Category Archives: Frustrations, revelations and other ramblings

Major Revelation – And my new website

Hi guys,

Summer holidays are over, so here we go again. My last semester at Noroff and all… I’m not done until March though 🙂

First of all, I’ve gotten a new web-host and a fresh new domain name for my website, which is: www.marithexnilsen.net
I am using one.com, as they seem to be pretty decent.

Also, I was struggling with adding Flash work to my website through Dreamweaver before the summer came.
The SWF files would simply not show on the website when published to server, nor when I wanted to preview in browser through Dreamweaver.

Problem was actually in Dreamweaver itself, it wasn’t my fault!

I noticed a weird thing in my flash code, and it looked like this:

“<param name=”swfversion” value=”17.0.0.0″>”

I was wondering if the code referred to the Flash version, and it actually was. Dreamweaver thought that there was a Flash version 17.0.0.0.
I normally get an update whenever there is a new version, and I knew we were right around version 11.

I googled it, and found this very useful thread:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4598387

I changed the code to:

<param name=”swfversion” value=”11.0.0.0″>

El presto! It works, and I might be able to get a good night sleep again.

Rock’n’Roll

-Marit

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Week 24 – Principles of shape – Learning Activity 6.1

“In this exercise, you shall create one Flash document, containing 5 scenes.

4 of the scenes will have to visualize and explain 4 of the principles of shape mentioned below:

  • Balance
  • Contrast
  • Motion
  • Proportion
  • Rhythm
  •  Harmony and dynamic
  • Unit and wholeness

Scene five has to be the index site/main page. This scene also has to contain four boxes, which will represent the four chosen principles of shape.

Whit action script, bring the five scenes together, creating buttons that will bring the user to each scene.
On each of the four scenes, there will also have to be a button that takes you back to the main page.

The finished scenes needs to be integrated in to an HTML and uploaded to the web server, where you will have to create a new file named flash.”

I’m having massive issues on this learning activity.
The creation of the scenes, and the work I have done in Flash has been no problem at all.
It’s the freakin’ uploading the web server that is wrecking my style totally.
Seems like my whole website has gone mental after I started adding the flash film to it.

My flash film doesn’t seem to be working at all when it’s published on my website: http://elevarbeid.webstudent.no/dmk1_nettstudier/marit_nilsen/

Also – my design has changed, and you have to click on “Forsiden”, to even get to the extra button called “Adobe Flash”.
I’ve clearly messed up the code, so I’m sitting here, like I’ve done AAAALL weekend, trying to fix it.
As I should have managed to do this by yesterday, I’ve chosen to publish my flash video on DeviantArt again, just to show that I’ve managed the Flash part of the exercise just fine:

http://marithex.deviantart.com/art/FormprinsipperFlash-375622608

It was quite alright to work with all these scenes in Flash. We’ve had loads of great online lessons, and as long as I kept my tongue straight in my mouth, and followed both them, and common sense, I managed to produce this no problem.

I am quite aware that it’s essential that I manage to upload this file to my webpage.

I’m going straight back on the task, so fingers crossed for me… 🙂

Rock’n’Roll

-Marit

A Simple Website (Oblig.6)

Whoooop!
Finally, I’m done with mandatory hand-in 6! Unfortunately, I haven’t really had the time to add any WordPress posts related to this hand-in during the project. You see, I’ve had a hard time understanding HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver altogether – so I’ve just been focusing on learning activities, and the project itself.
Forgivable, I’m sure 😉
Anyways… Here’s the project description:

“To achieve a basic understanding of HTML and CSS, you shall build a simple website, styled with CSS.

The website must contain:

  1. Index site.
  2. 3 subpages with the following themes:
    • Historical review of HTML and CSS (a brief written and visual display.)
    • Design online – links to good and bad websites describing the reason of the impression of the design.
    • Your own experience with usage and design of websites.”

So, it took me a while to get started, as I have never touched upon anything related to HTML and CSS. I had to do most of my learning activities, before getting started on the design, just to make sure that I had some basic knowledge.

I started with finding information that I was going to put on my site, along with my own writing on my index page, and third and last subpage.
I’ve mostly been using google and Wikipedia for my two first subpages, googling words like HTML, and CSS history, badly designed websites, good websites etc.

Next thing I did, was to create a wireframe. However, I found it hard to copy my initial wireframe, as I’ve had some serious issues with positioning in Dreamweaver. I’m still finding it really hard, although, I think I kind of got the hang of relative positioning at least!

So, after reading the curriculum, watching our lectures, and some additional tutorials, I started creating my website in Dreamweaver.

My head has been filled with tags, and boxes and questions on how to create buttons, background images and menus for the past couple of weeks.
Especially the last part – menus.
I’ve been trying and failing so many times during this project to create a menu that was going to be more pleasing to the eye, than the one I’ve landed on.
When I finally did have a menu that was pretty decent, I discovered that it’s pretty crappy to use a font that few people have stored on their machine. So, I had to change the font to a more widely used one, and the result is the result on my website today.
I also tried making buttons in Photoshop, but I couldn’t find enough time to finish that. I’ve used the “Spry” option in Dreamweaver instead.
Luckily, I’ve managed to create a custom background in Photoshop, and it’s probably the thing on my website that I like the most.

