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Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by sarah_a, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. sarah_a

    sarah_a Member

    Hey all,

    I am just starting to find my feet and i am studying graphic design and uni. I have
    been told time and time again you need to build yourself a website to present yourself.

    The thing is i am finding it real hard to think of how to do it and how to represent myself,
    I prefer editorial design to all other types of design and web design just doesn't seem to
    be my friend lol

    It this only me or does anyone else have this problem too? also what is the best way to present

    sarah :icon_smile:
  2. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    In regards to representing yourself, it may seem obvious but always try to come accross as:
    • Professional
    • Creative
    • Smart
    • Different
    Personally, if I were looking for someone to design me a website, I would look for the above 4 criteria.

    Regarding creating the website seeming daunting, everyone struggles when adapting to a new media, but keep at it and you'll learn the ropes soon enough. Coding looks very complicated and a foreign language, which it is, but HTML & CSS are very easy to learn, especially with Dreamweaver.
  3. Steve

    Steve Member

    If you're a dab hand in Photoshop - create a web layout in there and then get a web developer to slice it and code it for you. That's what I did and it is currently being built/nearly finished by a friend of mine who builds sites for a living.
  4. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    Yep, that's what I am doing as well.

    I also do that on a day to day basis, I design web layouts and I partner with a web development company who do the techy stuff :)
  5. Pete

    Pete Member

    I was going to wait until I'd finished redesigning my own site before I started posting on here but I know how hard it is to design for yourself and to sell yourself so here's a couple of tips:

    Do what you feel comfortable with, your website should reflect you and your work above current web trends (which change very quickly). If you personally prefer a more print-like editorial design then go for it, I've seen some really beautiful typographic websites, plus creating a magazine-esque layout and applying it to web will help you get acquainted with CSS. As Xenonsoft said, CSS may seem daunting at first but once it clicks you'll love it. Take a cue from a few of the popular design blogs, they follow very strict, almost print like layouts because the content is mostly text.

    SiFR is a great tool when it comes to web typography. Put simply, it lets you use non-standard fonts by overwriting tags that you define with a flash file. The text that's being overwritten remains on the page for search engines and is still selectable by the user. Use it on your headings and titles to make your website look less 'webby'. (Mike Davidson - sIFR)

    As the above posters have said, create your layout in PS or illy and when you're happy with it, slice it up and build it into your CSS. Your website will look far more consistent than something created straight in Dreamweaver.

    Why not design your site, then give it to another student to take a look at and play around with. This can be beneficial for two reasons - 1) Everybody hits a wall when designing for themselves, and 2) a fresh pair of eyes can point out what's missing from your design. You could offer to do the same for them, I doubt you're the only person in your class who's having a few problems.

    If you need a hand with any CSS or you want someone else to take a look at your design, give me a shout.


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