Top Blog-Sites

1. WordPress.org

Description: WordPress gives you full control over every aspect of your site. Thousands of mobile-friendly themes allow you to switch the design of your blog at the touch of a button. Used by professional bloggers, portfolios, college students, and beginners.

2. Wix.com

Description: This blog is perfect for portfolios and business-based blog uers only. Similar to Squarespace, but doesn’t include any coding skills. Graphic interfaces and design options are included as well. Free accounts are limited in capabilities, but it is completely useful for portfolios.

3. Joomla.com

Description: Blog site is more of a content management system. It is powerful and flexible, suitable for building more than blogs. Holds hundreds of professional templates, making it easier to change the design of a website. Has lots of available extension for adding more features and functionality. 

4. Medium.com

Description: This holds a community for writers, bloggers and journalists from all around the world. It focuses completely on content creation, not running or designing the site around it like other programs (Example, Dreamweaver)

5. Squarespace.com

Description: Mostly aimed for small businesses, but it has a ton of blogging capabilities which is the reason why it’s among the best blog sites out there. More people find it easier to use than other programs like Adobe Dreamweaver and Glitch. It provides 24/7 customer support, capable of building online stores, and it is beginner friendly.

Inspirational Websites

http://anthonyblasko.com

Description: One of the best things about this website is the simple color scheme, the organization of the content and amount of space in-between the photographs. The high quality photos also give off better amusement. The information is simplified and the plain white background is normal when presenting work/information.

 

https://catherinereitzart.com

Description: This website has well organzied grid structure. Strong photographic work on the side with all social media linked information along the same bar as the other content.

 

https://leenheyne.nl

Description: This website features interesting characteristics for photography and unique typography and color scheme, a design aesthetic that was common way. The simple photographic background with a strong focal point could help figure the viewer out what exactly youre specializing in. Other than that, everything else seems alright. Content is very well organized and makes type easily readable.

 

Befunky – https://www.befunky.com/features/graphic-designer/

Description: The simple imagery on the homepage is very unique, the stylization and content are pretty well organized. This website holds all the characteristics and is incredibly well-constructed. The grid structure is well constructed. The color scheme is also amazing too.

 

Sprec – https://sprec.com

Description: The website sticks to a grayscale color scheme, absent of any other color, even making their videos on the site all grayscale. The moving imagry is really cool, but also very difficult to construct, but ammuses the viewers eye by a lot. Falling closely in line with broken grid layouts and asymmetry, having items overlap each other can bring visual interest to specific types of content on a page.

 

https://56.digital

Description: It’s website showcases a rather large navigation — making it the center of their website instead of a smaller part of their site.

 

GV Artworks – https://gvartwork.com

Description: The color scheme, the grid structures and the spacing between the photographs are pretty amusing. Sometimes

 

https://www.planoly.com/marriottbonvoy

Description: The website has a very unique color scheme, the variety of photographs and the grid structure is nice looking. The imagry is very helpful for viewers to know what exactly the website specializing to be. One thing that inspires me it develop my own website as well. Pretty self-explainatory and helps bring together a lot of information about the business and website as a whole.

 

Alex Coven – https://www.alexcoven.com

Decription: The website features powerful hierarchy. With different color schemes happening in  different parts of the web page. Each section of the webpage is decorated differently. Not only does the typography have a bending effect, but it also auto-scrolls left and right and allows me to scroll up and down. The color scheme is amazing and the content changes opacity everytime when someone uses or doesn’t. Other than not having social media links at the bottom of the footer, it’s still is a unique website to look at and study.

 

Pintsize Design Co. – https://pintsizedesign.com.au

Description: Information becomes visble the further the viewer scrolls down the sites webpage. The color scheme isn’t much, but its simple, and sometimes simple is good. The Typography is very readable, not much variation but its very well informative. The Nav bar doesn’t have much, except for what the business is about and the contact information. The webiste also links all of its social media accounts from the web.

Project 2: Research

For Project 2 (Web 1), I decided to work on fixing up Euro-Gyro’s website. A local restaurant/bar and grill in Akron, OH. For my websites, I’m going to start using better photos to apply for my website, but first I compared it with 10 other websites of local bars and grills within the Akron/Summit County area.

10 Comparable Sites:

Client 1: EUROGYRO – Local Restaurant/Bar and Grill

Paragraph defining the client – The ideal customer is the type of client every restaurant needs to have. It is the client that matches better with your restaurant style. Having an ideal customer defined is important because no restaurant can serve all kinds of customers. It’s important that it makes the right first impression. It is necessary to understand who is your target public and what it is that your ideal customer has to have. Or what it is that your restaurant needs to have in order to serve that target audience. They also need to think about what will draw the attention of others in order to 

From what I learned from Euro-Gyro, was that their website is old fashioned. Another thing I’ve learned was that there wasn’t any

Having an excellent customer service and a well-developed website is most important at this stage so it can be a  challenge, but challenge accepted.

Paragraph defining the industry based on competitors, region or market – All competitors are also local bars and late night restaurants that serve typical bar food and alcohol to adults and college students. Since it’s considered a college hangout, it’s important that Euro-Gyro is the hot-spot on college campus. 

