Website Ideas

While the website creating process is overwhelming, I know what my catches my eye and what doesn’t impress me too much, so in my head, I have an excellent idea of what I would like to see on my site. For my website, the most important thing I want to convey is professionalism and passion for doing a good job in whatever I do. I want this website to look like I’ve put time and effort into it.

I really would like my website to be clean and able to be used for a variety of jobs since I am unsure what I would like to do. For future employers to stop by, I want them to see something unique that says, “This girl has something to offer.” I’m still looking for that one unique element but I have no doubts I will find it!

Things I would like to include:

-About Me section

-Resume. Ideally I would like to link individual skill sets to my portfolio page so that it is easy to navigate and see exactly what I have done

-Portfolio including things from my past work at the Children’s Museum, Furman, and Bright Blessings

-Pictures of work I have done possibly as well as videos and other multimedia

-Social media links (especially to linked in where I have letters of rec, etc)

The problem I foresee is I have dabbled in a lot of things but have not passionately pursued one thing. So I have some marketing work, work using a website and social media platforms for my internship, some event planning experience, and charity work experience. I have worked in two non-profits but I don’t necessarily want to go into non-profit work.

Gettin’ On The Web

For my website, I think I will be using IM Creator. I really like the designs and layouts and am sure I can find something unique and fitting to my personality and expected field.

For this website, my main end goal is to get a job after graduation. I would like for future employers to visit my site and easily access anything they need to know about me. Of course, I would like to have a clean looking resume that is easily accessible as well as some examples of my work.

The main sources of my work come from school projects and my internship at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate this summer. I have a linked in with all of my work and I believe it also has a recommendation.

I’m still that Senior who doesn’t know exactly what I want to do so I will probably be applying a variety of places. Therefore, I would like my site to be user friendly and able to appeal to many different employers. I am mainly attracted to clean cut and simple designs with a twist of something unique so that is what I am looking for as a platform.

I would like to be able to link a contact form, resume, this classes content, work from my internship, and possibly pictures of functions I have planned for Chi Omega as social chair. I am also in Dr. Armstrong’s broadcast class, and while I don’t want to go into broadcast, a show might be good to put up if that is a possibility.

For inspiration, I liked these sites. Many of them are very clean looking. A lot of color is exciting, but I don’t know if it’s necessarily the path I want to go down. Instead, I like something softer yet modern. The Chris Spooner layout is one of my favorite on this page, but he has changed his site since this post was written. A picture, like a cover photo, is nice, but I don’t think a huge one of my face is necessary.

These sites are also very interesting and visually appealing. Many of them look like a lot of time and money has gone into them, whether they have or not. That is a good point to make I think, you want the audience to feel like your site is important to you. Not just there for show or to fulfill a class requirement.

These sites are also beautiful.

TIPS & TRICKS

Webby Awards – Best sites of 2013

Richie Swann & J Fletcher Design & RESUME HELPER

PNG is clearest online!

Resolution is 72 dpi if you’re cropping or resizing for digital resolution on photoshop. Images should be under 300 kb, probably not over 75 with PNG.

It’s ok to purchase icons, etc. Most are only pennies.

Can make header in photoshop and upload as image. Don’t let site limit you. Look up free fonts.

Design Instruct – good resource

Info Graphics

Audience & Homepages

In Redish’s chapters of ‘Letting go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works,” there are a lot of helpful hints and guidelines for what a website should look like and how it should appear to an audience. The title of chapter 2 is “People! People! People!” which is obviously emphasized for a reason. There is no website without traffic and traffic comes from people! The success or failure of a website, no matter what the purpose, is solely dependent upon what an audience thinks. There are an endless amount of domain names but only a handful of websites we click through daily. It takes a lot for a website in a sea of sites to be noticed and appreciated. Luckily, there are things one can do when creating a site that can only help the process of beginning setting up a website!

Seven Steps to Understanding Your Audience:

1. List your major audience – use people

2. Gather information about your audiences – know them and their realities

3. List major characteristics for each audience – use key phrases and quotes. Keep in mind expertise, emotion, values, technology, environments and demographics

4. Gather your audiences’ questions, tasks, and stories – don’t translate, use their words

5. Use your information to create personas – individual with a name, picture, demographic and other specifics

6. Include the personas goals and tasks – important

7. Use your information to write scenarios for your site – help you understand your users. It helps to test it out and every thing on your site should fulfill a scenario.

Redish makes some very good points about creating a usable website.

Homepages:

– Should be content rich but not wordy

5 Major Functions:

1. Identify your site and establish your brand – logo/tagline/your name/photo of you

2. Setting the tone and personality of the site – graphics, fonts, colors, writing style, word choice, etc.

3. Helping people get a sense of what the site is all about – answer whose site is this, what can I do or learn here, etc.

4. Letting people start key tasks immediately

5. Sending each person on the right way effectively and efficiently – use the site visitors words, write good links (don’t make the user wonder what to click on)

Let’s talk about it…

1. Are websites now as vital as social media or linked-in or even a resume to getting a job? Websites have a new ability that old ways of getting jobs do not, so should all people searching for jobs have a personal site?

Getting the Shot

Most times when we sit down to enjoy a movie, we are looking for our minds to be free of trouble and worry and be entertained for 90 minutes. The same goes with a television program, music video, or any sort of filmed short. The audience is not looking to be tricked or manipulated, mostly the audience is simply looking to be entertained.

This is where the editors and directors and crew come in. It is their job to make the shots flow effortlessly so that when you and I sit down with our buckets of popcorn, we get what we want…easy entertainment. This is not to say that some movies don’t make us think, it’s just they make us think about the plot, not the shots.

One of my favorite things to do is look up movie mistakes. This video is a prime example of shots that probably shouldn’t have made the cut.

This chapter gives great definitions and examples for a starting out film maker, not unlike those of us in this class. There is so much to consider when shooting and editing. Currently, I am in Broadcast communication as well and we have learned loads about what shots to get and where to get them and how to edit them into a news story that is easy for the audience to digest and informative at the same time. That class expects a little bit different, but ultimately, the rules of the road still apply.

From that class, I have learned that pictures are powerful, especially if they are moving! B-roll footage is sometimes the most important footage because it fills in parts that we cannot always explain. B-roll helps the audience know time, place, etc. and is very important in the editing process.

Another very important element is sound. Natural sound, spoken sound, any sound is a vital glue in the process of a video. Sound is what keeps the pictures flowing and gives all sort of information to the audience. It is so fun to get good audio that is just as powerful as the picture it accompanies. But the worst is getting back and finding out there is no sound at all to accompany your pictures…yes it has happened to me. Yuck!

Broadcast is really going to be of use to me since I have some experience. But for those who don’t have as much, this chapter really explains the basics well!

Podcast

For our podcast project, Amy Lawrence, Sinead Haughey and I teamed up to discuss dating in the digital world. Listen to our podcast for expert analysis and peer evaluation of how dating has been effected by technology in recent years.