Final big issue I had, was today. FTP upload… My head was wrecked after receiving the error of “403 Forbidden” when trying to open my website in a Firefox, Chrome and Explorer browser.
I searched through google, I searched Noroff forums, I pulled my hair, and was biting my fingernails, when I finally came to realize – i saved my index file as Index.html. Capitol “I”. What a stupid mistake.
Only thing I had to do, was to save my index file with a lowercase “i”.
Problem fixed!

I am somewhat pleased with my final result, seeing I didn’t know anything about webdesign in advance.
It’s a decent enough first simple website I suppose, and I’m thrilled I actually managed to technically complete this.

In the future, I’ll be focusing more on the design, and expanding my knowledge and implementing this into my wedesigns.

Here’s my final result:

http://elevarbeid.webstudent.no/dmk1_nettstudier/marit_nilsen/

Hand-in is due tomorrow, and I can’t wait for the freakin’ weekend to come along!

Rock’n’Roll

-Marit

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Hi guys, So it’s been a bit quiet on my reflective journal the past couple of weeks. Really been working hard on our digital portfolio, in which is supposed to be handed in on Friday. It has all been going … Continue reading

Seasonal Pattern – Learning Activity 2.1

“The goal of this learning activity is to see how a photo image can be the base of an illustration and furthermore, a pattern.

In this task, you are supposed to create a pattern report. The pattern is to be based on a seasonal illustration, that you will have to cut and paste into the pattern report.

Use the pictures you’ve earlier taken this week during the previous learning activities to execute the task.

Use Adobe Photoshop to add colors , and to check if the pattern can be tiled.”

This was a great task – and something I’ve done before. Creating your own patterns by using your own photos, tiling and measuring up stuff – I’m pretty good at it. At least I think I am. Ok, so maybe I should let you all be the judge of that :p
Earlier in the summer of this year, I was asked to create a custom-made pattern for a friend, in which was supposed to be the pattern on a dress.
The dress is in the making, so maybe I’ll put it up here when it’s done (:

Anyways, enough of my ramblings and back to the learning activity.

Looking through my photos, I wasn’t able to be instantly inspired to make any sort of illustration on paper.
I decided to do it all digitally, meaning, I didn’t sketch up anything in advance.

Everything has been created in Photoshop – my favorite program in the whole world!

The base of the pattern was this picture:

Maybe not the most fall inspired picture – but that was something I could focus on during the coloring.

Next step was to choose which elements I wanted to put into my pattern. Zooming in on the picture, I found this wee little flower bud:

I thought the shape was quite interesting, so I cut the flower bud out and pasted it into a new document several times, and managed to create a circular shape by rotating the flower bud in different ways.

When I had the final shape that I wanted for my pattern, I used the define pattern option in Photoshop, and proceeded by creating a new document.

In my new document, which was bigger than the previous document, I filled in the pattern I had created to get the tiled effect we were supposed to get.
Both background color and pattern color was filled in as well at this stage, and this is my final result:

The pattern looks like a table-cloth, or possibly a fall inspired knitted jumper pattern :p

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Rock’n’Roll

-Marit 

 

At the start of the week…

Alright. Autumn holidays over, and I hope you’s all had some brilliant and relaxing days off.

New educational week, and more fun stuff to do. Week four – sketch technique and color theory.
This means a whole lot of sketching, and even some painting to do. At the end, we’re suppose to digitize in Illustrator again.

I’ve started off the week by reading the curriculum, as I normally do on a Monday, and I’ll start the first learning activity tomorrow.

In the meanwhile, check out this awesome lighthouse five minutes down the road from my house:

This was unfortunately taken earlier this year, and I’m unable to use it in my photo archive. The photo looks nice non-edited as well, however, I’m a dedicated edit monster, and I’m completely in love with this look.
It was actually taken with a Fuji Finepix S1600, which is a bridge camera – and it’s been edited in PS, using noise reduction and a nice little color dash trick I’ve previously learned through some tutorials on YouTube.

I’m a slave to these PS tutorials, and it’s insanely helpful when you’re stuck at something.

Check some of them out here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=PS+tutorials&aq=f

Anyways, I wish everyone a productive and creative week 🙂

Rock’n’Roll

-Marit

This Weeks Ramblings

I have almost had no time writing any journal entry this week, but took the time today to let out some steam, if not only to my own benefit.

After a four week long(!) wait, I’ve finally received the rest of my books. I am now the proud owner of Graphic Design School – Fourth Edition, and Slagkraft by Erik Lerdahl, finally…

Slagkraft seems to be a brilliant book, focusing on idea development and creative methods. This book has become a very useful tool in this weeks learning activities.

I have to say, I was insanely frustrated in the beginning of this week:

We were given the assignment of creating sketches from different collages given to us, and furthermore, make a colour collage of the idea developed from the sketches made. However, after calming down, receiving my books, reading, and using a couple of idea development methods, I’m finally getting there.

All of my work, with further explanation and description for each task will be added in the next couple of days, as there are more to the assignments than I have explained above.

All in all, so far, this has been a very demanding week. But hey, who doesn’t like a challenge 🙂

Stay tuned for my next entries.

Untill then; Rock’n’Roll

-Marit