Week 11

Well so far I created the first design draft for the homepage of Elif’s site.  Here is what it looks like…

design_abtokbay

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I wanted it to be simple, for Elif’s name and her work to be the focal point.  I think the large image in the homepage accomplishes that.  I stuck with the color scheme I found in kuler, making the red and green work together by adjusting the opacity so it isn’t so harsh and by using them more as accents to break things up subtly.

When I created the wireframe for this design it was looking pretty bare and I was worried it would be too plain so I added those floral shapes to break it up slightly.  Here is what it looks like without the shapes:

design_abtokbay_plain

The Lynda.com courses were so helpful in giving me ideas and the practice on how to use filters in Photoshop to create this draft.  I relied a lot on drop shadows and used them on every element – the header, image, shapes and navigation text.  I even used it on the rectangles to add some more depth.  I used a diffused glow filter on the background and header/footer rectangles to create texture.  I also used a radial gradient for the background, which also added emphasis on the image.  Here’s what it would look like without any of the filters:

design_abtokbay-without

I also ended up changing my mind on the image I originally envisioned for the homepage.  Here is the other picture I was going to use:

Home-Christy

I may end up switching, I’m not sure.  What do you think?

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