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Week 13

Content population techniques and tricks

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Reference files for this week:

VIDEOS

Review the FREE Adobe videos below on templates and prebuilt layouts in Dreamweaver.

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April 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 12

Info from this weeks reading:

Browser Shots
Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service. When you submit your website URL, it will be added to the job queue.

More Info: http://browsershots.org/

Micro Stock Sites

iStockPhoto is a well known Micro Stock Site that features amateur photographers and digital artists and their work for sale for a few dollars per image. This is a great resource for comping or placeholders and you can purchase them one at a time.

http://www.istockphoto.com

  • Killer Web Content – Article about why content is king
  • CSS Cheat Sheet – About.com has done a great job summarizing styles, syntax and properties and their values!
  • CSS Page Layout Basics – Using the CSS Layouts that are included with Dreamweaver, you can select a premade CSS layout to use and customize in Dreamweaver. 
  • April 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Week 11

    Below are 2 links for my design comps:

    Home Page

    http://bcts-potomac.aacc.edu/CAT/cat16/FINAL_PROJECT/Design_Comps/Design_Comp_Home_EllenMoore.gif

    Contact Page:

    http://bcts-potomac.aacc.edu/CAT/cat16/FINAL_PROJECT/Design_Comps/Design_Comp_contact_EllenMoore.gif

    Links from reading:

    Reading: ARTICLES

    1. Read Understanding CSS
      A general review of CSS rules, and the application of CSS. 
    2. Estimating Your Time
      A great article on estimating time for a project.

    How we really use the web
    Sample book chapter with great resources 

    Reading: ARTICLES

    1.     Read Understanding CSS
    A general review of CSS rules, and the application of CSS. 

    2.     Estimating Your Time
    A great article on estimating time for a project.

    How we really use the web
    Sample book chapter with great resources

    April 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Week 10

    Welcome back from Spring break everyone!

    Below are links to my design comps (1st cut for home page) for our final project:

    Design Comp 1 – Ellen Moore

    Design Comp 2 – Ellen Moore

    References from Week 10:

    Articles/Websites

    March 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Week 9

    Yeah!!! Spring break.

    Below are links to this weeks assignments:

    Review each of the videos below, and post links to them on your blogs:

    March 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Week 8

    These 8 weeks have been sailing by.  With 3 classes, all I know is school work.  At least I have family that understands 🙂

    After reading about fonts in “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design” I am a new creature.  I will never, ever see fonts the same way again!  I have read about fonts in different books, but for some reason, the information was broken down in a more practical way.  I absorbed the info so much last night that I had dreams about Serif & Sans Serif fonts lol 

    Below are some links that were reviewed for week 8:

    Articles/Websites

    • Difference between ID and Class – A description of “hooks” – or IDs and Classes – used in CSS to build customization into markup.
    • CSS Typography – An overview of why typography shouldn’t be discounted on the web.

    For a great resource on typography – both from a print and web standpoint – checkout www.ilovetypography.com

    Here are a few short articles about web fonts, as well as the standard fonts found on most systems:

    If you are unsure of any of the terminology detailed in the two articles above, reference the Glossary of Font Terms for more information

    Reference: Review the article CSS Typography >>

    Link from “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design”:

    List of special HTML codes:  http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_entitles.asp

    Individual Artists and Foundries:

    Free and Shareware Font Galleries:

    http://www.1001fonts.com/

    http://www.dafont.com/

    http://www.wantedfonts.com/

    Fonts for Sale:

