How time flies when you don’t have class for three straight weeks. If it wasn’t for attending the Virginia Forum, I might have forgotten that I’m actually a grad student instead of just a guy who spends time messing around in Dreamweaver and Photoshop after work.
I hope all of you are doing well and having success with Photoshop and so forth, and I’m looking forward to seeing everybody Monday.
OK, so where am I at?
I have done some editing on my type assignment, and I’m reasonably happy with it although truth be told there’s probably more that could use doing. I never fixed the footnotes, and I haven’t really figured out the whole relative/absolute thing as far as how it would be at all useful for my site. But I think it looks reasonably clean, I like where the block and pull quotes are located, the font seems readable, and all things considered it’s a workable site.
I also did a proper “home” page, and got the internal links to work fine. Finally, I did an “About” page from scratch which looked great in Dreamweaver, but has not turned out right live. I’ve tried a few things, and it’s still giving me troubles. I used the ‘aside’ property in HTML5 instead of “sidebar”, and I’m wondering if either I don’t get how to use it properly or I need to go back to “sidebar”. At any rate, I felt like I needed to move forward and work on Photoshop, so I’m leaving it alone for now but later this week I’ll return to it with a hopefully fresh pair of eyes.
I’ve found that while listening to the webinars is nice, the best approach for my comfort level is just going through “The Non-Designer’s Photoshop Book” and trying to do the same simple exercises. They are, largely, VERY simple, but that’s OK–the frequent repetition of the same tools helps build familiarity and I think even gives me a slight hint of what it would feel like really “know” this tool and get the rhythms of how adept users use it.