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Smashing Magazine Web Design Challenge

Not sure if you knew from this blog, but I actually have a totally separate design portfolio from this site. I’m not sure why I originally separated it, but that’s just how it happened. Actually, what really happened was my friend Christian and I were considering an online business to make homemade wedding items and when she got too busy, I ended up using the domain of for my design portfolio – which actually improved a lot thanks to my short stint at SuperMedia. Later on, I got my own personal URL of – which went from iWeb to WordPress thanks to my wonderfully encouraging boyfriend Andrew.  
Smashing Magazine Web Design Challenge 1
Having multiple URL’s does get expensive in the long run, but it makes it easier to separate my thoughts from my creations. This design challenge is my attempt to briefly unify them by justifying my work. I guess they called it a crit in art or design school, which is not something I pursued because my artistic side was not as encouraged as my academic side. Another thing is that my brother wanted to be an artist, so I pushed back my creative urges to studying it from a historical stand point in college. At this point, it’s ancient history and I’m ready to move on. I’ve completed my web and graphic design studies and I’m now pursuing a creative career in web design.
  • Grid – There is a basic grid layout here despite the main background being a photo I took at Coachella 2010. I wanted to keep the design very simple and clean, while still showcasing my far reaching grasp over the internet via social media and networking. I copied the disclaimer from a Shirt Woot designer in Berkeley – if I saw the shirt again, I may remember who that is… sorry for forgetting.
  • Layout – I followed a normal website layout of Header, Content (minimal popups for About and Contact and separate page for my work), Footer (for disclaimer and links). I used DynamicDrive’s DHTML window to create the popup text boxes for my About and Contact pages.
  • Color – I kept things simple by having a black background over colorful images and icons. The sunset over Indio has a great balance of light and dark, which is something I appreciate in good designs. Most of the time, I used white text on black backgrounds because I feel that is easiest on the eyes.
  • Typography – The main text is in Century Gothic, which I liked the look of and felt it was simple and more interesting than most web typefaces. Regular text is in Times New Roman or Arial for readability.
  • Imagery – The Coachella sunset is probably the best part of the day (aside from the music). Having a great photo of this hints to my own interest in music and photography.
  • Styling – This landing page is actually a lot more interesting than my work samples – not that they’re so bad, it’s more than there’s not much there and a lot of it is my own projects or stuff I made at Fullerton College. I’m not sure if this is related to style at all, but for this reason, I think I made my landing page much more interesting than my Work – which is below. To balance out my lack of work, I found an impressive little Javascript slider from – there are newer more impressive versions, but this one did just what I wanted it to.
A more recent addition to my design portfolio is some of my Flash work, which simple as it is demonstrates at least my ability to use it and make simple games and animation.

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