I enjoyed this course because I really like writing copy for web platforms. I loved learning about the various tools that I need to be an effective writer as well as the outlets I have to publish my content.
My first attempt at the Soft Launch was very messy and unorganized.
I revised my Soft Launch
I decided to:
1) Clean it Up:
Much like I did for my portfolio site I decided to follow the template placeholders and personalize them so that I can continue to gain an understanding of web design.
2) Rewrite the Copy:
Ms. Wray said I was the only person she can think of that wrote the copy in third person instead of first. I decided to not stand out and write the new copy in first person. I tried to imagine the life of Archer Ray and why he would end up running this kind of business
3) Organize my Content Logically
I re-evaluated how I phrased my content as well as the page names. I really wanted the site to be simple, personably and easy to navigate.
This is the revised version of the Holy Magdalena Cupcake Express website. It’s not quite ready for my portfolio but this is a great prototype to work on throughout school. I am going to download some of the other business content to add to my portfolio as well.
Here is my RISE Self-Evaluation Video
I want to start by acknowledging your professionalism and enthusiasm. It’s very admirable and encouraging to read your posts in Mightybells.
I am very happy that you connected your personal domain to your portfolio website. It makes the site appear more professional and also makes you appear invested in it. I decided against associating my domain because I wasn’t the happiest with the end result. I also really like how your name highlights to the color green when the mouse hovers over it. It a great additional way of getting to your home page.
With all your portfolio projects being videos my assumption is that they are your specialty. I understand if they are placeholders for other projects you are working on. Also on your About page you highlight your specific interest with the blue colored font, have you considered an underline or bold because the rest of the site seems to intentionally lack color. I understand if that encouraged your decision to highlight those words with blue.
I noticed on the About page the copy surrounding the photo is noticeably larger and than it drastically decreases in size. Have you considered a more subtle transition such as only having the word: HOWDY in a larger size. You could also change the size of the word “the” in the sentence ” the european nations…” so that the entire line is the same font size.
I like that you included the Skills tab under the Resume tab, this is something I would consider using in my own site, but perhaps you could include more resume information. Although you may not currently have media experience I would include the same resume you intend to use when getting your first media job.
You did a wonderful job and I definitely get a feel for who you are as a person as well as professional. It would be nice to see some military photos considering that is a big part of who you are. I wish you the best and hope that my critique helped you.
Best of luck,
Britney Lawrence Spears
After a semi disastrous Soft Launch, I decided to stick with the template elements and customize them until I get a better grasp of the layout and structure of good web design. In the future I would definitely like to change the colors of my portfolio to lavender, gray and hints of red, but I wanted to focus more on content. Here is my Portfolio Skeleton.
I felt confident in my understanding of the MCBS public-facing portfolio requirements. I am going to continue to work on this portfolio site through graduation until it meets my standards. I used WIX again, but I may redesign this site through WordPress. The best part of this assignment was designing my brand. Now that I’ve done this project I have a great idea of what I would like my professional portfolio site to contain and the image I want to present. This was an incredible experience.
I used one of my MCPP course projects. I submitted 2 2-star projects which were approved. They were a CD cover and Website for my husband who is a vocalist. I included the CD cover design and a poster design in my portfolio. I branded myself as a celebration designer so that I can include many elements of my design experience in my portfolio.
My resume page is my favorite visually. My actual design experience is not included so that’s an issue, but I enjoy how easy the resume page is to read.
My about page definitely needs more work. I like the copy but visually it doesn’t align with what I was trying to convey. It does not look conversational.
I am proud of what I created but I do not intend to market this site. This site will function as my “sketch” or skeleton as I work on my portfolio projects and actual professional portfolio. This was definitely my favorite project so far.
There was a lot of information in these videos. I focused mostly on understanding the “language” of HTML. I am confident that with additional practice I will be able to author a simple website and understand the code behind some of the blogs that I have published. I want to be able to troubleshoot and add basic elements to my websites and after watching this course a couple more times I will be able to do so.
