For my project in one of my classes we had to use the pen tool on Illustrator and outline a picture of a monkey holding a paint gun and then add color to the image as well. This is the image that my teacher gave me(on the left) and then from it i managed to create the image (on the right).
After I had created the image and added color I had to add shadows to it as well. The image (above) is the final version of the monkey that I will be handing in.
The website I choose to redesign was Digital Dreams! So far some complications I have had are deciding what information to put on the redesign and what information to leave behind. I decided to keep the design simple, going to add more information about the event and a link to get the photos. The only complication I have had so far is finding the logo online with a transparent background. Since I was unable to find that for the Digital Dreams logo I am going to need to use the lasso tool and the magic wand in order to remove the white behind the words for when I put in the background. I am trying my hardest to keep the design simple but I feel that might be difficult since there is so much information to try to fit into such a small section.
An issue I am continuing to have is the layout and design of the website, I keep on forgetting that space is limited so I need to choose carefully what makes it into my final version of the website redesign. Every time I add an image to the layout I have to choose their size and make it as similar to the other images I’m adding as possible. The social media pictures took some time to realign and again I was unable to find images of you tube and also soundcloud without a transparent background. So yet again before I put the final background on I need to lasso these images to remove the white so it doesn’t look fake, and gives the website more authenticity. Choosing to put the “Presented by:” and “Powered By:” In the bottom corner seemed to be the best idea in order to assure that both sides of the website were even and did not draw your eye fully to one side without at least a glimpse at the other side. I was trying to balance the website and add balance by having all social media and funders in alignment. Placing the ruler helped a lot with this since it helped me to know how much space I should use when placing the images and text. I am continuously forgetting to rename each layer. Let alone remembering to put things that should be grouped together into a folder. This project is beginning to come together and hopefully soon the final image will be designed.
I have now decided that the simplest background that does not draw your eye away from the information would be a purple background that slowly turns into white. Now that I have done this I need to lasso the digital dreams title, Sound Cloud and Youtube in order to make the background look as if it belongs within the pictures instead of just placed behind everything. A big challenge would be decided how much more information to add to the design. Since the layout is almost finished I do not want to begin cluttering the website design and making it look as if the information was just thrown around in order to fit as much as possible. I will most likely just add a search engine to give your email for updates, as well as a panel in the top corner to let you get to different pages such as map, directions/location, hotels, etc. Other than that I do not want to add the gallery or official after math video to the front page for I feel it will make you miss the important information such as, when the event is and how much it will cost you to attend. Putting the company’s funding the event on the front page would help the funders feel included and not be as inclined to stop funding the event.
SUCCESS!! I have completed my website. One thing that was bothering me for a while as I began finishing the website was the search engine to get to other pages. It kept bothering me that I could not find a more complex design so I ended up just drawing in the box and colouring it blue to match the Bud Light logo and since blue is a nice accent to the purple. Overall I feel the project was a huge success, after many hours of finding a website, choosing how to design it, and actually designing the website it came out just as I had hoped. The project was a lot more fun than I had originally anticipated. After spending most of my time reorganizing the name of the files I managed to name them all something that suited what they were. The folders were easy to decide what went in them once I got started and the lassoing of images to get rid of the white was simpler than I had expected it to be. I had to solve one major issue near the end but with the help from a friend we realized that the bar to get to other pages of the site belonged at the top and not under the title otherwise the site became to confusing. Hopefully I designed the website to my teachers likings and not just to a way that I would enjoy seeing. Another issue I had was with the background, at first I had wanted it to be of outer space but I quickly realized that I drew too much attention away from the actual information so I went for something simple and subtle. Overall the layout of the website seems to catch my eye far more than the old website. The new design would also cause the viewer to go to other pages for information with a simple click of a button instead of not being able to get to other pages of the website and having everything on one page.
One of my main hobbies would be dancing. I danced from a young age until grade 11 when I realized I needed to focus more on school and less on a fun activity. Even now dancing is one of my favourite past times. I will often go to edm venues such as Digital Dreams and Veld to escape reality and dance all day. I’ll admit its tiring but its well worth it, to be able to move to the music and not have anyone judge me for dancing funnily. Majority of the time when I really get into the music would be in a tented room commonly called the Boom Tent or House of Boom. In these sections of the festival the beats are incredibly loud and everyone usually dances more spaced out. This is usually where I get to dance around like a maniac. I feel free when I get to dance and move to the beat. It would have to be my favourite past time just because people will have dance offs or even copy one another’s moves to really get into the groove of the song. As long as I am laughing and having a good time anything is good with me. Even though my favourite past time is dancing many other things interest me. Another hobby would have to be just hanging out with my friends or playing video games. I especially like watching someone play a video game involving a ps3 or xbox. I am not very skilled at moving my hands around that big of a console so me and my best friend usually stick to playing Rayman on her Wii. Overall my interest go all over the place from things I like to do, from reading, to working out, to just hanging out. As long as I am having fun or the people I am with are having fun anything goes with me. I am pretty easy going when it comes to making plans as long as we just enjoy one another’s company.
The most important thing to me is family. They are with you from the moment you are born until either you pass away or they do. They see you take your first steps, and they help you learn life lessons. Your family, whether immediate or second cousin are always going to be there for you. They are not like friends. You are unable to pick and choose who you want to talk to. With family you are born into being apart of them. They love you, and cherish you and spend all their free time trying to help you have the best life possible. I love my family more than I could every explain. My mom is always willing to help me, learn how to cook, clean, understand a life issue, or to just be there for me. She would always let me talk to her about anything and I never felt as if I was being judged when I would tell her something that happened to me or my friends. My dad is just as caring as my mom, he was always there as a kid when I couldn’t fall asleep and I would go downstairs to see him playing a video game or just watching tv. He would let me stay up then he would carry me upstairs. From a young age my dad and I have always gotten along, we have very similar interests and it made us spend a lot of time together. My sister is just 16 months older than me and is fairly different that me. She is into fashion and she has had a serious boyfriend for a while. But that never stopped us from spending time together and we have always gotten along. Sure we fight about who gets to shower first or why she can stay out later than me but we have never had a serious fight that made us stop talking. When we were younger we used to have sleepovers and fall asleep hugging each other hoping that we would wake up still hugging. I love my family more than the world and no one would ever be able to replace them. They are there when I need them, and I am there when they need me. We are more than family. We are friends. I love them each so much.