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Learning Activity – Building a Mobile-Friendly Website

  1. Write a detailed brief. (You may use a real client or a fictional one.)
  2. Use the information from the brief to build a wireframe for the website.
  3. Choose a WordPress theme for the website.
  4. Customise the WordPress theme to fulfil the specific needs of the client.
  5. Make sure that the site works on both desktop and mobile devices. (It does not have to work perfectly, but I want to see that you have considered it.)

Upload your brief, wireframe and website to your WordPress blog.

 

 

Brief

  • who is the client?

Me ( Arianna Molina Photography )

  • What is the client’s service/product?

Photography sessions, photoediting and artistic photography.

  • What are their requirements?

The client wants a portofoliowebsite.

  • What is the website’s goal?

The client wants a website portfolio where they can showcase their work, inspire people and get more customers.

  • How are you going to achieve this goal

The goal will be achieved by giving the website a minimalistic look where the work will be the main element in the design, we will also divide the website into sections to give users more flexibility.

  • Build the website architecture (so we can see what sections will be needed)

Home ( description and selected images )

Galleries

– Portraits

-Fine art

-Weddings / Events

-Confirmation ceremony

– Newborns

– Creative Product Photography

Blog

Contact

  • What is the design style that will be required?

The design style needs to be minimalistic, and emphasize the images. It also needs to be user friendly and have good interactivity

It has to be easy for the user to find the pictures they want without needing to go through all the others.

  • What are your suggestions for marketing the site?

I would market the site by making a video of  the workprocess, maybe a behind the scenes stylistic video that showcases all the work of the photographer, including all the different work with the link of the website at the end or a video showing the website, and I would use social media to spread the video as an ad.

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Learning Activity – Applying for Jobs

Publish a résumé and covering email as if you were applying to work at a real company.

Ideally you would also provide a portfolio website, but this will be completed over the next couple of weeks, so don’t worry about that now.

 

Hi,
I am refering to the advertisement on finn.no, and would like to postulate for the job as a “web designer”.

My name is Arianna Molina and I’m currently studying my second year in Graphic Design at Noroff in Bergen. I am very creative, open to feedback, and work well with others. Web Design has been a great interest to me these two years and I am looking forward to use my knowledge and developing myself even more. I master HTML, CSS, JAVA Script and have a lot of knowledge in WordPress. In addition to this, am I good at keeping up to date with everything that happens in web development.
In my spare time I like to do photography projects and go for walks. Another thing that may interest you is that I master multiple languages, I can speak fluent Spanish, Norwegian and English, and can speak and write French at level B1.

I will attach my portfolio so you can look at my previous work.

Greetings,

Arianna Molina
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Learning Activity – Designing for Performance

Here are the 5 examples I found on the web. These websites are perfect in performance, they are simple and they communicate their messages quick and easily.

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apple

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Learning Activity – Building a Website From Start to Finish

  1. Write a detailed brief for your website.
  2. Draw some sketches to plan your design.
  3. Build a working websites according to these specs.

It’s important for me to see that you can follow through on the entire process – from the brief to the completed website. Please explain why you make certain decisions. How do these decisions fit in with the business strategy?

Upload your brief, wireframe, sketches and link to your website to your WordPress blog. There’s quite a lot to do for this assignment, so it’s advisable to keep your website simple.

BRIEF ( myvirtualnotebook.com)

  • What is the client’s service/product?
    • a digital notebook to share with other graphic design students. 
  • What are their requirements?
    • it should have several pages, be interactive, easy to read, usable on all devises, simple fun and with a clear overview.
  • What is the website’s goal?
    • the websites goal is to give information in a simple and effective way.
  • How are you going to achieve this goal?
    • by making it simple and user-friendly, and focusing on the content.
  • Build the website architecture (so we can see what sections will be needed)
    • Home (understanding webdesign ..intro)
      • CMD
      • Colors
      • Typography
      • Layouts
      • Marketing
      • Java Script
      • HTML
      • css
      • list of other sources
  • What is the design style that will be required?
    • Minimalistic style, Rich use of typography, few colors used as markup.

SKETCHES & WIREFRAMING ( myvirtualnotebook.com)

 

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Learning Activity – Coming Up With a Strategy

  1. Set up a meeting with a business owner and ask him/her what he/she would want from a website. Also ask him/her what the business strategy is and how the website would fit into it.
  2. Then write a detailed document about this.
  3. I would like you to use the information from this document and create a website architecture.
  4. Now let’s focus on the web design strategy. Your document should justify all the major decisions you make – from the domain registration, hosting, design and target audience through to what you decide in terms of programming.

 

Interviewing the fictional business owner of a photography bussiness that specialises in creating fantasy and dreamlike pictures for their clients

  • What would you want from a website?

I would want a place were I could advertise my work and make it easier for people to contact me and book a shoot .

  • What is the business strategy and how would the website fit into it ?

Cheaper, artistic images tailored to you. Each session is tailored to the personality of the  customer. Get innovative and artistic photos of you that means something to you. Write your own story, a picture says more the a thousand words. 

The website would help display this kind of work, inspire people and make it easier to book a shoot.

