Reflection One

I believe that with the knowledge I have so far, I have created an emotional and responsive design to the best of my ability. Emotionally speaking, I believe that my personality really shines through in my website. I believe it is very easy to read and comprehend, and I believe it is a very calming and aesthetically pleasing website. By looking at my home page, you can see that I am a designer (because it states that I am under my name). You can also probably tell that I am artistic from my personalized logo and my toolbar which lists all the artistic categories I showcase on my website. My website also portrays that I like things very neat and clean with simple lines and muted colors.

My about page comes first, because I want my viewers to get to know me a little before they dive into my work. First and foremost, I have a picture and a link to my art Instagram account. The screenshot of my account shows my handle, my bio, and my profile picture, which is a self-portrait. I believe adding a screenshot of my art account makes it more personal, and makes it more likely for people to click on the link and see my Instagram. Under the box about my art Instagram, I have my professional statement as well as my listed services I provide. My audience can read where I get my inspiration from in my statement, and quickly see what I specialize in under the list of services. I believe a list is much more eye-grabbing and effective than writing out a paragraph of all of my services. Finally, I have my resume linked in my about page which matches the rest of my website, so that it stays consistent and continues to show my personality. Next, I have my three pages of my artwork. Each picture is displayed with the year and/or description of the work to give it some more context for my audience. Finally, I put the contact tab last so that after they have seen all of my website, they have the option to contact me.

Responsively speaking, I made sure to code each screen size differently so that it was the most appealing and readable. For example, I stretched the pictures and content out to the edges and stacked them on top of each other on the mobile phone screen size because if they were next to each other like on the tablet or widescreen computer screen size, the font and pictures would have to be very small and it would be very difficult to read. My plan for my website at the beginning was quite different than how it turned out. Originally, my navigation bar consisted of Contact, Portfolio, and Services (in that order). After having one of my conferences, we discussed that this was not the most human-centered design. We decided that we should put the services in with the about page. Originally, the portfolio would link to three separate pages: Photography, Graphic Design, and Studio Art. This would force the viewer to click three separate times. Instead, we decided to lay out all three categories in the navigation bar to make them more accessible. I believe these decisions made my website a lot more human-centered and user-friendly. If I had more time and/or experience, I would like to add some more interactive features to my website that allows my audience to engage in my website a little bit more.