As I always had a passion with fitness and enjoyed staying active myself, the creation of this blog and the idea of it became natural to me. I always wanted the blog to be catered to not only an audience of other fitness enthusiasts, but more so for those who were self-determined on changing their lifestyle and habits through fitness. Whether that be for someone to take something out of my blog and apply it to their own workout regimen or just inspiring one to put their foot through a gym, my goal is complete.
If this blog was intended to target those who are new to fitness, should I really be calling my blog just a “blog”? or can I call it something more fitting? perhaps this can be more of an “outlet”. As for the design of the blog, I wanted to use a theme that was user friendly and one that had default bright colors as well to make the idea and appearance of fitness more appealing for the audience. Depending on what my audience would like to read about, I have put my posts into different categories for them to navigate through more efficiently. As to ensure my posts are legitimate and “authentic”, I do try my best to incorporate as many of my own photos as possible that I have taken such as the equipment that I use for my workouts or the supplements that I take. This is to let the audience know that I am actually making the trip to the gym and doing the workouts and not just making things up for a letter grade.
By the end of the semester and as mentioned before, I hope to have inspired at least one person to join the gym and achieve their fitness goals. If more, that’s even better!
In this week’s lecture, we had Mauve Page come in to talk about web design and showing us ways we could differentiate between good and bad designing of websites through different principles (balance, rhythm, proportion, contrast etc.). The task we were sent off with was to pick our own website and do our own critique on it to see what does and doesn’t work.
The website I have chosen and one I personally use for my personal fitness needs is Bodybuilding.com. Within this website you’ll find many different supplements and apparel you can purchase online, as well as several guides regarding nutrition and exercises that you can read upon and apply to your own workout regimen!
What I like about this website is the basic, yet efficient design that allows it to be user friendly. As you can see on the home page, you have your menus that are clearly visible on the top that are catered to what you’re looking for. If you hover over one of the menus like on the image below, you’ll see it breaks down into several different categories which makes it easier for the user to find what exactly their looking for.
Overall, if I had to rate the overall website based on some of the main principles, as for balance, there’s good use of images that are symmetrical which makes the design of the website look “clean.” Proportion wise, if the company wants to promote a new product in order to get it selling, they tend to make the image of the product bigger than all others on the front page. And lastly, for contrast, there’s a good use of clear colours, text and sizing for eligibility.
For this peer review, we look at Amanda’s blog “The Nordic Graphic Design: The Female Graphic Design”. We follow Amanda’s journey on her encounters with the new faces she meets and her experiences with new cultures that she learns about while she follows her passion of being a graphic designer. What makes the idea of her blog unique is how she meshes together her life experiences as a exchange student with graphic design.
When arriving to her page, at first glance I was amazed by the amount of detail there was and how the design of the page was laid out. One example would be on the homepage, when you scroll up and down on all of her posts, there’s a small animation/transition between posts. I also really liked the different backgrounds that are shown for each post, it’s very “nature-y”.
Regarding the posts itself, I can see there was time and thought put behind each and every one of them. In her one post, DISCUSSION: Me and my friends – So it begins… Amanda talks about how the graphic designing industry is dominated by men as I would have thought there would have been an equal balance of men and women in the work field. I’m really interested to see what other female graphic designers have to say about that topic and what the majority have said when she finds out the answers to that question. Another post of hers that I found quite interesting was her process post where she was assigned to talk to a stranger. Living in Vancouver throughout my whole life, I’ve always had the vibe that it was difficult to talk to anyone in the city. She states in her post that in Sweden, people that use public transit (specifically the bus) mostly sit by themselves with their earbuds in as a sign that they do not want to be disturbed. I feel it’s like here in Vancouver as well. People are either glued to their phones or have their earphones in and block out the world. But it’s nice to see something different for a change, in this case, her being able to just strike up a conversation and talk about what she could do during her four months here in Vancouver. Perhaps everyone here is open to talking, but we’re just not open to taking that first step of striking the conversation first.
As for things that can be changed, I can’t really say much as I really like the layout and idea of her blog. One very minor issue that I did notice were a few typos in some posts, which can be fixed easily. But overall, I really like the concept of her interview type posts as it shows the exact questions that were asked and the exact responses that were given back. It shows the variety of different graphic designers and the different kinds of work they put out.
I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Amanda’s work and her interviews. Want to see Amanda’s blog for yourself? you can check it out here!
In this week’s lecture, we were given a exercise where we were to imagine a situation where the internet was going to shut down forever. But we were given one final hour to do whatever we wanted on the internet. So the question was:
“What would you do with your hour? Indulge in some Facebook nostalgia? Watch one last episode on Netflix? Download music? Explore Wikipedia? Download Wikipedia? How do you think you know will spend their last hour?”
I would be multitasking and do a combination of things. For instance, while waiting for my music to finish downloading, I would open another tab and watch a bunch of Youtube videos for the last time from the several channels that I am subscribed to. Since Youtube has the option for people to go live, it would also be cool to see what everyone around the world is doing and what they have to say before the internet shuts down. But if I only had the option of choosing one thing that I can do within the last hour of the internet, it would probably download all the music that I can. Although I can have the option of downloading my favorite TV series or favorite movies, there’s only so many times you can sit down and watch the same movie or episodes over and over again before getting bored. Whereas with music, there’s so much more variety and its something I can take with me everywhere I go, especially when going to the gym. Because we currently live in an era where the internet has become a part of our everyday lives, whether its our outlet to get the most up to date news as to what is going on in the world, or a way of communication with friends and people through social media, it’s hard to imagine what life would be like without the internet. Would the world be more quiet? or would the world itself start to go down in shambles due to the pain of boredom and limitations that would be put on us without it?