CSS Framework Practice/P2 Self Reflection/P2 DeLorean

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http://web.pdx.edu/~prosales/342/delorean/index.html

CSS Framework Practice

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http://web.pdx.edu/~prosales/342/cssframework/index.html

P2 Self Reflection

Project two was challenging for me because of the product I chose to create my site about. I think I had a hard time wrapping my mind around how to communicate the concept of the DeLorean time machine in a way that looked like this car could be a real thing. If I had to do it over again I would have chosen a product that I could was more straight forward and therefore I could focus my efforts on explaining how it works and other essentials to the site. Live and learn I suppose.

I found the voice over of Doc Brown to be humorous and reminded me for a moment that making this site could be fun and playful as well. I wasn’t sure how to do this at the time but I figured it out and will take that as a small victory during the building of this site. I also like the imagery I choose to put in the site I felt it worked really well in showing off this amazing vehicle. The photo gallery I used I felt worked to show a lot of pictures if someone were into that sort of thing.

If I had more time I would have found a better way to explain how the car worked. I would use some different plugins or animations perhaps to make that experience better for the user. My type and color choice seemed appropriate at the time but I might try to take a few more chances next time. Overall I’m okay with what transpired and will learn from this going forward.

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Website Review (Wacom Cintiq)

The Wacom site is selling the Cintiq tablet as high end option for the most demanding graphic artists in the professional world. The most impressive selling point on the site is the Cintiq’s ability to draw directly on to the tablet screen as opposed to drawing on the black Intuos tablet while looking up at our monitor. I have done this myself and sometimes it can feel a little awkward drawing on a tablet while looking at the screen. The site shows a video of a guy drawing directly on the screen just as if you would with paper and pen, it looks so easy. Expensive, but so very intuitive. Another selling point they convey is the ability to take it with you anywhere. Because the Cintiq is an all in one tablet, with the screen built into the tablet you can literally take it with you exactly how you would a laptop.

The value of the product is communicated nicely with a combination of images of the product as well as a small amount of text to explain whatever it is they want you to look at. The images are large and are supported by smaller zoomed in angles for a more detailed experience. They have a video/demo that is really helpful in showing the consumer how easy it is to use and how portable the Cintiq really is. The site also uses icons to make it easier for you to see how everything works and highlight its most significant features.

The character of the product is colorful, artistic, and fun. I think the site captures this by using a lot of color in the images of the product they use. They do a nice job of showing people using the product and creating artwork themselves so that you can imagine doing it yourself. Looking at other people drawing and creating things so easily on the Cintiq makes me want to buy one, if it didn’t cost $1999.00!

I definitely think the site is meeting it’s objectives. The only thing I would’ve liked to have seen was a video with people creating art on the Cintiq with music playing. If you have seen the new Adobe Photoshop 25 Year Anniversary commercial you know how effective this can be from a marketing standpoint.

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P1 Final Site & Self Evaluation

Evolution of Air Jordans turned out to be a pretty clean site when it was all said and done. I ended up going in this direction because my first direction about the evolution of basketball shorts was becoming increasingly difficult and I found myself losing interest after a while. I felt like I had pretty good success using stellar, waypoints, and smooth scrolling to have a nice look and feel to the site. Some things I wish I could have done: include all the Air Jordans from 1985-2003, include all the colorways the shoes came in, and include more detail information about the shoe. Bottom line I just ran out of time. Maybe I’ll include more by the end of the term if it still bugs me.

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