  • Create a website architecture

WEBSITE ARCHITECTURE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY/PORTOFOLIO AND BUSINESS

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HOME PAGE

  1. FEATURE IMAGES
  2. CALENDAR(SHOWING BOOKED DATES )

IMAGE SECTION

  1. GIRLS
  2. BOYS
  3. WEDDINGS
  4. BIRTHDAYS

BOOKINGS/CONTACT

  1. CALENDAR
  2. BOOKING FORM

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  • Make a web design strategy
    • domain: I would give the website a short and rememberable domain , perhaps just a national one since the company is still pretty small
    • Hosting: Since the photographer is going to be updating the website pretty often, the best option would be to create the website with a content management system  like wordpress, this means that I would have to find a hosting solution that supports this, I will probably start with a shared one since it is a small business and make sure that it is easy to upgrade in the hosting provider. I would also make sure it has a good amount of hosting place.
    • Design: The design should be simple and don’t take the attention from the photos, but it should also have a magical style, just like the style of the photos
    • Target audience: People that are willing to pay for something different, people who want magical pictures of their, babies, families, birthdays, and weddings. People that want to create memories with a touch of magic.
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Learning Activity – Creating a Brief & Providing Your Own Hosting Service

Brief

  • who is the client?

The light catcher

  • What is the client’s service/product?

Photography sessions, photoediting and artistic photography.

  • What are their requirements?

The client wants a portofoliowebsite.

  • What is the website’s goal?

The client wants a website portfolio where they can showcase their work, inspire people and get more customers.

  • How are you going to achieve this goal

The goal will be achieved by giving the website a minimalistic look where the work will be the main element in the design, we will also divide the website into sections to give users more flexibility.

  • Build the website architecture (so we can see what sections will be needed)

Home ( description and selected images )

Galleries

– Portraits

-Fineart

-Weddings

– newborns

workshops

Blog

Contact

  • What is the design style that will be required?

The design style needs to be minimalistic, and emphasize the images. It also needs to be user friendly and have good interactivity

It has to be easy for the user to find the pictures they want without needing to go through all the others.

  • What are your suggestions for marketing the site?

I would market the site by making a video of  the workprocess, maybe a behind the scenes stylistic video that showcases all the work of the photographer, including all the different work with the link of the website at the end or a video showing the website, and I would use social media to spread the video as an ad.

 

 

 

Providing Your Own Hosting Service

If you choose one.com, the monthly fee is only about 1,5 USD a month, and there are step-by-step guidances to setting up the account, creating e-mail addresses, connecting via ftp etc.

By acquiring the web hosting yourselves, you get (depending the hosting service):

  • Valuable training in providing hosting services
  • Domain name of your choosing
  • Personalised e-mail account with your own domain name
  • Cloud drive
  • A lot more space
  • 24/7 support
  • The service and domain name remains yours after your studies are done (if you wish to keep it)

Consider your domain name very carefully. This cannot be altered. (You can of course sign up for other domain names and delete the one you have, but “getting it right the first time” saves you a great deal of trouble.)

Also note that it can take 24 hours or more for the hosting provider to complete the registration. In some cases, you may need to print out a document, sign it, scan it, and e-mail it back to the hosting company.

host

Here is my hosting service, I decided to go with ProIsp as my host.

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Learning Activity – Analysing the Use of Design Fundamentals

Choose any one of the illustrations from the lesson “Design Drawing” and answer the following questions (when submitting your feedback – also provide the illustration you chose):

  1. What fundamentals are used successfully? Describe in detail what you think is the most successful aspect of the illustration (remember to focus on the fundamentals.)

  2. What style from the past is being used in a new way in this illustration? If no previous style is clearly apparent, does it use some form of pastiche? Why do you think this specific style or pastiche was used? Describe in detail whether you think it was used successfully or not.

  3. Read again what Mondrian said about the expression of beauty or self. Which do you think played the dominant role in the execution of this illustration? Explain your thoughts.

  4. If you had to create this illustration, before starting the actual execution, what would your initial thoughts be on:

  5. Colour (what would your approach to colour be?)

  6. Line (what would you like to portray with the use of line?)

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  1. The colors used are complementing to each other and add to the illustration as well, giving it a dreamlike feel. We can also see a lot of successful use of lines that help put the subject in focus, for example her floating hair and the tower of books just behind her, those elements serve as leading lines to help the eyes come back to the  main subject. The composition of the drawing that means placing the subject in the middle of the illustration also helps accentuating it and it gives the impression that everything is coming out from her.
  2. I t does not resemble any design from the past nor any form for pastiche for me
  3.  “although art is fundamentally everywhere and always the same, nevertheless two main human inclinations, diametrically opposed to each other, appear in its many and varied expressions. One aims at the direct creation of universal beauty, the other at the aesthetic expression of oneself, in other words, of that which one thinks and experiences.” (Theories of Modern Art:350)

I think this illustration is more about the aesthetic expression of oneself, the artist wanted to show the world the feeling of being overworked, or perhaps of dreaming of being someplace else while working, the illustration is highly relatable, I have the feeling of looking at a feeling I have already experienced.

4. Another approach to  color would be to have more of it, perhaps more dreamlike colors. The colors of the illustration give the impression of sadness, but then again maybe that was the point, perhaps then it would work to  use darker color and high dynamic range.

5. I feel he has done a good job with the composition, by showing us the subject right in front of us and in the center of the illustration, it becomes easier to relate to the feeling he is trying to portray and it becomes a mirror-like effect