OUT OF THE BOX!

My online portfolio displays the websites that I have created during my web classes. I have created two websites and uploaded them online on my site for potential employers to view.

The first website that I created was an artist demo website about Claude Monet. I used dreamweaver to create the website. It includes a homepage, about and gallery. There are still some minor changes that need to be done to this website. The URL for the site is www.gurpreetkaursaini/monet.

The more recent website that I created a couple of weeks ago was a demo website about domestic violence against women. I also used dreamweaver to create this site. It includes a homepage, about, getting help and helping a friend. I uploaded the site through the program fetch. This website is more complex than the first one that I created because I correctly used the 12×12 grid correctly. The URL for this site is www.gurpreetkaursaini.com/non-profit.

Final Project Draft Proposal

For my final project I will be creating an informative website for my first client who owns a salon. The salon’s name is sapphire eyebrow and it is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The owner of the salon is my aunt Saroj Bala and they have an existing website. The website is not up to date, the color schemes are extremely boring, and there is not enough information about the salon overall. For example, they don’t have the prices for the services that they offer nor do they have a description about the people who work there. The website is www.sapphireeyebrows.com.

The website that I want to create for the salon will include a home page, services, gallery,stylist,and contact/location. I will be going to Indiana during the month of April to collect the information that I need for the website which will include images. My inspiration for this website will be meenathreadingplace.com and the previous website that was created. This website follows the twelve bar grid system and it is easy to navigate to other pages. There is a navigation bar in the footer which links to the other pages that tell the information about the salon. This is salon has other locations but it is not a franchised company which is similar to the salon website that I am creating. I don’t like that the images do not pop up for the viewer to see them closer and the homepage does not link to other pages that are in the footer. In my website I want the images to pop up when the audience clicks on them and I want to include a logo sign in the middle of the page. The logo on the homepage is too small for the audience to view. The images seem to take over the page. For my website, my inspirations will be meenathreadingplace.com as well as my previous websites that I am completing and the one that I have completed. I will use the previous website to tell myself not to create the website like this. My intended audience will be women as well as men who want to go to a salon that offer good services and make you feel comfortable when you go there. I want people to see my website and use it as an example of how a website for a salon should be.

List of materials: I will buy my url name from reclaim hosting which will be sapphireeyebrow.com and I checked that the url is available. I will be coding using dreamweaver because this is what we used in web one and web two. To re-size images and make them available for the web, I will use photoshop.

Homepage: I will have the navigation footer above when people come to the website and under that I will have the logo of the salon. I am going to include links to the other pages under the logo as well as images that are related to the links. On the bottom footer, I will have the contact information so the audience can easily reach them to book an appointment.

Services: I will have the navigation footer on this page too and on the left side I will have a list of the services that are offered and on the right side I am going to give the prices that they charge at the salon. I will use the 6×6 grid to create the boxes.

Gallery: I will have about 8-12 images of the salon, people working, the outside of the salon and how they do the eyebrows. Each image will have a specific description of what is going on on the image that is being shown.

Stylist: I will have images of the people who work there and what they specialize in at the salon. I will give some background information about each of them next to the image or under it.

Contact/location: In this page I will include the address of the salon, phone number and a map to show the exact location of the place. This will make it easier for the customer to find the place.

I will present my final project at the end of the semester in the CT lab. I will have it up on the projector and I will describe each page as well as how I created it. This showcase will help the audience see the visual content and they can ask me questions directly if they have any troubles understanding anything.

DATES Milestones / Deliverables
9/2 Buy the domain name from reclaim hosting and start to brainstorm ideas on how the website will look.
9/9 Create a sitemap for the website. This will look like an organizational map of how the website will navigate and the structure of the website.
9/16 Create wire frames in illustrator for the home,services and gallery. This is a skeleton of the websites content but does not include images or type information.
9/23 Create mock ups in photoshop that look like the wire frames but will include images, color schemes, fonts, etc.
9/30 Continue creating mock ups.
10/7 Start coding the homepage on word press on wordpress.
10/21 Continue coding homepage
10/28 Start coding services and re-size images in photoshop for gallery page.
11/4 Start coding the gallery page and include the images that were re-sized from photoshop.
11/11 Code stylist page
11/18 Continue coding stylist page and start on contact/location
11/25 Finish coding contact/location page.
12/2 Add final touches to the website
12/9 FINAL PROJECT PRESENT with reviewers present

A foundation of my digital identity

Creating a professional digital identity can be helpful professionally and in our academic careers. It can show our peers the work that we have created as well as promoting our skills in the professional field.I have no kept my domain name from DS 106 because I lost track of it and I couldn’t afford to pay the blue host account. I have social networking sites but for my personal self. It would be better if I have a separate identity from my social networking sites because I like to keep my personal and professional life apart. According to wise geek “Both a person and a company can have a digital identity and while a person always has a concrete identity in the world, businesses may have a storefront identity and establish a digital presence as they establish an online presence in order to do business online.” I want to have an identity in the world so I can get a good job because most of the internships that I have applied for require an online portfolio. I think if I have all my works on my websites, the companies would be able to judge me better through my work.

