After sending countless messages to GoDaddy and surfing far too many forums, I finally managed to get a close-to-finished version of my website up and running. I still have some formatting issues to deal with, but at least it’s up.
Thanks to the MacHeist nanoBundle, which is still available for another 13 hours, I was able to procure a copy of RapidWeaver (as well as some other Mac applications that I may or may not ever use) for about $20.
RapidWeaver is a web design application with a sleek, simple interface and the ability to run lots of third-party plugins. What does this all means for me? It means that I will now be able to create, relatively easily, a personal web site. So I can actually host my blog and portfolio on an actual site, as opposed to WordPress.
I’ve only been tinkering with it at this point, but eventually I’ll end up buying a domain and transferring everything over to it. I need to think up a new name and url. I have some in mind, but I am open to suggestions.
Maybe the fact that I’ll be owning, and paying, for a site will prompt me to update more.
Three years flies past pretty quickly. I seems like only yesterday I was sitting in Nancy Kovak’s Intro to Advertising – Copy class looking around awkwardly at my classmates.
I remember that on my very first day of college, I sat beside Tony and in front of Chris. After that class ended, I decided that I’d track down the room for my next class. I wandered over to the I Wing, found the room, and then stood there for a few minutes trying to figure out what to do next. I then noticed two girls that I recognized from my previous class walking down the hallway towards me, Sofia and the long-gone Katie. Being the social butterfly that I am, I introduced myself and sheepishly asked if I could tag along with them. We then walked up the street to Katie’s apartment, setting up the standard between-class activities that we would do. As our core group expanded to include Tony and Cassie, we would drive over to Katie’s place and watch The Price is Right on our breaks.
College pushed me out of my shell, mostly because I enjoyed being there. I enjoyed what I was learning and I loved the people that I was surrounded by. In high school I had plenty of friends, but only a handful of people I really care to stay in contact with. I’ll bump into someone from time to time and we’ll chat and say, “Let’s head out to the pub or something one of these day to catch up,” but we never do and it really doesn’t bother me the slightest that we don’t. But, in a rare moment of seriousness, I can honestly say that the people I hang out with regularly are my best friends. I fucking love you guys. I would go to the ends to the earth for you and I’ve never really been able to say that before. I sincerely hope that we all manage to keep in contact after the end of our time at Mohawk. Maybe I shouldn’t say all. Most.
So if in first year I came into my own personality-wise, in second I figured out that, at the very least, I know that I want to be in advertising. I can’t remember too many noteworthy stories of second year off the top of my head, though. Either nothing too interesting happened, or I’ve been drinking too much.
Third year rolled around, and it seemed that everyone had developed this weird apathy towards the program. I think that we started to get annoyed with the inadequacies of the program, the workload and maybe just the uncertainty of whether we could get (or even want) jobs in advertising. The profs noticed this and we had a few speeches about it. What ended up getting us interested again was our Agency Tours. Seeing what the real world is like, even just for a few hours, seemed to give us that drive to do better.
Then the Christmas break finally came. The time off from school was much needed, and the Advertising New York Trip was such a blast. We had such an awesome group of people from our class together on the trip, and we met so many awesome people the other years and other programs.
And into the final semester. The push to put together a great portfolio is so stressful, which many of us have been alleviating with near-constant partying on weekends. I really wish I had began to go out more last year. I’ve been having so much fun these past few weeks just depriving myself of sleep for the sake of fun.
edit: I forgot to mention MCA. Since I still have another week of it, I will refrain from speaking my mind for the time being. I will have an additional post once the semester is over.
I have a book together that I’m proud of, I have prospects for internships, I have plans with Bobby and Lindsay to move in together once we all get jobs. I’m ready to head out into the working world. In an uncharacteristic display of optimism, I think that the future is bright.
I know the last few posts haven’t really been all that great in terms of content. Raf has us blogging for class, so the last few have been counted as assignments. Humour will come soon.
Raf told us to review a design blog, then advertise it via a tweet. I hate that sort of self-promotion, namely because most of the time when anyone I know links to their own blog post, it tend to be horrid. So as I finish this entry, I will tweet about it. Reluctantly.
So from the list we were given, I chose to review Hello Monday, for no reason other than that the screen-grab on the list had a this awesome brown/black duotone colour scheme to it. Brown always has this great earthy feel to it.
After clicking on the link, I was brought to an awesome loading page. It’s not too often that I’m impressed while my shitty internet connection loads up a Flash-enriched webpage. The loading screen scrolls through and reads “Loading: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday” et cetera, et cetera. “Clever,” I said aloud.
That colour scheme gives me wood. I’ll need a minute.
[One full minute elapses, which turns into 15.]
What I noticed, and liked, about the main page was that when you scroll over each set of work it highlights in full colour. I also liked the whale animation. I don’t know why, but I did. Each set carries common colours, which gives a nice contrast to the various browns, and really is a nice touch. Click on one, and it brings in a closer view as well as information about whichever collection you’ve chosen. Dragging the cursor left or right lets you scroll through.
Clicking the links in the top right header bar fluidly scrolls through the different pages. That fluidness makes for a very easy and appealing site to navigate.
Frankly, I was hoping for a terrible site so I could rip it apart. That would likely provide more opportunities for jokes. But I’m actually quite impressed. The design is awesome, the concept is awesome and the little sprinklings of humour are appreciated. The FWA review of the site is well-earned.
And that’ll wrap it up. That’s what she said. Damnit.