Blog Birthday & Giveaway
Today my blog turns 10 and to celebrate I am holding a stationery giveaway!
Ten years ago on the 13th of May 2006, a 19 year old me registered the domain kya.nu. In my first blog post, I wrote that it had been a wishlist domain for a while. I think the greatest thing about looking at that first entry is the people who commented, a number of them are still good friends with me today!
Throughout those ten years, there has been tremendous change. I lost loved ones, helped family battle illness, struggled with my own mental health, made friendships, lost friendships, started university, wrote a book and finally within the last few years found positive influences that enabled me to finally see a future for myself. I feel optimistic about what lies ahead and look forward to sharing that journey on my blog.
Kya’s Blog Birthday Giveaway
The Month That Was: April 2016
In April 2016, I continued study with my second class at Uni, practiced website design and have still not finished the kitchen.
I didn’t finish the kitchen renovation, it has taken waaaaaay longer than planned (how is it three months already??) I am confident that I WILL finish it in May.
- Continued study with my second class, Concepts and Narratives
- Got a 82, in my first assessment, it’s a High Distinction (HD), but hoping to do better next time
- Practiced website design again and really enjoyed it
- Have not finished the kitchen… I just have ONE MORE coat of gloss and I am done, now the weather has been getting cooler…
- Purchased some cute quilt covers
- No soda, 30% towards my starting goal weight
Study so far
I am at the halfway mark (week six of twelve) for my second class (Concepts & Narratives), this is my journey so far.
Concepts and Narratives is my second class at University towards my degree in Communication Design. This class has a major focus on using traditional ‘hand’ methods. As someone who has relied heavily on a computer/digital design this has been both a challenge and a rewarding experience. So far we have made sketches with varying mediums such as; pencil, charcoal, watercolour and markers. Traced and rendered from detailed references. Made a model of a chair with foam board. Used photography to capture objects. Explored cropping and framing and in week six created a personal mark (much like a logo).
We have developed our understanding of key design principles such as; scale, tension, dynamics and experimented with design elements used to enrich perspective by using; colour, texture, contrast and more. I certainly don’t feel that I approach design the same way compared to the early weeks. It gives me a great deal of inspiration for the future, both in professional and personal contexts.
Layout design is another part of the class that we are marked on. In the first few weeks I had been using Adobe Illustrator to create the layouts for my work. I decided to try using InDesign and I am so glad that I made the switch because it allows for so much more control in the management of a document. I can notice the difference between my early layouts and my most recent.
This class has so far validated my decision to do this degree, knowing that I am entering a field that I have a great passion and love for.
Here are some examples of my work so far.
100 Cats on my bed
I have styled my bedroom with an adorable new kitty quilt cover.
I recently purchased three new quilt covers from Target. I am a sucker for a good/cute design, and couldn’t resist the Kitty, Fox & Friends and Ice Cream (Sprinkles). A lot of the time the adorable designs are only available in smaller sizes for kids, so I was pleasantly surprised to find designs I liked in double & queen.
Website Design Practice
I decided to spend some time today practicing website design and made some simple HTML/CSS layouts.
For a long time I have felt overwhelmed with the idea of trying to create a website design. It felt like so much had changed, with ‘responsive design’ and having to make layouts work in all kinds of browsers. I didn’t feel confident enough to make a design and was confused on where to start. The thing is, if you don’t try and don’t take the action to try and understand you can’t move forward.
While doing numerous searches on how to convert a website design into a responsive one I found How To Convert a Fixed Width to a Responsive Website by Tim Wright which includes a video on his method. His method includes adding
@media screen and (max-width:700px) and setting specific widths for the smaller layouts. Then modifying the style codes, so the layout can look better in smaller devices. Such as making the navigation in block instead of inline and taking away the floats from the content and sidebar. As well as adding
meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0 in the header, for the viewport on mobile devices. This was so inspiring, because I thought making a responsive design couldn’t be that easy.
Now, I know that trying this method doesn’t make me an expert or that I understand the whole process 100%, but it was enough for me to try and make a few layouts. They are not perfect, but they are a start and it was fun doing something that I have loved so much.
Lets have a look, shell we?