Self Evaluation and Final Project

http://web.pdx.edu/~twojahn/342/Knives/index.html

(click the CHEF’S knife, *far right*)

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Even though this project was one of the most challenging for me, and even though it really didn’t turn out how I planned, I’m really proud of it. Not because it looks or works amazingly, but because I feel like I really did trouble shoot the majority of it on my own.

The biggest bummer for me is the fact that it’s incredible UNresponsive. in fact, it’s the antithesis of responsive. The browser needs to be sized to the exact width of the page, or it will be off. (pro-tip, use the image at the bottom as a reference for the width of the browser.)

The other big issue I had was triggering animations. I really had no way of doing that because I couldn’t get waypoint to work. So 90% of the animations are only triggered by the page loading.

I’m most proud of the final “cutting” transition. I looked for a plug-in for a while before just deciding to figure it out on my own. And I did! It took a super long time, and I wish I had more of it, but I was able to do exactly what I had envisioned, and I think it looks good.

For the most part though, I think the overall vibe and aesthetic are pretty darn successful.

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Product Website Review

I reviewed the website for the Wacom Intuos Tablet. The value of the product is communicated through some really clean, nice photography. The angles and contrast used through the images and layout of the page really makes the product feel high quality and relevant. The website incorporates illustrations clearly drawn using the tablet, and there are some action images of the tablet in use which really set the stage for what experience the product has to offer. The character of the product is clean, sleek, and “easy to use”, and the product photography helps convey the modern, professional aesthetic.

I would say the site page definitely meets it’s objectives. They do an incredible job presenting the product. I would only argue that the page might be a little bit TOO busy for the type of product and vibe they are going for. The background colors and textures change all throughout the page, and while the majority of it is successful, it might help to have a little more consistency throughout the sections.

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Evaluation and Comps!

This project was more of a struggle for me than those in the last coding class. I would venture to say that it was challenging pretty consistently from beginning to end. I think even the topic I chose was just a little too abstract of a narrative. It was also the first time I had coded since the previous class, which definitely proved an issue in the beginning. I also have never really worked with plug-ins, and I’m pretty sure that to this day I have not successfully installed one on my own. Which is pretty telling for how my website ultimately ended up.

Here’s what I do like. I think the overall concept, while it may not have worked very well for this project, was a nice idea that I’m happy to be able to show to my parents. I also like the color and general aesthetic. It’s simple but colorful with lots of pleasing, vibrant colors. I’m also proud of the plug-in’s that I was actually able to get working. Even some simple Jquery. There is a certain amount of pride gained when you have an idea for a Jquery action, and see it through to the end through your own research and time (with little to no assistance from others). 

Here’s what I don’t like. It’s way too simple, and has virtually no variation aside from the pictures themselves. The site doesn’t have much depth beyond what you see. And while I like the simplicity, I definitely could have pushed it further. Ultimately I think that particular struggle was a direct result of the concept I chose. It was too broad for what I was able to handle. 

All that being said, I’m ready to wipe my hands of this one and move onto the next. 

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