I have kept my Wix site fairly simple and clean aesthetically as I think over powering and busy sites can look chaotic and unprofessional.
I have been working on a photograph that highlights who I am as an artist and designer.
I took this photograph of myself, using my camera and a borrowed tripod. I edited the photo in Photoshop using Layers and the quick selection tool to change all but the flowers to black and white. Featured on my homepage, this image gives my website a feminine touch whilst also drawing attention to my favoured artistry being illustration.
My Wix site was left untouched for the best part of a year whilst I lost interest in it due to its layout.
I updated my layout and added pages this year. Comparing the two, I can now see the progression in website maturity/professionalism, and continuity in sticking to a colour scheme and font type. There is a clear progression in my digital practice ability too, including the use of Wix.com, PhotoShop and my own dedication to finding and utilising a font that suits my brand.
In this area of the module I was tested on my ability to use and understand digital software such as AutoCAD and SketchUp. To begin with I struggled with AutoCAD as learning the shortcuts wasn’t something that came naturally to me. I am now confident using these shortcuts as I have practiced with them in my own time however I am still lacking any confidence with the functions and properties and how to create anything other than basic floor plans.
SketchUp seemed to be the easier option for me and so I spent more time developing my skills in this software. I mainly used it for the Design and Materials module as I was more confident with it and 3D Warehouse provided me with a wider range of options and inspiration. I also found the layout and use of colour throughout the SketchUp software more user friendly than AutoCAD.
My strengths within the Digital Practice area of the module have been my ability to learn from making mistakes having the patience to find out why I made such a mistake and then not repeating them the next time. For example when using AutoCAD I found myself forgetting to use the ESC command before starting another command to cancel everything. My weaknesses fell with cutting corners and using alternative commands as a means for a command or process that I found more challenging and time consuming.
Overall I feel the area of Digital Practice has been my least favourite topic as I don’t feel 100% confident with using the software and creating 3D designs tends to take me a lot longer than I expect it takes others. I believe I have tried my best with it and used my spare time to watch tutorials. I am improving slowly and impressed with myself as I have never excelled when it comes to computers and technology.
I have been using Sketchup and 3d Warehouse to create models for my Design & Materials Module with Matthew.
ESC = Cancel
After creating a shape pressing the ESC key will cancel every command made
Right clicking on the shape and typing M will create the command ‘Move’
Drag the object to the desired spot
Having a play around on AutoCAD. Made some shapes and squares within squares.
Experimenting with tools and getting to know the software. Rotating (RO), offsetting (O), creating lines & new shapes.
PPI = Pixels Per Inch
DPI = Dots Per Inch
Computer screen resolution is 72DPI
Minimum resolution used it 225DPI
Searching for certain resolution images via Google search tools:
I struggled with using AutoCAD and creating designs on the software proved to be a challenge.
I learnt some important software shortcuts to aid my understanding and help speed up the process of creating a design:
ENTER and SPACEBAR = To execute or repeat a command
ESC = To cancel a command
CTRL+C = Copy
CTRL+V = Paste
CTRL+X = Cut
CTRL+Z = Undo
CTRL+Y = Redo
CTRL+P = Print
CTRL+A = Select all
CTRL+F = Search
CTRL+S = Save
F3 = OSnap
O = Offset
M = Move
C = Circle
REC = Rectangle
This blog will consist of the skills I have developed both in and outside of class, including the use of software such as AutoCAD and SketchUp. I will also be posting ideas and photos that inspire me as well as my drawings and sketches from my inspiration.