Confrence Blog

April 12, 2010

Obtaining the foreground for my portfolio from Seth Comedy proved to be not as complicated as I thought. It really only took a couple tries in Photoshop to crop the image to the desired appearance.  Now the only issue that remains to be addressed is what I will insert for the background of the page. I’m thinking that a black background to imitate a screen might be the best option. However, one of the old school countdown reel introduction would be cool. I’m just not sure how I would pull that off.

What Makes a Good Web Page

March 15, 2010

The three main components that I believe make a good website are 1) color scheme 2) accessibility 3) maintenance. Color scheme is a just a subsection of visual display of a web page, however, it is an important one. The first thing the audience will notice when they visit your site is its appearance. Now it’s true that people care more about content than appearance, but appearance can be the difference between someone doing business with you rather than your competition. If your page has a random collaboration of color, your page isn’t going to look professional. The audience is going to relate the appearance of your site to your service. If the page doesn’t look good, than the audience isn’t going to put a lot of stock into your ability.   Another thing that a good color scheme can do for you is create an association between your page and your product. A goal of most companies is to have the audience relate something they see every day to the product. The same thing applies to your site; when the audience visualizes a color scheme similar to your sites, you want them to think about your page. As for accessibility, you want your site to have a certain ease of navigation. You don’t want the audience to get frustrated trying to find what they’re looking for, and then decide to look elsewhere. It’s important to have the page layout be easy enough for a non-target user to be able to explore and figure out what the site is about. Finally maintenance is the most important housekeeping function a site can have. Nothing can turn a user off as quickly as a broken link, or a video that just won’t stream. Again a poorly maintained site reflects negatively on the entity it represents, and really causes a user to shop around.

My WordPress Layout

March 1, 2010

The layout of my current wordpress is awfully bland and has a lot of white. I really don’t like large amount of white space. So what I would like to do is overhaul the color scheme, probably go with a State influenced green and white color pattern. Michigan State is a big part of my life and I find it important to convey that fact to my audience. I have a lot of school pride and very passionate person in general. I want that passion to be brought out in by the design. I also want to add some interesting shapes to give it a more bold and defined. I want it to be unique and reflect my personality.  The writing and content of my blogs is the steak and I want the layout to be the sizzle. Is it possible to add an about me tab? I think it would be beneficial to throw in a little exert about myself to help my audience connect with me.  Sports, and football in particular is a topic that I am particularly fond of. One thing that I was wondering if I would able to incorporate would be a ticker of shorts. Not one that updates as scores happen live, but one that displays final scores weekly. I don’t now how plausible such a ticker would be, but I think it could be a worth while endeavor.

Blog #6: Audience Remarks

February 22, 2010

The one website I go to literally every day is the MSU webmail page. There are a couple features that I believe would make the MSU student and facility body very happy. The first feature I would love to see added is a message priority system that allows both the sender and reader to priorities emails. Not only would this help the audience sift through the nearly endless amounts of email, it  would also be more time efficient for users as they would be directed towards the most important messages first. Secondly, I would enjoy some sort of categorization system for incoming emails. A message sorter-of-sorts (say that five times fast) that would allow a user to view all related emails. For example all WRA 210 messages appear together, separate from the other messages. I know at least when it comes to me, the more streamline my inbox becomes that happier I am. As much fun as it is going through page after page of email (whether they are ones I’m holding on to or new ones). The final feature that I would LOVE for MSU webmail to use is a spam filter. Now right now it’s set up where you can manually report something as being spam, and then usually messages from that source will be blocked in the future. However, it’s a time consuming process and the spam still finds a way through. Not to say that I don’t appreciate the honor of being offered an exciting job in the field of Medical Billing, but five messages a day is a little much. Before this class I was under the impression that introducing such features would be easy, but now I know that the mechanics behind such features are more easily said than done.  That being said I believe that these features would be greatly appreciated by all Spartans, and would make everyone’s life that much easier.

-Kevin

WRA 210 Blog #2: Left to Rot

January 30, 2010

There is nothing worse than a website with habitually broken links. Whether they are for a video, picture, or even to another site, multiple broken links can be a major deal breaker. For example, I use to have Comcast.net webpage set as my home page. I enjoyed all the headlines and developing stories, there was just one problem… broken links. I would click on a picture to enlarge it and end up with some image completely unrelated to the image I was interested in.  Or I would finish reading one of the articles and click on one of the links at the bottom of the page to learn more, and end up at some spam site wanting me to take an IQ test because all my friends thought I was dumb. The major problems with broken links are that they reflect the provider’s level of commitment to the site and horribly affect the site’s constancy.  If the provider doesn’t care enough to maintain their site, why should I care about its content?  As for the constancy aspect, personally the reason I use to have Comcast.net is because of the relative ease in which I could read/view multimedia articles over a very broad spectrum. However, when I found myself continuously running into damaged links, the site’s appeal to me was lost. It is only professional to maintain your webpage. After all, your webpage is a reflection of you. You’re putting it out there in cyber space for the rest of the world to judge, it only makes sense to keep it clean and well maintained.

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January 26, 2010

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