There’s a lot of things that comes with even deciding on where to start with your own website. Being in charge of everything is so, refreshing. Deciding which color or which typeface fits you best, and so on. This is why I love web design. Reading all of these different colored symbols and random letters on a screen that somehow create a beautiful thing can be awfully tedious though. Let me just drop a screenshot of what I have been staring at for the past few months. P.S there are affiliate links in this post, to learn more about them click here.
This is one of the many projects that I’ve been keeping “hush” about, and I’m so so so so excited to FINALLY be able to share with you. If you take a look the left side of the screen is the HTML, and on the right is the live preview of what it should look like. And by should I mean, definitely open it in your browser before relying on Adobe Dreamweaver‘s “live” preview. Trust me.
I was stuck on about two design ideas for this project of mine. I chose to keep the navigation bar on the top, with a consistent header that followed you down the page as you scrolled. This allowed the images/content of the site to be wider, which I’m a big fan of. Below is an image of what my program looked like with my “place holder” images, very fabulous am I right?
I decided to go with the 5 things that made me happiest when designing or creating. Those 5 are Editorial Design, Web Design, Brand Identity, Logos/Illustration Design, & Photography. Photography is one of the main reasons that got me into art, but most importantly it had introduced me to Adobe Photoshop. For those of you that didn’t know already, Adobe Photoshop and I go way back.
One day after a ridiculous amount of sketching and researching and thought processing… I opened up Adobe Dreamweaver and <p>coded my little heart out</p> … No one? Sorry but I definitely laughed while typing that. Anyway, I started with the bulk of it, getting all of my “divs” (a.k.a. boxes) in order. Once my rough draft of a layout was in order, I moved on to fixing the little spacing errors and when everything looked structurally solid, I moved on to “making it look pretty,” otherwise known as the Cascading Style Sheets. CSS is what gives your site flavor, or in my case a lot of purple.
P.S. Side note- the HTML color is defined as “thistle” and that’s what I’ve been using.
Images were edited, content created, and projects were all coordinated. It was a miracle, everything was finally in place. Well, almost everything. When you have complete control over your own website, you find yourself making little changes here and there as the days go on. I feel like this site will always be a work in progress, only because I’m always growing and learning new things. At least my brand will stay consistent throughout my site and so on, other things are open for change.
After days and days of working my butt off, the finished product is always my favorite part of a project. Although, it’s not completely finished- it has come a long way and I’m really excited for what the future holds for me and my brand. You can view my site for yourself by clicking here.
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