Final Project Proposal

There is really just one big problem with this project, and it really narrows down my choices to, well, one.  I am not a “proactive” idividual, in that I really am not involved with much of anything; I don’t have a job, I am not a member of a club, and I don’t really involve myself with entities of any sort.  So when we get right down to it, the only option I have is a personal portfolio site, and even that would showcase very little.  I am currently taking a few online classes such as: 3D Computer Graphics (ART154), Video Editing (ART 161), and Interactive Design (ART 171).  I could do a website archive of my coursework, but that’s as creative as I can get and it still be (possibly) within the parameters of the assignment.

I would hate to be the special exception, but again, I am not a person that is involved with anything other than schoolwork.

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Weeks 5-7 (in retrospect)

I realize how late this is.  It is now week seven and I am just now posting in regards to weeks five through seven, it is really late but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I should not discuss anything about them.  During those weeks we covered in class the basics of Fireworks and exporting image files, we started a banner project, and (on a personal note) my computer crashed.  Not that I am offering this as a legitimate excuss, but with stressors from the past couple weeks my blog has not been in the forefront of my mind, and I haven’t exactly been thinking about it.

All-in-all I think that I have a firm grasp on how to use Fireworks, and the general idea of exporting files to use in html; I will never claim to be an expert, especially if I am still a student.  There is not much else to really say in retrospect regarding weeks five and six, so I would like to now turn to week seven.

This week we started discussing animation using Fireworks.  This was new to me because I did not know that Fireworks even did animation!  When we really got right down to it, it was not really as in-depth of an animation program as I was hoping, but then again we aren’t dealing with Flash.  Regardless, the two methods of animation share the same principals, you are creating frame by frame “flip-books”.  That was really the long-and-short of this weeks lessons.

I would include the notes and reading material from weeks 5-7 like I normally do, but when my computer crashed I lost those o-so-special files.

Week 4

First off there are some things that I don’t fully understand but we were told to use them in our resume project:

  • The “clear” tag: apparently this suspends any float that the element is in (I get it, but I need more practice with it)
  • The “clearfix” class selector I really didn’t understand.  I know it was supposed to center an element between two others, and it did, but I just don’t get the context of what exactly it was doing.

That was pretty much the extent of what I didn’t understand, and I know it isn’t much but it is really frustrating to not understand something that seems to have an integral part of the project.

For the most part I understand everything else, and the Lynda.com videos helped me get some practice in.

CSS is the instruction an HTML follows for styling,

Selectors are used to select,

Inheritance cascades down the hierarchy,

Everything is in a box,

Floating helps us control those boxes,

Blah blah blah,

Overflows are unseemly,

Font control is extensive,

Font control is browser dependant,

All-in-all there is a lot covered this week, but almost nothing too difficult; regardless, it is all material I will need to refer back to in the future.

Week 3

There was a little bit of learning this week, but nothing really new; a lot of the material was absorbed through the experience this week.  After all the experience is what really matters

I suppose that the most important thing to keep in mind is the hierarchy in html, as well as in the CSS.  Never forget the syntax either, you forget that and you could spend a lot of time searching for that missing bracket, semicolon, etc.  Speaking of html-css relationships, a link code (<a ref=”**”>) is only one way to go and the relationship should be =stylesheet in that case.  Web Design Notes Week3 are the notes given to us through the Angel website and cover the finer details.

We also delved a bit into Photoshop.  When I say “delved” I really mean “toe-tested” in that all we really experimented with was resizing and exporting in JPEG, GIF, and PNG to be used in the websites we make (once again with <a ref=”**”>), but who can blame us?  The majority of Photoshop sounds like something we would focus on in another course.

That was really the depth of our learning material this week; but, as I had said before, most everything we have done this week was a learning experience.  I have to say it is a lot harder to say what I have learned through an experience but, that said, I know it has made a better improvement on my knowledge in the field.  Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, coding, and I are no longer merely aquaintances that know one another only by name; we are a little more familiar with each other and a little more comfortable in a social environment.

I feel like I could go with them to the movies and not feel weird, at least not until the theatre staff tells me to turn off my laptop.

Week 2

Well, it feels like it has been a busy week.  I feel like I have gotten a lot accomplished and most of it is with this class.  I have created two basic HTML pages, set up my Dreamweaver FTP, taken a quiz, bought DnD Commander, done some stuff for the Video Editing course, and a few other things (mostly moving furniture).  That said, I still have a ways to go: I need to finish this post, review some Lynda videos, get started on a Video Editing project, sketch out a couple of pictures, help install some truck brakes, and I am sure I am forgetting more so I will have to review all my course schedules.  Thank God it’s Friday.  Alright, enough of that; what I learned this week relevant to this class:

HTML tags

A lot, lets just say: basic-tags

And while that may cover pretty much everything I learned about HTML tags, allow me to sum up some “rules”

Nesting= tags inside tags= <tag a><tag b>text</tag b></tag a> and they have to be closed in the proper order too.

