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Navigation and Introduction to Dreamweaver – Learning Activity 2.1 Research – Websites

Start of a new week, and a new tattoo inked onto my body. So while I’m sitting here scratching like a mad cow, this was our first learning activity for the week:

“Find 10 separate websites, that are different in:

  • Contents – message sent to visitor.
  • Navigation – how you navigate yourself on, in and around on the website.
  • Structure and design – wireframe.
  • Justify the choice of each link you have found.”

Content: Daily/weekly updates on regional news in my hometown, some domestic, and a couple of foreign news as well. Mainly aimed at the locals in town and in this region.
Navigation: Direct navigation by entering the websites address in the address bar of your browser. Searchable navigation with an embedded search engine on the site, and tab navigation – which is a hyperlink navigation.
Menu choices are also highlighted when clicked on.
Wireframe: Ad placed on the very top of the website. Logo is placed on top along with navigation tabs, and is placed there on every “undersite” as well. Main box on website is all the little boxes of news and ads that you can click on for the full text of an article, or more info on the ad placed there.
At the very bottom of the site, there is a box with various practical information, such as “contact us”.


Content: Website containing recipes for different types of food, nutritious advice, and practical cooking advises.
Navigation: Direct navigation, searchable navigation, tab navigation.
Menu choice is highlighted when clicked on, and there’s also a “breadcrumb path”, when you click yourself deeper into the site. It’s shown under the logo on each page.
Wireframe: Divided into three main parts. 1. Top with logo on left hand side, and main tabs centered. 2. Left side box with subcategories. 3. Box on right hand side with links to different parts of members site.


Content: A site for uploading, sharing and showing off video clips and short videos.
Navigation: Direct navigation, and searchable navigation.
Wireframe: Simple design, with logo always placed on your upper left corner, along with the search engine. A small menu on the left hand side with a couple of searchable topics.
The middle of main page is filled with examples of videos that are most popular, and videos the visitor might like according to previous search history on the site.


Content: Norway’s biggest website for photography. Contains interviews, articles, artwork, forums, and members area.
Navigation:  Direct navigation, searchable navigation and tab navigation. Logo is always placed on your top left side, and highlighted menu choices.
Wireframe: Ad placed on the very top of site. Followed by a tab box with main categories.
Main box is filled with clickable links to articles and interviews recommended to read.


Content: Widely known around the world for being a bidding and selling websites, where everyone, as well as private and businesses, can sell new and used items of all kinds.
Navigation: Direct navigation, searchable navigation and tab navigation. Logo is always placed on your top left side, and highlighted menu choices.
On this website, we also find linear navigation, where the user or visitor navigates through the website in an order decided by the web developer.
Wireframe: Top box is the searchable engine. Left hand side contains the main category tabs. Main box contains recent purchases, member log in etc.


Content: Information on Harley-Davidson products and bikes, where you can find your dealer, contacts, and news etc.
Navigation: Direct navigation and tab navigation. Main logo is not always displayed, and certainly not in the same place as on the main site. Menu choice is highlighted.
Wireframe: Top box is the tab menu – and the main box basically only contains a link to new products. You will have to click on the tab menu to choose any other topic.


Content: This is probably one of the most well-known Internet Encyclopedias in the whole world.
Navigation: Searchable navigation, and direct navigation. The page also contains a main menu when first entering the site, where you can choose the language of your liking.
Wireframe: Logo is always displayed on your left hand side. There’s also a box to the left with different tabs the user can click on. On your right hand side, there’s a box with different type of information for the search you recently did. Mid page contains the information on your search. A plain and simple site, as you would presume the user would want for an encyclopedia.


Content: Basically a website with loads of different “top ten” lists in all sorts of categories imaginable.
Navigation: Direct navigation, tab navigation and searchable navigation. Sites logo is always displayed in top box centered.
Wireframe: Top box is mainly clickable tabs to the main categories on the site. Right hand side contains recent and top lists. And the main centered box contains recently added lists as well.


Content: Contains information about the yearly metal festival ‘KARMØYGEDDON’, and  other single gigs the promoters puts on during each year. Also contains information on previous gigs and shows.
Navigation: Direct navigation and tab navigation. Logo is always placed as a top box on each page you click into.
Wireframe: Down from the logo, there’s a box with tabs to main categories on the page. Main box contains ads from up and coming shows, and bands that will be playing in the near future.


Content: This is an alternative webshop, where you can buy alternative clothes, decorative items, patches, hair and make-up products etc.
Navigation: Direct navigation, tab navigation, always keeps the logo in the same place on top of page. This is probably a WordPress page, or similar.
There also seems to be a describing title of all sub pages.
Wireframe: Top tabs is aimed directly at the buyer with information on the site, contact information, log in and sign up choices.
Left hand box presents the buyer with purchase categories, and purchase information.
Right hand box shows ads, and middle section box contains example of products + more ads.

So, there you go. A lot of time spent ogling websites. Yaaaawn!



Idea development, Sketches and such – Illustration (Oblig.3)

In the beginning of this mandatory hand-in, I was super stoked and inspired. However, it has proven to be more difficult than I imagined at the beginning.

I’ve thought I had some good ideas, I’ve been stuck, frustrated, I’ve thought I was on to something, then really insecure about the whole poster.

However, I did have a certain idea from the beginning that I’ve built on for the past weeks.

Idea development:
As the song I’ve chosen doesn’t really contain a whole lot of different words and meanings, I started out by writing down the main things in the lyrics that I think of when listening to it.
* Flame
* Hands
* Heart
* Dark
* Crimson red
* Desperation

As this song, and the rest of the album is directed at dedicated fans, this became my target group.
By this, I mean dedicated fans that knows this album, and WASP by heart, such as myself.
The target group doesn’t really have any set age, as people of all age is easily into
different types of music.
Also, the objects in my illustration is something that anyone can recognize.

From the very start, I had an idea of a poster with two hands holding a heart with a flame inside. Pretty much a direct illustration of the song.
I was stuck on this thought, and on the idea that the illustration style was going to be more tattoo inspired, as tattoo and rock goes hand in hand.

I created a moodboard for inspiration:

The moodboard contains some album art, tattoos of the objects I wanted to illustrate, tattoo stencils, and a similar color range that I already had in my mind.

So, I started sketching:

I scanned the sketches, and started working on the different elements that I had drawn up.
I also used Google images for inspiration, searching for images such as ‘hands’, ‘hand sketches’, ‘human heart’, ‘flames’ and ‘hands holding’.

The hand-in is due tomorrow, and I am pretty much done with it. Just need to add some finishing touches in Illustrator and finish my report.
Result will be uploaded here tomorrow as well.



Illustration – Poster Research (Oblig 3)

In our mandatory hand in, the poster size is supposed to be in this format:
50×70, 300 dpi with a 3 mm bleed.

This seems to be a standard format for posters, although there is also other formats to be used for different effects such as panorama and squared in different measurements.
A rectangular poster can also have other measurements.

Some technical words:

Bleed – Added size to the image, normally placed at 3 mm extra elements (images, lines or color bars), which is outside the net format of the print.
This is to avoid the white “glitch” when the print is cropped.

DPI – (dots per inch) is a measure of image resolution. 300 dpi, high-resolution, is normally used for print.

Gross format – the net format + bleed (50,3 x 70,3cm).

Net format – the format the print is cropped to in the final result (50 x 70 cm).

Here is the format I am going to use, included bleed of 3mm and safety margin of 10mm:

I’ve got a whole bunch of sketches ready, as I have already been working on this hand-in for a couple of weeks.
Can’t wait to be done with this one 🙂