Past blog posts from my website:

Entry 5 – June 10, 2012

Finally working on my site again. Recently I added my portfolio images in the easiest way I knew how, but now I’m working on making it a slideshow and hopefully less huge so it will load faster. Until then I at least have the images there and a link to my Flash page for better viewing.

I also made some changes (hopefully improvements) to my home page. I’ve been experimenting with making textures and patterns using Illustrator and Photoshop so I decided to make one for my background. It was also a way for me to improve my use of CSS styles and take advantage of the ability to move things around and get creative. I’m not yet to the point where I would consider myself fluent, but I’m defnitely getting the hang of it, and having more fun!

Entry 4 – March 31, 2012

Progress is slow. I made an attempt at a Flash portfolio and have finally realized my folly. I thought that Flash would make more sense to me because I have used other Adobe products, like Photoshop and Illustrator, for a long time. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out that way. I get the basics about timelines, action scripts, buttons and movie clips. But getting them to actuallly work all together is such a hastle and sofar in my experience much more frustrating than html. To be fair that might be because the things I have done in html are less complicated, but I’d rather start with basics and be able to work up, understanding what’s happening each step of the way.

Flash and HTML are basically competing platforms and I know there are many reasons to go with each. Now that I know a little bit more about web design I am pretty convinced that HTML/CSS is the way to go and for my basic purposes and will also allow me more flexibility.

So now I am figuring out how to get my portfolio online using HTML, stay tuned!

Entry 3 – February 13, 2012

There are a few reasons I am making my website. First, I’m bored! Well, that’s not the best way to put it, really I like having goals to keep me busy. I actually have a lot of things on my to do list, but this is a fun thing (especially compared to organizing my apartment). Secondly, making a website will allow me to proudly display all my other projects. I am working on an architecture project, improving my portfolio, and expanding my technological prowess. And of course that’s a final and important reason, I feel that unless I know about computers and technology I will fall behind my generation and will never bee able to compete (in many realms). This is only a feeling, of course, and probably has something to do with the fact that (a) I live in a city run by tech guys, (b) I know a lot of engineers and CS people, and am related to some, and (c) I am always finding a need for this type of knowledge at work.

I think so far I am keeping pace and will endeavor to become much better at all of this html and css stuff. Maybe even flash at some point…

Making a website using html is both liberating and restrictive. Of course you can do all kinds of cool tricks with a website-building service and if you have any experience with those types of programs (I find it similar to Illustrator) without much time. But you are working within the parameters of the software. With html (and CSS) there is a MUCH steeper learning curve and when you are a beginner, like me, even attempting what I was able to do using wix.com’s tools is extremely daunting. However, I know that when I want to make my portfolio slideshow (uh yeah, I have no idea how that’s going to happen) I will be able to tweak it in every possible way as I wish. Unfortunately, until I make some serious progress in my knowledge and inderstanding of web design I’m stuck with simple tricks. But I’m still having fun tweaking it!

Entry 2 – February 12, 2012

So I’m lazy. Now that I know ALL the basics of HTML (see previous entry) and a little bit about CSS I decided I should skip a few steps and download a template and make it my own. I found something simple and through the use of Dreamweaver, an amazing program I didn’t realize I had, I was able to improve the site!

Entry 1 – February 5, 2012

I am learning to make a website and am very fortunate to have the assistance of my wonderful boyfriend who happens to be a computer genius. Unfortunately he has never made a website so we are kind of figuring this out together. From across the country. Thank you video chat!

First lesson: what is html???? Apparently it’s just a file type that can be created in text editing programs, in my TextEdit on my Mac, and then loaded to a hosting server. I found that there are many useful websites for learning html, like this one: http://www.w3schools.com/

Second lesson: pretty colors! After typing some basic things I was more worried about making it pretty than content so I started playing around with colors and fonts. There are several different color systems and none of them have the colors I want.

Third lesson: pictures. This is where my boyfriend comes in handy. I had created a website using wix.com (http://www.wix.com/conwayje/portfolio) which basically lets you drag and drop and make things pretty no problem. So naturally I want my new website to look even better! Well that might take several more weeks of learning so for now I am using it as an example. I wanted to have a picture on my home page so first I needed to insert the proper notation into my html file and then figure out where the file should goon my hosting server. Apparently you just put with the html files. So now I have to figure out how to resize it and put it next to the text rather than below. I have been told that this will require something besides html – something called CSS

Fourth lesson: what is CSS?????? Well it’s the same as html, except it’s not. Actually it’s something that you use in html files that allows you to put things where you want them and make them look how you want. I think… So now I’m off to learn THAT because it’s the only way my website will ever be pretty. And that’s what matters.