I created a fully-responsive website to coordinate with the release of my father's book, "ContraTravel".
First web design; written from scratch in HTML/CSS
needed to be fully responsive
create a cohesive, unique design to unify across all pages
coordinate with the book's release date
I did research, analysis, design, copy and page development.
Although I had previously very little experience with HTML/CSS, I really enjoyed learning them. Over the 10-week course, I absorbed as much new information as I could to be able to use these new languages.
For our main project, I decided to do the website for my dad's new book about his world travels, "Contra Travel".
I first drew out some rough sketches and ideas of how I would like to present the page. This was inspired by the energetic flow I felt in book's cover photo.
As I continued the design process, I began to realize that, as much as I loved the cover photo, it was really too noisy and would essentially impede readability. So I decided to scrap the photo background in favor of a flatter, more 'material design'-influenced style - but still referencing the palette of the photo in the choice of colors.
I did some simple wireframes for mobile and tablet to help understand spacing and placement for the UI and content.
Ultimately I created a seamless, interactive, single-page responsive design that has received praise from users - as well as the author himself.
From this experience, I realized:
how coding is so much like learning traditional language;
the intimate and beautiful relationship between HTML & CSS;
the proper language and structure for responsive design;
just how challenging programming can be.
with a bit more time, I would:
continue to deepen my familiarity and skills;
test with users to see if my design worked;
I am delighted to feel that I developed a wealth of knowledge of the inner workings of web development and working knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3. The process was challenging and very rewarding, and I am excited to continue to dive into development in the future, and continue to refine my design and coding sensibilities.
Now that we’re better acquainted: