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Project Reflection




Society today has entered an era of instant gratification, a time of easy access to large amounts of information on almost any topic ranging from Zamboni’s to Alkatraz. This is due in large part to the coming of the home computer and the creation of the internet. The great variety in WebPages makes the internet a fun and interesting tool for almost everyone. But how often do you think about how everything got there? Where did all of the web pages come from, and how were they created? This quarter in web design our class got a firsthand look at the work involved to create a website, as we made ones of our own. Each student was required to define a topic of interest and create a multi-page website which fully described our topic. We were also required to create a flash creation to use on our website, and spent several classes learning how to use the Macromedia flash program. Our class learned how to create a website in several stages. First we learned about the code, and were all required to create a website by just writing code. This was an important step in the process, because it allowed us to trouble shoot later on by reading and interpreting our code. Next we learned how to use a program called Macromedia Dreamweaver, which allows the user to visually create a website, and fills in the code for each command you give it. After a few class projects, we were ready to work on our own and create a website, on our own, from start to finish. Doing this required a lot of responsibility and will power, because it is very tempting to sit at a computer and simply fool around. However, my persistence was rewarded and I ended up with plenty of time to finish my site.
To create my website I first created a flowchart of the different topics I wanted to cover. I then defined my website in Dreamweaver and titled all of my pages. The next few classes I spent finding pictures on Google images to use on my site. I found that it was easier to both save each picture to a file and copy-paste them into a word document with their web link below so that I would always be able to easily find the source of the image. After I had my images I began to work on my flash animations. I generated ideas for each animation by looking at the topics I had to cover and what I wanted to portray. All in all I created four animations for this project which helped to highlight key themes on each page. Then I made a basic design for the web page and essentially manufactured each page so that they would all look alike aside from the information provided. This was done for ease of use once the site is launched, so that it will be easy to navigate. One of the major problems I encountered was getting all of the portions, or cells, on each page to look alike. To solve this, I defined specific heights and widths for each cell, rather than leaving them all as default. Also, towards the end of the project Dreamweaver began to randomly insert dates and times into my WebPages, and also created extra headers and footers. This problem was a bit more difficult to solve because none of the unwanted information was displayed on the normal setting of Dreamweaver. To fix this issue I had to read through the code of each page, locate the issue, and delete the excess pieces without messing up the WebPages. This task really gave me an understanding of how web design works. I got an idea of the time required to simply design one, and also learned many of the issues which commonly come up.
As a student this task helped me greatly. I learned that Persistence really pays off when you continuously apply yourself to a topic. The entire process was self initiated, meaning I could either pass or fail, but it was all based upon my own actions and decisions. I also learned how to use various computer programs such as Macromedia Dreamweaver and Macromedia Flash. These programs are very useful because knowing how to use them, and using them well, will open many opportunities for me, ranging from the courses I can take in college, to the jobs I can look for in the future. This task also gave me a firsthand view of how procrastinating can really make life harder. It drove home the idea that, especially next year in college, I will be on my own, and the grades I get are directly based off of what I do and the effort I put in.





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