Define at least 3 Goals of the site –

  1. Just like any other website, you have to have basic information: address, phone number, contact email address. A common place to put this info is on a separate page, like a Contact Us or About page, but it should also be in a prominent place on the homepage and in the footer of the website. This makes it very easy for people who just want some quick general info to find it. Adding an embedded Google Map of your location is becoming standard practice, making it easier for visitors to get directions to your restaurant.
  2. Grab the customers attention with high quality to advertisements. For instance, photographs of their products are important in attracting new customers. Invest in high quality photography that highlights the food you actually offer. Just as important as the food is the interior of your restaurant.
  3. Creating a helpful site with proper information. The menu should be detailed and have its own page. Adding menu items directly into the site takes a little more time than simply uploading a scanned or PDF version, but the payoff is more than worth it.

‘Site message’ in one sentence – “Need something to eat, come to Euro and enjoy a nice beer and tasty gyros!”

Paragraph defining the audience or audiences of the site – The audience is mostly the general public, but the target audience is generally college students who love to drink and merrymakers with their friends and family at any hour of the day. Speaking from experience, its the place where people go to have a late night meal. If anyone is feeling like drinking or making a pick-up/delivery. 

Existing Site Map and proposed Site Map – The website currently has a working site map, but I feel like I can make it look better. Unlike some of the websites who just include the address and phone number only. 

 

 

 

 

HW: History of the Internet – 1/23/19

History of WWW on W3:

This article taught me a lot about the history behind the development of the world wide web. I’m not as familiar with its history, but it’s been a really interesting article to read about. It was easy to say ‘www’ means world wide web, but it was new for me to understand the timeline leading up to the current position of web and the status quo.
History of the Internet:
Not only did this video explain the invention from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet. Despite having having trouble with understanding the terminology and vocabulary, this documentary records a lot of information regarding the creation of the computer and the compatibility of networks merging to create the internet. I knew the internet was getting bigger, but never knew how fast it got within a 70 year period. It was also helpful in understanding the history behind the making of the internet as well as the importance of the internet in terms of research and development.
History of the Internet 2:

I remember how the internet used to be handled in rooms filled with machines, computers, and researchers, but now were ale to reduce the amount of materials we need to gain full access to the whole web. One thing I learned more from this video was how useful the computer was during the cold war and how it made a legacy in less than a century. I also learned how messages we’re ale to be sent thru computers until the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), in 1962. The part where the narrator  said, “There was a period in time where you couldn’t use the phone and internet at the same time.” I felt Wow, that statement right there just made me feel like an old timer instantly. Not only was this very knowledgable to learn about, but it helped me realize that the internet is one of the most important tools in research and knowledge, giving us access to countless amounts of information and sources from all across the globe. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sources became a product made from the internet. This show wouldn’t exist without the internet and to show respect to this  invention it gave give me a brief history of how it all came to be.
History of the Internet 3:

This video taught me how to bundle data into packets so they could send information to a different computer. Which I believe its important for graphic designers to know how the internet works and its historical importance. Believe it or not, my great uncle was a part of ARPA and helped developed the first phases of the arpanet. I didn’t know him very well, due to his passing, but my cousins would talk about how he loved bragging about being first internet gamers in history by sending jokes back and forth from one station to another station.
The Internet Then and Now:

What I learned from this assignment was Tim Berners-Lee, a contractor with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), developed a rudimentary hypertext program called ENQUIRE. From the article, it talked about how his program wasn’t ready to be introduced to the open public. For purposes of the web still acting as a series of simple text pages, difficult to navigate, and inaccessible to most people in general. It was developed in 1990 with the help of Robert Cailliau, another computer scientist and author who proposed the first hypertext system for CERN in 1987 and collaborated with Tim Berners-Lee on ‘www’ from before it got its name. In 1993, the Mosaic web browser was released, which allowed users to explore multimedia online. The introduction of the first modern search engines happened in 1993 as well. In 1994, “WebCrawler began to “crawl” the net, indexing entire pages of active websites,” which not only allowed this technology to open to door to ‘powerful search engines,” it made it possible to connect with other resources. Web 2.0 was created by then. It then later transitioned from web 2.0 to the www. The Internet has definitely made a name for itself in world history. The way you communicate and share information has changed. Its started out as a room filled with wires and machines, now we have smartphones that aren’t hard to handle.
1993:

The video from 1993, documented the impact the internet made on earth and records how the US was able to gain total access to anything  on the planet. The internet is considered the greatest invention of the 20th century and one that has revolutionized the way we perform even basic everyday tasks. There are very few things the internet isn’t capable of; whether that is ordering your shopping, checking your email, learning something new, socializing with friends, or any number of other tasks.

Way Back Machine:

This Internet archive isn’t just building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form, it’s a perfect example of a world wide network that stretches across various different research and information, making it a perfect search engine for academic and personal usage. Almost acting like a library that provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Makes life a lot easier now than it was before in the 1950’s.

mvv@uakron.edu

Article 2 – Web 1 Spring 2019

Article 2

double dash before psd

In the second article, Kyle Fiedler introduces ten basic design concepts and practices that each and every developer should know and understand how to use in order to succeed in the world of graphic design. I believe that Kyle Fielder covered a good variety of keynotes and lessons on how to properly study and use design to ones advantage. Mostly with knowing how to critique and stated,  “The best way to give constructive feedback is to call attention to the problems with the design.” As in every artist, people don’t always see the same things others may see. Each person has different guidelines in design, critiquing, knowing, and gaining perseverance. This article was extremely helpful, which is why I’ll always look back at it as well for future purposes.

https://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/10-design-concepts-web-developers-need-know-11135255