I always wanted to be Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. I can't fly, but swimming is the next best thing. It's harmony and balance. The water is my sky. ~Clayton Jones
Web Graphics and Design
13 June 2011
Fourteen time Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, once said, “"With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination." With this little bit of inspiration, anything can be accomplished, including creating a web page from scratch. For this common task, I had to create a website about a topic of my choosing, and no surprise I chose swimming. Even though this project was almost completely individual, there were a few requirements everyone had to meet. My website had to have a flash, which is a short animation created in Macromedia Flash, and the flash had to have its own page. Also my website had to have at least five pages, not including the home page, work cited, and reflection pages. My website had to have all of the good qualities a website should have, as outlined in the text I learned first semester about websites. This includes a format acceptable for my target audience and a breadcrumb trail that allows for easy access to the home, reflection and works cited pages. Although I had a few background skills coming into this class, I truly knew nothing about HTML or flash animation. The first 6 weeks of the class included learning how to make web pages solely using HTML, which steadily got more difficult. I started out by writing out the code the old fashion way in notepad. Once I understood the code we moved to Dreamweaver, which writes the code for me, making the process ten times easier due to my prior experience with the program. The next step was completing a flash using flash animation. We participated in several activities with flash and then had to copy one from the internet to the best of my ability. There was no specific scaffolding for the task; it was just all the little assignments that built up to prepare me for creating this website. I acquired the skills of knowing how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash. I demonstrated skills such as being able to follow directions, and research information. These skills are important because I needed to find information for my website and know how to create the final website.
The process I used to create this website was quite simple. First, I learned how to use Dreamweaver and Flash by following exercises in as specified by the text. Second, I had to decide a topic that I would research and create a website about. Third, once I decided I was going to use Swimming as the topic of my website, I mapped out my website, specified my target audience and created lists of what each web page would include. Lastly, I created a website and flash animation about swimming, and published it to the school web site. The obstacle I encountered in this task was just making sure I completed the task on time. I take my time on things, so I spent a lot of time on this website and I almost didn’t finish on time. I fixed this error by hurrying up my pace, coming after class to work on the site and trying to not get distracted. This task helped me understand Web Design because I learned how to make a website and what guidelines and organizational tips that are required to be followed. It also helped me understand how hard it is to make a well run and organized website and gave me tremendous respect towards those who do this for a living.
The completion of this task has helped me as a student by showing myself that I can learn new information and put it to use and make the project that I had to for the grade that I wanted. I learned a lot about Dreamweaver and that helped me tremendously in finishing this task. I also had to work alone for this task and I had to use problem solving skills throughout completing the entire task. I anticipate using these skills in the future because computers are becoming a very big part of our lives and I am sure that I will have to put these skills to work sooner or later in my school career. When that time comes I will be ready to go to work and get it done, with a little imagination anything can be done.