I already have a new domain name and have to works that I have created. I am putting up more work from my classes but I would like to put the work that I have already created. For example, all of the work that I have in my travel drive. For my current web two class I am creating a non-profit website and I am also going to showcase that on my website.

 

Possibilities for the summer

1) http://www.folica.com/about-us/careers#intern1: The position that I am applying for is a web design intern for a beauty and hair company. I would like to intern here because I love the field of cosmetology and I get to show my webdesign skills as well.
2) https://viyet.recruiterbox.com/jobs/30804?referer=indeed: This is also a graphic designer internship that is for the Viyet company. They have worked with some top designers and they want a person with a digital presence. I think I have the skills that they are looking for.
 3) https://careers-vsapartners.icims.com/jobs/1089/web-development-intern-%28new-york%29/job?mode=job&iis=Indeed&iisn=Indeed.com&mobile=false&width=1366&height=705&bga=true&needsRedirect=false: This is a summer internship for a graphic designer and this is a paid internship. The company is located in Soho which is perfect because it is located near where I live. It is a VSA partners company that develops websites for companies.
 4) https://www.hachettebookgroup.biz/about-hbg/careers/?nl=1&jvi=oQNnYfwI,Job&jvs=Indeed&jvk=Job​: This is a position for web strategy and development intern. It is a summer internship for a book group company. This internship is also paid and it is only located in NYC.
My digital presence is really weak right now because I don’t have a portfolio online. I have facebook, twitter and instagram. I also have a website under my name but I don’t really have much work up that I have created. I need to work on my digital presence so I can get a good job in the future.

Pharmaceutical Business

For my final project I want to create a website for a pharmaceutical company. I work for a pharmacy and my boss hasn’t set up a website online promoting his business. I’ve looked at other pharmacy websites online like Duane Reade and Walgreens. They show all the drugs that they have in the store and they even offer to have there refills done if a customer wishes to online. There’s also a list of insurance companies that the pharmacy takes to fill prescriptions. I want the website to show a sense of the friendly environment that we provide and our awesome service. These are the websites that I have looked at:

http://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/

http://www.duanereade.com/Pharmacy.aspx

 

sinking into ideas final day

I completed the creative challenge that was give to us. I added the images in a bubble form to the fountain because I think of them as a bubble of an idea for my future. I made them black and white because I still want to achieve those dreams and then one by one they will come into life and have color to them. I made the background a little more lively by adding more brightness to it. Here is the final result. creative challenge

sinking into ideas day five

Today I am going to remix my previous project also into this fountain of dreams. I could not post any blog yesterday because I was working all day and I forgot. I had previously worked on a project that reflected the importance of marriage in the Punjabi culture. I took lots of pictures and put them together. In my fountain of dreams, these pictures should be incorporated because marriage is going to be an important step in my life. This is a picture of my previous project. Gurpreet_kaur_FA284-WED

sinking into ideas day four

Today for my creative challenge i ended up cropping the pictures out that I’m using for my fountain of dreams. I really didn’t have time to work much on this project because I was busy with work so I just cropping the pictures out on Photoshop. It was kind of hard because I had to precise of how I cut them out and the backgrounds became an issue. I’m still currently working on it.

sinking into ideas day three

Today I have officially started putting my images together. The pictures that I have found have to be cropped at fit into the pond that I have taken a picture of. I am only using a couple of images to fit into the pond or else it is going to look clustered. I am using Photoshop to fix and edit the images together. Here are the pictures that I have gathered to

use in this project. family1 DSC_0022 website-designer cosmo1 crazy hair

Sinking into ideas day two

As I had mentioned in my previous blog post, I will be creating a remixed image of what my goals are in the future. The picture that I took was a fountain in Manhattan. I found other images that would go in the fountain today to show my dreams. For example, getting married,having kids, working as a web designer in the city. I still have to take the images and incorporate them into my original picture.