Final Blog Post (finally)

Well, this is it. The last school assignment of any sort I am writing before graduation. It feels surreal.

As I said last week, the course was not what I was expecting, as I thought it would be more about “writing” than it was about…well, writing HTML code. What I gathered from it–or at least one of the things I’ll take away–is that the world of the internet is always changing. In fact, this course would probably have to be revamped every few years in order to keep up.

The key to successful internet writing, I think, is knowing your audience, and knowing your website’s house style. I have been writing for the website Animated Views for years. As a result, I know what the readers expect from the site, which in turn means I know how to keep it going. But at the same time, knowing your audience can potentially make it difficult to find a new one.

I thank Dr. Campbell for her course, and apologize that many of my assignments didn’t turn out quite like I had hoped. Also, she made a wonderful pie. I almost wanted to bring it home with me.

#Blog Post 7

My search for an “interesting” website took me to unexpected and uncharted places, yet funnily enough, it was the page for the Milwaukee Ballet that ultimately caught my attention. I say “funnily enough” since I haven’t been to a ballet in years, but this site does a good job at capturing the “prestige” that the company is clearly going for.

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The most notable thing about the website is its use of video for its main menu. The page immediately comes to life as soon as you enter it, with the dancers magically and gracefully moving across the screen as you make your selection. The prominent font in front of them again adds to the “majesty” the site is going for. This ballet company is very, very important, apparently, and they want for you to know that!

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That level of “elegance” continues as you scroll across the company’s upcoming performances. Everything seems regal and dignified, giving each production a certain level of “class.” The nice photography gives each show a level of sophistication.

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Even when we click on the main menu, the website practically seems to explode off the screen with grace and beauty. Notice the color contrasts here! The site is using “white” overwhelming to give everything a clean, almost royal look, and the red curtain behind the dancers emphasizes their importance. If you are planning on going to one of their shows, their website will certainly make you want to see one.

 

Removing Red Eye

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This is Dora the Explorer. Technically, she has naturally brown eyes, but we are monsters, so we are going to tell her she shouldn’t have them. Dora is now very sad and wants gray eyes. But how can we give them to her?

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Let’s move our cursor over to the icon that looks like an eye. Let’s just say we’re all new to Photoshop, okay? We’ll call this the “eye button.” Everyone cool? Good. Because we have to hurry. Dora is getting very upset.

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Holy crap, that button actually normally looks like a bandage. Scratch the last section of instructions. Click on that bandage, then click on the eye. Let’s just say that this is our first time trying to use a Mac, okay? Windows is so much more simpler, dammit! Anyway, let’s get back to “fixing” Dora’s eyes because she’s crying now.

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Wow, we’ve already begun ruining her. What we just did was hold down the mouse button to wrap a square around her eye. When we released the button, BOOM! Her eye is now gray. Dora now looks like a cyborg. We won’t tell Dora that, though, because she thinks she looks amazing. Let’s “fix” her other eye.

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And we’ve done it. By repeating the process on her other eye, we’ve now made Dora into a freak. We’ve told her that she looks ugly, and that we were just messing with her when we told her she had “red eye,” and now her eyes look like they came from an old black and white movie or something. Dora is now freaking her shit out, but we won’t tell her it can be undone easily by clicking “step backward.” However, we’re not done f*cking around with Dora yet. Let’s see what else we can do to her!

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What we have just done is we have used the tool, but on her entire body. Now the software is “finding red eyes,” because technically that’s all it’s meant to be used for, but we really don’t like Dora very much, and this is too much fun. Let’s see what happens when it’s done!

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 2.12.59 PMThere. Look at that f*cking monstrosity. We have turned Dora into some kind of a…well, I’m not even sure what to call her. She looks like she’s slowly turning into stone, or maybe she is covered in grime because we told her there was buried treasure in a rock pit or something. Anyway, that’s the “red eye” tool! Use it for whatever evil purpose you want to. Or don’t. Dacey might end up expelled from the class for this post anyway (just kidding, right? Right?).