Reflection on emotional and responsive design

Emotional and repsonsive design are two very different key aspects of design we've been implementing this semester on our websites. Emotional design is about catching someone's eye, about making people feel a certain way. I hope my website makes people feel calm and excited at the same time. The cool colors of my nav bar, combined with the wispy sky background photo on my desktop and iPad display make for a soothing combination of colors and textures. Responsive design I believe is more directly tied with accessibility and being flexible in different environments. It's being adaptable to different situations. It's about catering to the audience, and knowing what they want to hear. Responsive design is in my website through the ALT text on my photos, in the responsive layout when the screen size is switched from monitor to iPad to mobile. My website is ready to be accessed from virtually (pun intended!) anywhere.

Reflection on my progress

I entered this class with hopes to build an empire of a website. The journey has only begun. I remember thinking, "oh it won't be that much harder than using Google Sites." Boy, was I wrong. This is a completely new ball-game, and I didn't have the same tween boyband obsession to fuel creating this website because it was about myself. I tend to be interested in projects where I get to show someone else's story, journey, project, business, etc. I feel like that's the nature of many of the classes I've taken--it's about supporting others and empowering individuals and groups. Even though I am human and as such am quite good at talking about myself, it was hard to actually create a website about myself. What is my direction? Where do I want this website to go, and where am I going?
It's easy to get caught up in the small hiccups and miss the big picture. I am able to #codetheweb using free software and that is awesome! This is truly a useful skill and I am excited to keep the website running. The website has already gone through many phases, whether that was the floralwhite background phase, or the pixelated sunset photo shot on my iPhone SE phase. Right now, I've got a picture of a sunset taken on a Canon t5ii. I took the picture last summer, which was my first time using a "real" camera by myself. I've worked with cameras in groups but I've never been like oh yeah let me work this thing I got it no need for any help. It was daunting to realize just how difficult something as easy-looking as taking a picture could be. I feel the same way about coding. It's easy to see it from afar and think, "wow this is going to be easy!" It is far from easy and it has taught me patience in the process. I have accepted that the site will never be perfect, but it can be more readable, accessible, and comprehensive if I keep trying to work on it little by little.