Monday, 31 January 2011

To code or not to code; that is the question.

After Effects; Love it. The fit brilliant.

But as for the meat of this blog (you may have noticed that I love food), I have to answer the question of whether I will focus on graphic design or coding.

I am a coding closet case. I am in my element when I code yet I find myself strangely pulled towards the graphic design aspect of web development. Don't get me wrong coding and I are best friends. Coding has kept me warm at night and helped me when I was down, even though it was most likely coding that got me down, coding is my best friend. I don't like to portray myself as a cheater. I am a loyal friend, really I am, but graphic design *sigh* I am thinking that graphic design may become a close friend of mine.

We are now tackling 'Project Management' as I like to call it. I like to make up names for things so this is what I am sticking with for our current course. Next week is Premier Pro and I am looking forward to it. A couple of weeks ago if you asked me what I was looking forward to, I would have said Java... we shall see what the future holds for my best friend status. I guess all I have to say is that I want to be friends with graphic design; close friends. Coding, I am very sorry but we will see each other again in the near future.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Fine dining

The first course of this program is done and I am satisfied with no need for dessert. I enjoyed the course; more so because it sparked creativity in me that was long dormant and it allowed me to discover how artistry and computers can come together.
I am looking forward to all of the courses in the program and I must say I am impressed with the ease with which the course material was handled and delivered.


Friday, 14 January 2011

Getting it just right

I have to say that I am really enjoying my course thus far and I have to share why. While creating my blog yesterday I decided to make the description of my blog be, 'the world of web design and development through these eyes'. I mulled over the description thinking that having a reference to my take on web development without any graphical representation seemed flat. After discussing with Mr Edward Blokland, aka IT Director Extraordinaire, I decided to put a graphic on my blog title. Ed suggested that I use an old photo I have with me wearing green contacts. So I opened the photo in Photoshop and then realised that I had dark circles around my eyes and that the white around my irises had a pink tint to it. Well the thing about that is our lesson that day included retouching a face in a photo to get rid of the dark make up smudges around the eyes and .. wait for it .. remove some redness in the white of the eyes... hmm, happy accident; I think not. The world coming together in a cosmic symphony of pure awesomeness, maybe but I think it had more to do with me having eyes on the brain from my morning class.

I was able to apply what I learned that day in class on the blog I was asked to create, and I think it turned out brilliantly on so many levels.

Cheers to a good first week.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

First Blog Entry

I am taking a web design and web development course at Conestoga College's Waterloo campus. Conestoga's Waterloo campus has a substantial presence in the IT world of Colleges and even Universities. I am quite fortunate to have found this course as it is the embodiment of everything I need for my career; let alone the fact that it has two things that I love. Graphic design (Art) and development; sweeeeeeeet. I had to choose between taking graphic design at Sheridan or Computer Programmer/Analyst at Conestoga in 2001. Unfortunately my art portfolio was lacking..aka not completed, so programming it was. I have to say that I am quite pleased with the situation I have found myself in.

I am looking forward to learning action script (flash) and Java.

More to come soon...