I used several questions found on BeckyDavisDesigns because they are so thorough. As a client I would want to fill this form out. Because I am a student, I didn’t mind “borrowing” her questions. Before publishing my own questionnaire for clients I will have more experience and insight to customize my questionnaire. Currently I do not feel that I have enough experience to ask the right questions without referencing active professionals. I researched several web design questionnaires as well as the book, Web Design for Dummies Planning section. I really enjoyed how clearly Becky worded her questions. For this assignment I just couldn’t help wanting to answer all of her questions in order to complete my own portfolio website.
My questions and answers are below:
I am not going to include my personal information ( address, email, etc) but I understand they would be a necessity for a real client.
Do you have written content?
Please give a brief overview of the company, what do you do or produce?
Answer: I produce content and strategize for bridal, beauty and lifestyle brands.
What is the purpose of this site?
Answer: Explain my products or services
Do I have a time frame or deadline to get this site online?
Answer: 4 days
How much am I willing to spend?
Answer: $10-$15 ( domain name)
Describe my potential customers/clients?
Answer: beauty, bridal and lifestyle magazines, brands, pr firms and planning and event firms
What problems am I solving for my customers/clients?
Answer: relevant content quickly and professionally.
What action(s) should my user perform while or after visiting my site?
Answer: Call me or fill out a contact form
Make a list of all the sections/pages I think I’ll need:
Answer: About, Resume, Portfolio, Skills, Blog ( most likely linked)
Do I have the written content and images/photographs for these pages?
How do I want ( visitors) to feel about the site?
Answer: interested, thought-provoked, inspired
Are there corporate colors, logos, fonts, etc. that should be incorporated?
Is there already a logo, are you going to need one designed?
Answer: yes, redesigned
Is there a specific look and feel you have in mind?
Answer: simple, tasteful, artistic, beautiful
Please include at least 3 links of site of your competition? What do you like and don’t about them. What would you like differently or better?
lover.ly : I love the domain name. It’s great and unique. I enjoy the images. Because it is ” the new way to plan your wedding” I am not particularly fond of the layout. I am unsure how to use the site. I don’t know what they offer.
beinspiredpr.com: I adore the collage and the color scheme is nice ( although not my style). I do not like the cliche elements on the site although I understand why they are included because the company is trying to appeal to large corporations.
idopr.com I enjoy the simplicity of this site. Especially the home page. This is definitely my favorite site because it feels succinct, uses white space well, is easy to update. I also feel like I would get the most professional service from this company.
List up to 3 additional sites, they do not have to be related to my business:
themiddlefingerproject.com I really enjoy her page titles such as : “what is this place” ( about) or “unconventional ideas” (blog). I enjoy how the language is very direct and confrontational. It tells a real story about the business and its philosophy.
poetpainter.com I really enjoy the sincerity of this site. The site almost instantly gives an “expert” feel which is great for the web. His pages are simple and minimal, even though he has vast amounts of work he could show. It’s tasteful and makes you want to hire him.
How do people find out about my business right now?
Answer: They don’t. I am not currently in business
How do I plan to market your site?
Answer: Word of mouth, networking, professional organizations and events
Do you have any social network accounts setup?
Answer: Yes, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn
Do you want to link those accounts to your site?
Answer: Yes, maybe not Instagram yet.
Will you build your mailing list and use it for advertising?
Do you have printed materials ( business cards, catalogs, etc)
Answer: No, they need to be redesigned
If someone was searching for your product/services, what types of words might they use?
Wedding, Beauty, Lifestyle PR, Wedding, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger, Wedding Planning, Event Planning
Do you already own a domain name?
Do you have a hosting account already?
Will there be sections that need regular updating? Which ones?
Answer: Blog. After the initial launch, I will go back and take careful time creating each page, but after they are finalized the Portfolio will be updated as I create content. My resume will be updated in the same fashion. The blog will be updated regularly to develop my professional identity.
Would I like to do most of the updating myself?