    http://www.fontshop.com/

    http://www.fonts.com/

    http://www.veer.com/

    http://www.myfonts.com/

    http://www.itcfonts.com/

    Individual Artists and Foundries

    http://www.aenigmafonts.com

    http://www.astigmatic.com/

    http://www.bvfonts.com/

    http://wwwfountain.nu/

    http://www.larabiefonts.com/

    http://www.misprintedtype.com/

    http://www.pizzadude.dk/

    March 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Week 7

    I just read the assignment for creating my own banner.  When I first looked at it, I did not feel like completing the assignment.  After researching the info on the Market, its history, and the topic of Fair Trade, my heart is really into this project.  I have never been involved in anything like the SERRV organization.  As of today, I am going to make sure I do what I can to support this organization.  My heart is really overwhelmed right now.   What I love about this is how people are using their God-given gifts and talents to make money to support their families.  They aren’t begging for anything.  They are working with what they have to make a better life for themselves and their families.   There is a scripture in the bible that says “your gift will make room for you”.  Thanks to SERRV and other organizations alike, for being used as a vessell in allowing that scripture to manifest.

    Fair Trade Federation >>

    Other links from week 7

    Common Domain Name Registrars Today

    GoDaddy – http://www.godaddy.com

    Register – http://www.register.com

    Network Solutions – http://www.netsol.com

    For a full list of acredited registrars, visit ICANN

    Network Solutions
    http://www.networksolutions.com/

    http://searchenginewatch.com/showPage.html?page=2168021

    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/web-design-tactics

    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
    http://www.icann.org/

    March 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Week 6

    I cannot believe how much information I have been learning.  I am so excited about this class.  Yes, lots of reading and lots of work, but its all worth it! 

    Some of the links from our reading this week are:

    http://www.useit.com/alertbox/breadcrumbs.html

    http://www.useit.com/alertbox/familiar-design.html

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/dwmx_design_tips.html

    February 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Final Project Proposal

    Name of the business, organization, etc., that you would like to work with;

    The 2 businesses I am considering are:  Dominant Force Athletic Training for Kids and YNOT Entertainment. 
    ____

    How you are affiliated with the organization;

    Both businesses are just getting started, so I currently help them with their graphic design & administrative services for free. 

    Dominant Force provides leadership and athletic training for kids from 5 – 18.

    YNOT Entertainment provides leadership and music industry training for young and upcoming music artists.
    ____

    How you would gain information, photos, and content for the website;

    To gain information, photos, and content for either site, I will have to interview the owner.    Dominant Force has photos; however, will have to take photos or use stock photos for YNOT Entertainment.
    ____

    Anything else that would be of interest;

    I am also interested in building my own website called Dream Merchantz.  It is a non-profit organization that teaches others:  how to find their purpose in life, how to believe in their dreams, how to create visions, and  how to put effort in activating their purpose, dreams and visions.  Their only requirement is to pay it forward by teaching someone else.

    February 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

    Week 5

    Seems like we just started class.  Week 5 already?  At least time is traveling fast 🙂  I am really enjoying this class.  Lots of reading, but worth it.  I understand so much more than I did when I first began this class.  Of all of the things I have learned, understanding  HTML code would my greatest accomplishment.  I have been helping a friend keep up with the weekly schedule on their church website, but every time I came accross an HTML issue, I ran from it because I just didn’t understand how to manipulate the code.  Well, last Sunday as I updated the info, I faced the code head on and was successful!

    This week’s reading from “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design”

    This week’s reading was on texture.  I am one of those people Jason talked about that keeps forgetting that lines are not just about dividers, borders & stripes.  Line is the foundation of art, drawing and design.  The chapter really opens my mind up about the use of line in my designs.

    Websites from “The principles of Beautiful Web Design”

    Creating Rounded Corners:
    Creating Custom Corners and Borders: :http//www.alistapart.com/
    Thrashbox – http://www.vertexwerks.com/tests/sidebox/
    Nifty Corners – http://www.html.it/articoli/nifty/
    Spiffy Corners – http://www.spiffycorners.com/

    Whimsical Cartoon Style
    http://www.yesinsurance.co.uk/

    Building Texture
    http://winamp.com/skins/whatis.php

    Childlike
    http://www.letsplaymusicsite.com

    Gradients
    http://www.mozilla.com

    Advanced Photoshop Book:  The Photoshop Anthology: 101 Web Design Tips, Tricks and Techniques

    February 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment