This week’s readings on layout, basic design principles, and grids really helped in reformatting my website. When I was a young, nerdy kid I drew architectural layouts for houses on blue-lined graph paper. I would even draw in furniture, color it, and calculate square footage and cost. Like I said- nerdy. So the idea of applying the grid concept to web sites struck the right chord. It makes total sense to structure each page that way.
I am still trying to figure out how to apply the grid I want to my site, but it is definitely better than last week. The image fits my content, the “About” page is moved, and I even moved my navigation box and paragraphs to follow that” top-right-bottom-left” movement of the user’s eye. Hopefully as the weeks progress, it will have the look and feel of a true digital history and medicine portfolio.
The lynda.com videos helped a great deal, especially the tutorials concerning structural html5. I’m glad that we have that immensely helpful resource available 24/7. Even though it’s only been a couple of weeks in Clio II, I have learned a lot about simple website design, introductory html, and typography.