April 04, 2012

Website Project: The Lord of the Rings

Hey dudes! Happy hump day... I hope you're feeling the same sense of relief I am for meeting the week's halfway mark! Can't wait for weekend... Titanic 3-D anyone?

I thought today I would share another project, this one being my Web 2 final. We had to put together a fully functioning website based on The Lord of the Rings. I don't have the actual link to share, just a couple photos from the mockup:


Home Page


Author Page


At first I was like, "Whaaaa? That doesn't sound like a very pretty topic..." but it was exactly what I needed to experience to understand how being a designer works. I don't get to pick the work- the work picks me!

So, never having seen the movies before, I had to step up my game and research the movies, the books, the characters, everything to help give me a better idea of what the movie was about and what I would focus on in the content.

My presentation went really well. In fact, my instructor said afterwards that it was the best version of the project he's seen anyone turn in! I was absolutely shocked to hear that, but it felt really good to get some positive feedback, especially with the negativity that came from my surprise flu weekend.

My next round of classes are Multimedia Design and Production Methods; I think it's going to be really fun! Our first project in my Multimedia class was a group project- come up with a plan to develop a video to sell a fictional product, "The Stapler 3000!" We had lots of laughs coming up with the special features including an easy button trigger and an LED light that "lets you know when you're low." Sounds genius, right? ;)

It was interesting... we had a discussion about working in groups and how there needs to be a "Creative" type and a "Technical" type. We all went around the room and said what type we thought we were. I naturally said creative, but sometimes I think I am a weird collaboration of both.

What type do you think you fit under? Do you like to come up with all the ideas or do you like to figure out how it's going to work?

21 comments:

  1. Good job on the website! And YES, being a designer is (sometimes unfortunately) about making whatever the job requires--it's not always about making your own pretty ideas come to life. On the other hand, it's good to make things that you wouldn't otherwise, because you learn that you're capable of working outside your own zone and you get to learn a lot!

    I think I'm a mix of both as well--about 1/2 my business is coding/SEO and the other 1/2 is design. It's pretty handy though because I don't typically have to rely on anyone else to code something for me and customers like that I can do everything for them and they don't have to deal with multiple people or companies.

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  2. I sometimes think I would have really enjoyed graphic design. You get to do such cool projects! Better than business classes :)

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  3. Looks REAL good. Congrats on the instructor Commenta!

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  4. So the #1 reason why I decided to not [officially] pursue an artistic career is because I have a tiny, er big, problem with self-competiveness. I love that I am able to take things slow by doing photography on the side. But girl, I am such a perfectionist when it comes to my own photos/artwork/etc. and if I can't get something JUST right, I either (a) give up, (b) cry, (c) tell myself it's because I'm talentless, or (d) want to through my computer out the window.

    With all that said, I LOVE your positivity and enthusiasm --- and SUCCESS with your degree! All these things sound like fun and I'd love to [theoretically] take the classes for fun. But, you go girl! =]

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  5. This is the kind of thing I'm not so sure about when it comes to designing- do I really want to be slave to the client?? At the same time, it's kind of gratifying to know you can make something good out of any circumstance.
    As for the type of person I am - definitely a bit of both. I love being creative but I also love coming up with a solution to whatever the "problem" is.

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  6. That's a good point. The work I get paid to do is never my favourite or best work. Thats why I started a design blog to show the work I love... Not what clients want.
    Your web project looks great by the way.

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  7. For someone who hadn't seen the movies, this website looks super cute! I am a huge LOTR fan and I love this. I really regret not doing more graphic design classes in college. I think it's something I'd really enjoy if I knew more!

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  8. I love your design! I'm taking web design in the Fall. :)

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  9. I love the design, adding the LoTR font type was a great touch.

    As for what I am I have to say I'm easily half and half, I enjoy creating new designs but wouldn't find a project complete unless I was yelling at the code trying to work out what I broke.

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  10. You've never read/seen Lord of the Rings... oh dear lord, heh.

    Very good work on the design though, pulls me in.

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  11. You have a great career ahead of you, for sure!

    PS. rent/buy/torrent the movies now. but dont watch them all in one sitting- its brutal lol

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  12. Readin this post makes me wish I could go back & trade my teaching degree for one in web design! You are learning so much about the process & "whys" of web design. Stuff I'm having to learn the hard way.

    Great Mockup! And you are SO right, "I don't get to pick the work- the work picks me!"

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  13. Great job. I'm both types. And I need for you to watch those movies. lol.

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  14. I wish a lot of things and among them the thing I wish the most is to pick the kind of work I want to do.It ain't happening.I'm okay with working outside my comfort zone as long as I don't have to deal with something like this : http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell
    (go on,clickety click.No,really - it's a scream)

    I love the mock up - the colours and the images mesh beautifully.The font is in place as well.No harsh contrasts.Wonderfully done! :)

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  15. I like to think up how it's going to work. Brainstorming the original ideas is actually pretty hard for me, although I'm working on that. A lot of times when I'm designing, I'll just start throwing stuff up and see what happens - once I have some elements to work with then I can start piecing things together into a concept easier! But it's really hard for me to come up with a concept first, for some reason.

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  16. Bahhhh! The huge nerd in me loves LOTR && this is just awesome :)

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  17. so I just found your blog today and am totally intrigued by this post. I'm off to do some searching in your archives to learn more about you and what classes you're taking, etc. :) just wanted to say hi! :D

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  18. Great work, honey, especially considering it's not your interest!

    Personally, I'm the Technical Type! Totally type A, and I get shit done... quick! I'd like to think I'm fairly creative, but I am much more organizational!

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  19. I guess I'm a little bit of both, I like coming up with ideas and then playing around until I can make it work. I'd actually love to go back to school for web development so I can design pretty sites and then make them amazing with php and all that jazz! (Your description of your Multimedia class project totally makes me miss college haha)

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