Archive for April 10th, 2012

et cetera artistry

During my third semester in the Graphic Design program at my school, the parameters of one of my class projects was left mainly up to the student. Some students took the opportunity to touchup on previous projects they’d done earlier in the semester for this class, but others, like myself, took on creating something brand new. For my project, I created the freelance graphic design company “et cetera.” As part of my project I created logos, slogans, business cards, and advertisements for this faux company.

During my fourth semester at York County I brought et cetera around again for one of my class projects that dealt with creating a trifold brochure for some sort of business or event. Students could create a brochure inspired by a vacation, a yard sale, or a personal small business. With my imaginary business, et cetera, already simmering at the back of my mind from the intense project of the earlier class, I jumped on the chance to expand my little company.

And now, in my fifth and final semester at school, I’ve been using this fake graphic design company as the basis for my web development class. The scope of the class is pretty narrow. Most of the students seem to have trouble with basic coding. But I’ve got some handle on HTML and CSS so I’ve been ahead on assignments for weeks. The design’s supposed to be kept simple, in line with an introductory level really. So here’s my site’s home page:

etc stie preview

full home page screenshot of “et cetera artistry”

It’s all basic, simple stuff, but it’s quite enjoyable, going in and messing around with things to get it all looking neat enough. I think coding everything by hand using a plain text editor is what really makes it fun. In fact, it’s so much fun, I tend to spend the hours I should be devoting to other things working on this. Heh heh. Actually now that the semester’s winding down, all that time I spent playing with HTML and my faux graphic design business is starting to pay off. See, now instead of cramming and rushing to get my site finished like everyone else in the class, I can scramble and rush to get projects from other classes done. . . It sounded like more of a pay off in my head.

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