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?

Final Project Proposals

The first idea I have is for my youngest sister’s freelance make up business.  She has been slowly growing it over the years and we have often talked about how having a website would be beneficial to her business.  Working together we would be able to create a good amount of content together as over the years we’ve brainstormed a lot of ideas and she has been kind of bugging me to help out with this anyway.  There is a tren show this weekend that she is working for Smashbox Cosmetics in Annapolis that I can go to to get photographs, in addition to upcoming weddings.  I could also reach out to any number of her friends for wedding pictures to showcase her make up work (she’s literally done the make up for 98% of her 10,000 friends).

We’ve also talked about setting up a photo shoot to display her more creative side (like in fashion magazines).  I would also create a page that spoke of her background, a Q&A page where she offers advise for frequently asked questions and/or a blog about products or trends she likes, a page about the services she offers and contact information.  We would have to come up with her corporate identity but we have been working on that concept already.

My second idea is to create a portfolio of my work.  It would include digital work from the 3 graphic design classes I’ve taken so far in addition to my artwork (drawing/painting).  Honestly, I feel that working on my sister’s site is the better idea for now.  I do want a website to showcase my work, but I do not really feel that I have enough work in this medium yet to make an impact.  I believe that my sister’s site would be a better choice to help build my own portfolio.