I decided to continue with the web module from last year as part of my ProCon3 this year. The reason for this was a mixture between my lack of interest in motion, my lack of hand drawing talent which would mean print would be wasted on me. But also, I remember a great sense of enjoyment from typing out some code and seeing it come to life, so to speak. I never felt as though learning HTML and CSS was too much of a challenge so I thought that Java and jQuery would be equally as rewarding to tackle. For the most part that was true. These new languages made for less code and more action, it became rewarding just to try out different query effects from sites like Codepen. I tried to be a lot more forward thinking with my website design this year and wanted to push myself to create something that would stand up on its own as a beautiful portfolio site. In order to do this in the end I had to cut a few corners towards the end which I’m not overly pleased about on a morale level, but visually I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. There were a few animations and fades that I struggled to get working on each page and the fold on the first page isn’t quite right. I had an issue with implementing my work in a way that complimented the rest of the site, but apart from that everything worked as intended. My intention to aim for a full-width site that used hi-res images was because it seems to be the way forward at the moment, not to say it is a trend however.
In terms of my blog this year I felt like I started out strong, blogging each project as it came along, but towards the end of the year I’ve started to trail off a little because of other deadlines becoming overbearing. When I have blogged I’ve tried to be as evaluative as possible, without waffling on too much.
In terms of actual professional practice I feel I have done really well this year. I have been to countless talks, exhibitions and design events. I’ve spent the majority of my spare money on design or advertising related books. Arguably most importantly I got a placement for around 3 months which gave me invaluable experience that was vital for someone in their final year. My time at the tech hub really made me want to succeed and get a job in a decent agency with a relaxed atmosphere such as theirs. Now that I have three placements under my belt I feel confident in myself that I can apply for junior design positions and get one.