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November 19, 2006

EL405 Patchwork Progress on Project 2

Friday night was a geek-out for me. Stephan helped me to find some tutorials that I could understand, and things spiraled from there.


I hadn't intended on spending the time from after dinner till bedtime in front of the computer with Flash running... but that's what happened. 6 hours on the computer is not healthy, and don't let anyone tell you differently.


I did make a bit of progress, though. I learned how to create a scrolling text box (creating a scrollbar) and also how to create a kind of "portfolio" photo display in which the images are displayed when you hover over thumbnails or another kind of button. I was pretty proud that I was able to make these things work!

My Flash portfolio is going to be interesting, I think. I also took a long, hard look at SHU's portfolio guidelines. I printed the expectations for my major, and took notes on what I'd like to include (if possible). Ultimately, I want my portfolio to be straightforward and interesting--not too teched-out that it's unaccessible to others, but creative enough to prompt interest.


I'm really pleased with the template design I've come up with, too. I had been thinking about a theme, since a good title is one of SHU's guidelines, and I really wasn't sure what to do. The theme I picked out freshman year doesn't seem applicable anymore, so I just played around with ideas. I thought about doing polkadots... since I really like dots... but I decided that I should sway from that. Squares, I thought; there's an idea. I made some squares and played around with the border edges to see what I could make them do (sort of like the dotted edges on the buttons in my game). This really sparked some interest in me. I played with colors (which I will probably continue to play with, since I want it to be personal and professional at the same time...) and I really like how things are shaping up.

Any feedback is welcomed.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at November 19, 2006 10:13 AM


Like I said before, I think the patchwork/crafty stuff is really you, and I like what you've placed here.

The final shot--is that the template for when you put up your pieces of writing? If so, I think some kind of "read more" link would be great for navigation, as well as maybe a button to other parts of your presentation. This is relatively easy; you just need the code to go to a scene and stop. (I can give it to you if you're interested). Your presentation reminds me of mine in some ways, and a lot of the principles of website design are transferrable, and I know you can do that. :-)

Kudos, Karissa on your start. And six hours on a computer--I spent eight on a Mac yesterday--and I have to agree.

Posted by: Amanda at November 20, 2006 8:06 AM

I really like your patch-work theme as well!

My suggestion, from a design standpoint, would be to use two fonts. You can use the felt marker font for the headers and titles. But also choose a thinner, smaller font for the body text. It will be easier to read and also add some variety to the piece. Either a serif or sans serif font would work... the Marker font you are using is sort of a serif'd font, so try both and see what is most pleasing.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at November 20, 2006 8:41 PM

Thank you thank you, Mike, for the design advice! I've never had classes in this stuff and I don't pretend to have anywhere near the experience as you, so I shall experiment with the fonts to see what is aesthetically pleasing. Much obliged :)

Amanda, thanks for the offer for the code, but I had to use that sort of "go to and stop" stuff for my game to work. I appreciate your willingness to share, though :) Let me know if I can share any aspects of what I'm doing with you, too! And thank you for the (indirect?) compliment, dear. :-D

Posted by: Karissa at November 21, 2006 1:17 AM

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