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?
The Month That Was: March 2016
In March 2016, I started my next class at Uni, turned 29 and almost finished the kitchen.
- Started my second class at Uni, which has a focus on many traditional design formats. Such as sketching, tracing, model making, collage. It has a main focus on doing things by hand, and not using computer software. This has been a challenge, because I am so used to using a computer and Illustrator or Photoshop. I have been learning a lot, which is great.
- I turned 29, and was pretty okay about that.
- I got my results from my first class at Uni and received a grade of 94% and high distinction, which put my GPA at 4.0!
- I have continued the kitchen renovation and I am very close to being finished! Hopefully next month I am able to write up a full recap with the finished look!
- Have continued to be soda free, and still loosing weight.
15 things I learned (while renovating)
When renovating, there are often things that you learn along the way that you wish you had done or known before you started.
Maybe these will be helpful if anyone else decides to undertake a renovation (and possibly be a useful reminder to myself, if I decide to renovate another space).
1. Make a budget and over estimate the cost
2. Measure everything
3. Measure everything again
4. For a full room, do the floor last (doh)
5. If you can, always get more paint then you need
6. Don’t try and remove nails with pliers ….
7. Don’t put screws on the outside of draws… (ahaha)
8. Don’t leave tape on a painted floor in summer
9. Screwdrivers that have a magnetic attachment to screws are awesome
10. Having the right tools for certain tasks makes things a lot easier
11. Make sure you have the right type of paint for each surface
12. Drop sheets are better on a floor then newspaper
13. While a paint scrapper is fun to use as a ‘multi-tool’ it’s not really its purpose…
14. Get loads of sandpaper, you can do through it quickly
15. DO NOT TRY AND CUT CORNERS (i.e; thinking that paint will be enough to hide some badly grouted tiles and realising that no it won’t and you have to remove all the paint, grout the tiles and paint them again, eeeeh)
Today I turned 29 and while it is a weird age to consider that your 20s are almost over, I think I am mostly okay with that.
I have never been one to let age define who I am, and that is probably why turning 29 is not that big of a deal. I think sometimes when the number begins to grow larger you start to contemplate all the things you wanted to do by a certain point in time, or the expectations that you have for yourself.
I am happy that I am finally doing the things that I want to do. Studying at University, devoting time to creative pursuits (like digital art, and finishing my first book last year) as well as focussing on my health, both mental and psychical. I feel positive about the future, and that is something I have not been able to say for a long time.
The Month That Was: February 2016
In February 2016 I completed my first class at Uni and began renovating our kitchen.
During my break from Uni (between terms) I have been very busy with the kitchen renovation. Sanding all of the cupboards, skirting and around a bench has been taking some time, but I am hoping I can have it finished in the coming week. My hands have been getting sore and I keep forgetting to wear gloves, so my fingers are rough and sore from the sandpaper.