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Alisa Gaither / Final Project

alisagaither.com

 

My final project for I310 is a portfolio website that I will use in my professional career as a graphic designer. As a newbie to any HTML and CSS coding, this project allowed me to get more comfortable with these skills, as well as learn some Javascript and Flash animation. I developed an identity for myself as a designer, which I show in my original logo that I created, and I intend on further establishing this design aesthetic into the rest of the website.

The process of creating this website was straightforward from the beginning, I knew I had to do a lot of planning at the beginning so that I would know what skills I needed to do which parts of the site. For instance, I was already comfortable with designing the logo and slideshow elements in Indesign and Photoshop, but I needed to learn Javascript and Flash to build the actual slideshow itself. Online tutorials guided me through the skills I needed to learn to accomplish these tasks.

At this point, I would not say that my site is finished, I still wish to learn more about integrating graphic design and web design into a seamless product. This is what my goal was, but I came out of this project timeline with a template for what my site will grow from in the coming months. I intend to develop my design more, and learn more about how to build websites so that I can hopefully use these skills in a future job. I also plan on integrating more social media into my website, so it will be more accessible and able to be shared across multiple avenues.

Final i310 Project Flash Website

http://www.aboutmei.com

I chose to do a flash website for my final project for a friend that owns her own hair salon business on the north side of Indianapolis. I chose to develop a website in flash because I had never worked in flash before and to develop my skills within this adobe product. I am very familiar with other adobe products flash is just one of the subcategories I had not explored yet.

Over all I liked working in flash because it allows the user to become a lot more interactive with the website. The way flash develops websites is strictly visual based rather then having to mess with a ton of code. There is some code involved of course when developing a website. I also had to explore PHP in order to develop the contact form that is on the website. This gives the salon clients a chance to become apart of About Mei by being on an email list serve. There was no trouble with hosting the webs item but one thing that I ran into was trying to get the domain name of http://www.aboutmei.com onto my hosting package.

I learned a lot about how to communicate directly and effectively with a client when working on her website. Since she is on the north side of Indianapolis there were minimal opportunities to meet so most of the communication was dealt with over the phone and through emails.

I enjoyed this opportunity to expand my skills within web development and learned a lot about how a website can change the face of a business to bring in more clients. Having an online presence in today’s world is one key to making a success out of your business.