In July I was mostly busy with Uni. I completed Packaging Design and started my next class, Interactive Design for Web. I was sick with a cold most of the month, but finally kicked it!
Interactive Design for Web
My next class that I am taking (towards a Bachelor of Design: Communication Design) focusses on website design. A subject which has been important to me for a long time, but a practice I lost awareness of.
I created my first website/s around 2003. These were the days of Geocities, tables, iframes and fixed width layouts. Most of my early sites were Harry Potter fan sites/roleplays or Fanlistings for topics I admired. I always had so much fun creating websites, working with HTML and CSS. One of my favourite things was to play with the colour and create exciting effects. It felt like that I had accomplished something. To turn a simple idea into an actual form. Taking the time to create the code, and having a result shared with others. It was addictive.
Then the rise of the phone happened.
Suddenly it seemed like there were a million things to learn to make something ‘responsive’ or work on the smaller screen sizes. My interests also started to turn to illustrations and digital art and somewhere along the way I was more inclined to use paid themes or designs.
There were a few moments through the years where I dabbled in website design practice. I felt like there was so much I didn’t know, and my confidence was low. I wasn’t sure where to start. Frameworks were out there. Grids existed, sections, headers, footers, navigation, viewports, media queries and on it went.
Could I ever really catch up?
Sometimes it takes stepping back and learning from the beginning. My class has been able to guide me into understanding website design, not only from a functional perspective but in one that focusses on ensuring you can create a site that has the best chance of reaching the audience, regardless of screen size or device. A lot of the subject matter has revolved around a mobile first approach (which has been a little challenging haha).
My re-learning started with reading HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett (2011). I watched a great talk, One design to rule them all by Luke Wroblewski which made a lot of sense. It brought me out of the bubble I was in, where I was overthinking screen size. From there I began to read more articles about responsive design and started to gain more confidence.
While I haven’t built an actual site or theme just yet, I am learning more every week. Our focus has so far been on expanding our idea, creating wireframes, sitemaps and the target audience. The major project for the class is to build a fully responsive website based on a concept. I am already a little excited about it.
Cold finally gone
My nagging cold that I had for most of June and July finally went. What was a clogged up nose and head turned into a cough that was driving me mad. It was such a relief to be able to breathe through my nose again and not continually barking.
- I didn’t renew my learner license yet… August for sure!
- I sanded and painted the floor in my dads room. The cold weather has meant it has taken forever to dry (still drying)
- I have had a few unintential hiatuses from social media.
- Have you ever dabbled in website design?
- What did you do in July?
- Have any plans for August?