For my Web Design II class, I learned to create responsive websites utilizing a program called Foundation. From that, I was able to recode my entire website to make it responsive and tailor user experience.Not only that, but I’ve gained a better understanding of modern web design in the redesign of my portfolio.
Adapting to Foundation was really strange for me. Because I had just barely gotten the hang of HTML, it felt weird to re-learn everything. I grasped on to it relatively quickly because the program was designed to make your life a million years easier. It breaks everything down into a grid and provides “foundation” code that you can alter to fit your own personal styles. I also learned a lot about CSS 3 animation and how to incorporate that into my site. I’ve always liked it when sites I visited reacted to the user like that, and I was thrilled to incorporate that in my new design.
My redesign was inspired by a brand unity of sorts. As a designer, it’s important to build a brand for yourself. Your resume should link to both your portfolio and your website. Mine did to a certain extent from Web I, but I also didn’t know then what I know now. I simplified my splash page by incorporating instructions in my logo to clear out the clutter of the old navigation sitting in there, and I also created various templates from Foundation to give my website a more collage-like look to it. I completely fell in love with Pantone’s Coral Gold a few days ago and decided on a whim to change my logo color and accent color for my site. Now that I’m much more proficient in Web Design, I also was able to incorporate an off canvas menu as well as some light animation. I love my overall design and I feel like it’s much cleaner than it was before.