As an art history student who is new to the worlds of html, CSS, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and a whole laundry list of other tech and design vocabulary, I was quite nervous and excited to begin my adventure in the world of the Clio Wired classes, a required course for graduation.  After attending the first class, working on basic layouts in Dreamweaver alongside the voice of Joseph Lowery, and reading our readings, my nerves have calmed a little and my excitement has grown.

I found to be extremely useful in giving me step-by-step directions with Dreamweaver. Mr. Lowery explained the basics so very well for someone who has no previous experience. It was very encouraging when I could create the same layouts that he did, as he did them.

Kim Golombisky and Rebecca Hagen also created a very useful guide with White Space is Not Your Enemy. While their advice is not specific to website design, their basic rules and conversational writing style were both easy to follow and very informative. The abundance of design vocabulary will surely assist me in future readings and projects for this class.

The online articles assigned for the first week varied in size from three pages to 100 pages, and in style from conversational to scholarly. While conversational writing is easier to read, scholarly articles contain an abundant amount of information. The variety is welcome. 

At the close of week one, I feel as though my knowledge has been expanded and yet I still know very little about the world of website creation. I look forward to continuing in the class with the hope that I might be able to maintain my schedule in this very time-consuming endeavor.


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2 responses to “Beginings

  1. This is a very useful summary of our readings for week one. What I take away from this is the variety of scholarship available on digital humanities and the ways to build and hone your skill. Everything from hands on practice through, to a step by step guide on visual communication, to advance scholarship. I found that the variety kept me engaged with the content and excited to pull my sleeves up and get to work. Sounds like this had the same effect on you!

  2. I completely agree with you; the world of ‘CSS’ [aka the world of scary technical abbreviations] definitely made me feel nervous— but, after being able to follow some of those tutorials I felt like saying ‘eureka!’, I’ve done it!

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