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final design for showcase

This is the final designs for the group showcase.

I think we worked well as a team – the project evolved pretty smoothly over the five weeks and we discussed and developed our ideas and took on board each others’ suggestions on how the parts of the projects we as individuals were working on could be improved.

My contribution to the project was to draft and write the proposal as well as as put the PPT presentation together.

I also developed the logo with input from the other team members and created some mock-ups of the web page.

I also collated, printed and bound the project report and created CD artwork.

Sylvia’s expertise got the whole page working – she managed to find some jquery on the Web which allowed alternate background images which gives a sparkly movement to it. She also got hold of a temporary ‘lite’ licence for cu3er which help to create the exact cu3er we wanted – this meat we could have it ona transparent background which allows the images behind to show through.

Jane sorted out the budget and minutes and helped develop the layout ideas and Pedro created the background ‘animated’ images and the home page.

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This is my portfolio site

I have included a favicon

I have obfiscated my e-mail

I have added linkedin and flickr links

I found a bit of code on a forum that allows the image to change each time you return to or refresh the homepage – it took a bit of deconstructing to understand it and a bit of fiddling about to get it to work but I managed it – hurrah!

I have used slimbox for the images

I applied the CSS3 styling that  I had used in the previous web 2.0 project – round corners and shadows

Development of interface design in Photoshop.

The development of the interface has developed in the last couple of weeks –

The background will consist of a changing palette of five pale abstract images which will contrast with the strong images of the Cub3r. – I find them suggestive of sunlight sparkling on the sea which provides a link with the fact that the designers are Brighton based.

The names are colour coded and correspond with the coloured circles underneath the Cub3r – click on a colour and it will take you to the relevant designers website.

Ideas developing the basic design for portfolio. I have settled on a fairly simple design – see last two designs (finals) that can be constructed in dreamweaver and applying css3 styling as in the web 2.0 project – shadow and rounded corners. I have chosen a serif (Calluna Regular) and sans serif font (Alte Haas Grotesk) for the text and to provide contrast – both recommended as good for the web – but not your standard web fonts. I’ve settled on the pale blue background as it is clean and fresh – it lifts the main block of colour and is not too intrusive.

I want quite a plain looking portfolio – with some strong colour and an unusual font, with plenty of space to show the work.

I will have simple navigation – home,  about,  contact – and a side bar for the work divided into three categories Web, Print and Personal. I will use the design as a variation in business cards.

I like the initial idea created in Photoshop. I set up a rough layout in Dreamweaver to see if I could incorporate Pictobrowser but was not convinced of the results. I set up a Flickr account and created a set of images that were imported into Pictobrowser – code was then copied and pasted into Dreamweaver. I tweaked the colours and transparency but aesthetically I am not happy with the results. I think that I may go down the slim box route as I like its simplicity.

Role of the freelancer in web design

A freelancer is self-employed and not committed to a particular employer long term. They work for an employer for a fixed period under a fixed contract to help them complete a project.

The freelancer sells their skills and time and normally charge by the hour, though it is possible to have contracts with a fixed price to complete a fixed project.

Freelancers are often employed because they usually have more flexible hours than permanent staff; they are not a long term commitment; they complete one off projects or small regular tasks that do not require a full time employee; they may provide skills that an in-house team do not have.

Freelancers also save money in that they do not have to be paid sick, holiday or redundancy pay, pensions or national insurance.

The advantages of being a freelancer are:

Being your own boss

Variety – a freelance can develop experience and build an impressive CV

More money – freelancers are usually paid more than employees working alongside them on a project;

Freedom –  freelancers can normally choose when and where to work, take holidays etc..

Less tax – freelancers who take professional advice can also greatly reduce the amount of tax they pay.

There are disadvantages:

Less security – freelancers are not protected in the same way as employees;

Uncertainty – will there be another contract when the present one ends?

Hassle – Forms to fill in, rules to obey, accounts to be kept – all the trappings of running your own business

Being on your own – it can be lonely, and also means that the freelancer is not be paid if they take a holiday or are ill.

Being a freelancer in web design means being able to :

Listen to the requirements of the client.

Interpret what the website needs to communicate and what its theme will be.

Accomplish the task within a stipulated time. Maintaining the deadline is the mark of a good freelance web designer.

Over and above the actual design the freelancer may have to organise the following tasks to ensure projects are carried out smoothly and professionally:

Draft up a contract

A reasonable agreement between the freelancer and their clientele, which both parties sign from the start. This helps to set in motion an initial working values such as:

  • Timelines
  • When and how much the freelancer will be paid
  • The type of website being designed  – i.e. is a one off design that the client will then maintain or is it one that the freelancer will look after (will this be for a fixed period, how often is the site to be updated etc..?)
  • Any other relevant details

It is important that each aspect of the project, that both parties are concerned with, are included within a single document. This can be referred to if any difficulties arise. This important document covers the client in case of project failure and the freelancer if the client backs down from the work and payment.

Set dates

A scheduled calendar works as a framework to keep work on time and stop it from drifting too far off task.

An example may be a quote of 1-2 weeks for initial design (website mock-up and graphics/icons) with another 1-2 weeks for front end development once the client has looked over designs and suggested changes etc.. This relaxed approach can be contrasted with a more specific calendar where weeks are shaded in based on task completion.

Set up meetings

Meeting can be useful to share information face to face – the frequency being dependent on the type of the project worked on. It is best for schedules to be kept open ended – but if something solid is in place – it should be put down in writing.

Set out follow-up clauses

When agreeing a contract it is important to include follow-up clauses regarding revisions and a policy on work updates. This should include agreed extra charges relating to time on revising any major changes requested by the client. E.g. charging extra for time spent changing colours or fonts (some freelancers include the first 2-3 revisions for free and will charge after that based on an hourly rate).

Decide on final products and deliveries

This means discussing at the start of the project what is expected to be delivered as a final result.  This could include multiple items, but for a general website design it’s usually an agreed number of graphics and coded HTML/CSS documents.

If more involved work is required such as plug-in development reference should be made in the contract to the types of files to be shared such as .css, .php, .js libraries, or anything else which may be included inside the projects’ files.


I produced the ppt presentation of our proposal that was presented to the class, though unfortunately I couldn’t make the actual presentation due to work commitments.