Spaces= space bar, return, tab, etc.= they don’t amount to a hill of beans between tags

meta charset= “character set”= the alphabet, numbers, symbols, and all of those characters.  “utf-8” supports many of them but there are a few fancy characters that it won’t support which show up as placeholder squares.

Oh and do not forget to close any tags you open or else you might scramble a nicely made omelet.  Not a very apt analogy, because you can’t unscamble an omelet but if you find the missing close tag you can fix that in a second.

 

Some other stuff

I could talk about setting up the FTP on Dreamweaver, but to be honest, I didn’t really learn much from that; I just followed instructions.  I could probably do it again but that’s about it, I hope Lynda teaches me more.

I read Chapter 2 of the book “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design” by Jason Beaird (he can be pretty funny) which was all about colours and color theory.  What I learned from that is that it may be simpler to just talk about colors that shouldn’t be used together.  Beaird talks about Analogous, Complimentary, Monochromatic, Achromatic, Split-Complimentary, Triadic, Tetradic, and variations there-of then he talks about the rule breaking color schemes that shouldn’t rightfully work, but then there is the whole “it is a matter of personal aesthetics”.  The bit about assembling various colored objects for the client at the end was really interesting and possibly a good practice to adopt, I really liked that he included that in the book.  I was also excited when he covered the hexidecimal color values, because it was something I had always wondered about but never got around to looking it up on the glorious Internet resource, and I was surprised at how simple Beaird made it sound.  I love learning something like that.  Always.

Week 1

There is a lot of common knowledge stuff covered in this weeks material, but being the first week of the class I wouldn’t dare ask for anything else.  Regardless of how well-known some of this should be to “generation x” it is still some pretty interesting stuff:

The Internet is a network of computers.  The World Wide Web is a collection of knowledge.  A Web Server is a computer that contributes to the World Wide Web through the Internet.

HTTP= Hypertext Transfer Protocol= rules of the World Wide Web

URL= Uniform Resource Locator= if the WWW was a neighborhood/county/state the URL is the street address

HTML= Hypertext Markup Language= the bones and behaviors of the web page

CSS= Cascading Style Sheets= the skin and looks of a web page (I wiki-ed it)

WYSIWYG= What You See Is What You Get= not just a funny word but also a way to create a website while viewing the edits and developments in real-time

A Browser is a way to access the WWW from a local computer, the one I use is Internet Explorer, however I have noted that Google Chrome is becoming more popular over the past year and drawing away from other browsers.  Platforms (the computer operating systems) may conflict with certain browsers, like Internet Explorer does not work with Macintosh computers.

Some URL naming rules: letters, numbers, and underscores ( _ ), any special characters or punctuation is a no-no, keep file names simple and use the proper extension to indicate file type.

Tim Berners-Lee creates the World Wide Web Consortium in 1989.  The W3C was an insurance for the communal growth of the WWW and “documents HTML and CSS recommendations for standardized coding”

HTML code:

<tag>

Link tags give directions to pull files

Head and Body Tags format the information on a page

Structural Markup tags set a hierarchy of code

Script tags process information through databases

Hyperlinks are one of the biggest things on the web, very popular and very useful; in fact we have done this several times already for the class.  If I could make an analogy: a hyperlink is like a “portkey” from Harry Potter, you click on it and it takes you somewhere else!

These are the notes that I took as I went through and read the lecture; of course, as more information becomes available my understanding of the material will change and evolve until my understanding of the Internet and the World Wide Web progresses and matures beyond neanderthalic wikiwalking.  Hyperlinks are fun.

Welcome!

Here we are, this is my little nook of the Internet (I guess).  As you may guess I am not an active blogger… in fact I am not a blogger at all, so I feel it is a little unfair to ask me to do this sort of thing.  It makes me feel exposed.  But, this is a requirement for the class so I will just have to suck it up and deal with it.  Actually, that was the motivation for the blog title; coming from the saying “Couldn’t see the forest for the trees“.  If you don’t already know it means one focuses on the details more than the big picture, so I shall sacrifice my focus on Forest to focus on the class itself.

Looking forward to working with you all, cheers!