One thing about me that you should probably know: I absolutely love planning. I am the queen of color-coding and sticky notes. Staples is one of my favorite stores (next to Target, of course). I also spent a pretty penny in order to get the cover of my Erin Condren life planner monogrammed and set with metallic paper. I wouldn’t call it an obsession, just a perfectly healthy passion for planning everything. *cue heavy breathing*
That being said, I was super pumped after reading the chapter in Writer/Designer on “Drafting and Revising Your Project” because it talks a lot about planning for your major project; in this case our e-Portfolio. There were two places within the chapter that stood out to me and changed how I thought about my e-Portfolio, the first being the rough draft checklist. Some of the things on the list were pretty basic and something I would check without having to think about it (such as finalizing my written content). However, other items on the checklist made me re-think all of the individual parts of the e-Portfolio.
For example, creating a style guideline to follow throughout the e-Portfolio and bringing attention to/making a plan for the navigation of the website. I am a huge proponent of a cohesive aesthetic feel to a website, however, I have never thought about creating an actual style guideline for my e-Portfolio site. I have worked on one before for my current marketing job on campus, so I think following a guide similar to that one would be really effective and beneficial to me! Right now I am thinking of following neutral tones that are calming. I want the people who visit my site to feel relaxed and invited to read my work in an approachable atmosphere. The topic of mental health can be such a scary thing for people; I want to keep the tone of the e-Portfolio as calming and inviting as possible!
As far as the navigation of the site goes, I remember taking a web design class in middle school (obviously SO outdated compared to the technology of 2015) and we discussed the importance of navigation when it comes to websites. We worked through an exercise where we acted as an audience member viewing our page and tried to imagine where their eyes would be led to on the page based on our design choices and where they would be most likely to click first after reading the homepage. Looking through the lens of an audience member really helped clear up any discrepancies I had with the navigation of my little 2007 website. Although the technology may have changed, I think practicing the same exercise will be very helpful for me when I am creating my e-Portfolio navigation. Also, sticky notes are always a must.
Ultimately, I am super pumped to start working on my e-Portfoilo, but also weary of the time needed to execute my dreams for this website. I think with a lot of pre-planning and use of my prior knowledge, I will be able to make my e-Portfolio the perfect representation of me.