semi-colons, brackets and to close the tag. Also, make sure you know when the white space matters or not. So far, I believe, when using a: is the only time that the white space matters. Did we learn about any other times that white space matters so far?

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Week 2 Summary

21 Sep

Week 2 was interesting and confusing and overwhelming all wrapped into one. I don’t even know where to start with all of the information that I just absorbed.

We learned a lot about color this week and I didn’t realize how much thought actually went into picking a color. Who knew that companies chose certain colors to target certain customers or to make people react in a certain way. When I was younger, I was told that red was an intimidating color. That’s why when you played sports teams with the uniforms that were black and red you were more intimidated than playing a team with blue and orange. I never actually put much thought into it until now.

RED — stimulates adrenaline and blood pressure, exciting, dramatic, rich and of course, it’s the color of passion.

ORANGE — active, energetic, promotes happiness, represents sunshine, enthusiasm, and creativitiy, informal (less corporate), and great for promoting food and cooking.

YELLOW — active, highly visible, associated with happiness, and can be overpowering.

GREEN — associated with nature, soothing, symbolizes growth, freshness and hope, easy on the eyes, and represents wealth, stability and education.

BLUE — universally favorite color, symbolizes openness, intelligence and faith, calming, found to reduce appetite and can be seen as bad luck and trouble.

PURPLE — associated with royalty and power, represents wealth and extravagance, and connected with flowers, gem stones and wine.

WHITE — perfection, light and purity.

BLACK — negative connotations such as death and evil and can be the color of power, elegance and strength.

I found these to be very interesting. I never really put any thought into how certain colors make me feel and how I react to them. To be honest, I usually associate color with food. Not exactly sure why… Red Apple, Yellow Banana, etc…

To learn more about color visit here or here or here.

ALSO — if you are a graphic or web designer, I highly suggest you sign up at www.kuler.adobe.com. Great website for developing color schemes or just finding a color to use.

Week 1 Summary

6 Sep

Everyone has heard of HTTP, URL, WWW, internet, etc but how many people know exactly what they mean and what they do. I admit, I didn’t know. It’s quite sad because I use them every day and not think twice about it. I’ve never thought of the World Wide Web as a large collection of public documents, I just use it every day (and take it for granted) to check emails, weather, social media and the news. It’s very true and very scary that what you put on the World Wide Web is public information.

I read “A Brief History of Markup” and learned about how HTML has evolved over the years. It is amazing to think about how HTML has only been around for a little over twenty years. It is exciting to learn about it in its earlier stages. I wonder what it will be like a year from now? Twenty years? Fifty years? Technology…

Some questions were answered in “FTP Frequently Asked Questions” but I feel like I might have come away with even more questions. It explains the difference between passive and active FTP, but how do you know which one you are using? Do you get to choose? Is your computer already designed to use one but not the other? This website actually left me really confused. Anyone else confused? Can anyone explain it to me better?

Web Design

3 Sep

Welcome! This blog is going to head into a new direction as I take on Web Design this semester. I have a feeling it is going to be very challenging but I am excited!