Thursday, March 29, 2012

site redesign

For this project we were allowed to choose between designing our portfolio or giving a certain website a "redesign." I chose to get started on designing my own portfolio. Since it was my first time experimenting with html and css, I decided to keep the design and layout simple, allowing my work to be the main attraction. I made a point of keeping the design "above the fold" and tried to allow the viewer to preview my work quickly and efficiently through the use of thumbnails. I still have a lot of work to do before my website is finished, but this project gave me a good starting point. 

concept map

For this project students were told to create a concept map depicting an issue of their choice (chosen from a specific list of topics). I chose to research and explore the 2009 Flu Pandemic, more commonly known as the Swine Flu. The challenge was deciding how to display such a large amount of information while keeping the design clean, organized, and interesting. We explored different techniques for connecting terms and experimented with using different lines/methods to connect information.

field guide

The field guide was my favorite project to date. We were allowed to choose any subject around Austin to create a field guide for. After choosing my subject, I began exploring all of Austin's swimming holes. After visiting a few, I decided it would be beneficial for someone to know each swimming holes policy on camping, dogs, price, walk to water, and terrain. I originally intended to create a book of this information but later decided that a long accordion poster/foldable book would be a better, more interesting choice. You can take this field guide with you or hang it on your wall for decoration.