TAG: Design

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?

I wrote a book

I am so thrilled to announce that I have completed my first children’s book.

Tom and Geraldene

The book is called Tom and Geraldene and tells the story of a little boy (Tom) and his toy giraffe that becomes real (Geraldene). Tom wants everyone in his family to meet Geraldene, but not everyone can see her. I have based this book on imagination, friendship, family and looking at the world a little differently (including our acceptance of people of different ages). I really hope that it will be enjoyed by children (and adults as well).

Room Renovation: Complete

I am so pleased that my room renovation is finally complete. The final step was decorating and I had a lot of fun doing this.

There is still a few items that I want to add to, such as the owl lamps I like, storage boxes for the top of my wardrobe and cloud shelves. But these are only minor elements. I am really happy with how my room turned out. It is a very relaxing and calm space. I also finished it before Uni starts in November!

Goal complete. ?

Random creative things I want to do (at some point)

I love creative things. This is a list of random creative & crafty projects that I want to do (at some point).

  • Write/Illustrate my owl children’s book (I have this about 80% complete)
  • Design/Illustrate a mood journal to use to track moods (an actual paper journal)
  • Have my own designs printed onto stationery (notebooks, stickers, pens, cards, etc.)
  • Have my own designs printed as wrapping paper, fabric and sticky tape
  • Make a handmade & hand bound journal from recycled materials
  • Carve my own stamps (inking stamps) OR have my own designs made into stamps
  • Purchase or hire a badge maker and make my own designs into badges/buttons/pins (there is a heart shaped badge maker that screams awesome!)
  • Try needle felting and make some cute toys/creations
  • Make felt creations of some of my own designs (hand sew)