Wikipedia post and final blog post :(!

Here’s the link to Wikipedia:

Above are views of the changes I made to the Wikipedia page that gives information on personal homepages. The Wikipedia page says that personal homepages are made to inform and entertain readers, which is entirely true. Yet, it also says that social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, serve the same purpose of a personal homepage, which I  disagree with. I added that services, such as these sites, may enable people to express one’s opinions or creative passions, but personal web pages, furthermore, enable users to present themselves and their work on a more professional level and in a professional format. Personal websites also provide the ability of individuals to present themselves as a professional to other companies whom they may want to work for in the future and mixing this information with your social life on facebook, for example, may alter an employee’s view of that person. I don’t mean that you may have pictures of you partying at college, but even pictures of you that may not project the “serious” character that an employer may want in you , for example, may be seen, not on your profile due to privacy settings, but may be found on someone else’s. For this reason, I chose to segregate my facebook account from my personal homepage. I continued writing that a personal website allows creators to post evidence of a professional background and experience such as resumes and work samples, if applicable. The personal homepage can be designated for solely that purpose of presenting yourself and your professional work as well.

So, although this course has come to an end, I will continue to edit, build my personal homepage, and share it with others. Tomorrow, I will be posting two more design pieces I just finished, and I hope that you all will continue to view it. Because I created my site on, you can follow me, so please do! I wish you all the best of luck, and thanks Evan and Danny for teaching a great semester!

Additionally, in attempting to spread the word about my homepage, I emailed Jenny in Barcelona, the German woman who created her personal homepage, “I Love Muffins,” and she emailed me back! Below are our emails. I sent her the URL to my homepage so now people even in Barcelona can know about my homepage with word of mouth from Jenny!

My Recordings of Computerized Items

Tonight, the two obvious computerized items that I used were the computer and my cell phone. I not only used my cell phone to call my mom, text my friends, and make a to-do list for the week, but I also used it to set my alarm for tomorrow morning. In using my computer, I wrote this blog post and checked Facebook and my email accounts for updates. Tonight, my roommates and I made chicken so we defrosted it using the microwave’s poultry defrost button. Once you press this button, the microwave automatically sets the timer to defrost the chicken for a certain amount of time. We also used the “automatic popcorn” button to pop the popcorn for the specified time.  We used the heat, which is set to reach a certain temperature, automatically and we watched a movie that our DVR program recorded last week. So, after thinking back on how many computerized devices I used in one night, I realized how dependable we are on these devices and really started thinking about how life was when we did not have all of these items of convenience. It is interesting to think about the fact that we use these devices every single day and not too long ago when our parents were young, they have non of these items! Well, they did have heat.

Switching over to Hulu

Before this blog assignment, I had never used Hulu before. I hardly ever watch TV because I always miss the showtimes in regular television. After exploring Hulu, I see how easy it is for users to watch shows that he/she may miss during airtime on regular television. Also, after exploring the site, I realized how much I have been missing out on! Youtube is a site that I have gone on to watch music video clips with friends or funny videos that people have posted, but as far as watching a television show, I would never use YouTube because I think the quality is horrible. Additionally, this is also why I have not been so quick to trying a site like Hulu to watch TV. So, a few nights ago, the American Music Awards were on, and I missed them! That is the one awards show I look forward to watching, and plus, one of my favorite singers Justin Beiber performed!(I am not embarrassed to say that). Although I was very upset about this, I decided to go on Hulu and watch the clip of Justin Beiber’s performance of his song Mistletoe. The only issue was that I couldn’t find it. The only results were Justin’s Beiber’s music video Mistletoe so I watched that instead. The quality was perfect and watching his music video was great, but I was surprised that Hulu did not have it, and I wrote “Justin Beiber Mistletoe American Music Awards 2011” in the search box. Afterwards, I checked the clip out of YouTube. The quality was not nearly as good as Hulu and the overall design of the website is just less attractive. Overall, with the advertisment display before the clip on Hulu and the overall quality, Hulu seems to be more professional. Not only can not just anybody post clips of Music Videos, but with Hulu, I actually felt like I was watching tv. Watching the video on YouTube, it seemed as if any videographer taped the Justin Beiber video and posted it. Additionally, there’s an area on YouTube for comments, which lowers the professional level of the site as well. Thus, I will definitely be watching any future music videos on Hulu!

Noticing where Credit is Due

It was not until this summer when I started take my design work to a professional level by putting my portfolio online did I realize the many of rules and issues that are encountered with what is “copying” someone’s work. To create a design piece of one’s own, just like making a recipe, people always look to other work for inspiration. If I wanted to design a background for a poster I was creating, I would simply go on Google and find a number of backgrounds with I felt fit my piece. Then I would download or copy a number of the ones that I liked, (this process is called creating a swipe), and choose a background from this narrowed-down “swipe” of mine. Now, the issue that many young artists encounter is re-creating or altering the background so that it is your own. I cannot use any of the backgrounds I chose without altering it in Photoshop or Illustrator by changing the color, for example. I have come to realize that as an artist, I want the work that I make to be mine, and as easy as it is to just copy and paste a background into my work, I would not be able to truly say, “This artwork is mine.” This is why whenever I go to download a font on the internet, I always see a note underneath saying, “Please credit so-and-so for their work,” or it will say, ” for personal use only,” meaning that I can use their font if I am not sharing my work with public. The trust is in the hands of the individual that uses the font. Moreover, now probably due to the number of copyright issues, you have to pay to use someone font, and many fonts or over $35!

Googling Myself

Well, today I searched myself on Google and was happy to find that the first link was my Linkdin Account. If any professionals google search my name, it is relieving to know that they can just click on the first link on Google to see my profile and resume on Linkdin. The second link was twitter and the following links were links to artworks that I have posted on a blog I created during the summer to upload my artwork for a graphic design class I took. Although I was happy to see that my work was being broadcasted, I am not satisfied about some of the art pieces that I did this past summer, so now that I know that the whole world can see them, I will be making that blog private. I also found my personal homepage website to be the 9th link on Google. I am hoping that with an increase in networking with others, my homepage will  move up to be the in the top 5 links of mine. I feel that many individuals who are searching for somebody quickly, won’t look further than the first few links of Google if they’re trying to find something quick. As for other links regarding my name,  it was interesting to see others that have the same last name as myself. Page 2 had a few random links, such as one to the “Alster Hotel,” located in Hamburg, Germany, and a few links to other people with the last name of Alster from all over Europe. Through the internet, I can find so many people with the same last name from all over the world, which creates this new  familiarity and commonality for me with others I’d never knew I find a commonality with!

Homepage updates!

Hi everyone!

So, after getting the html coding sequence down, I finally know how to make a sidebar along side each page, within each category. This way the sidebar is not a long list of images compiled from every page of my website. Here’s what I mean:


Once you click on either of the headline categories, Graphic Design or Studio Art as examples above, it brings you to the first image of my graphic design work (left image) and the first image of my studio artwork (right image), along with a list of my other pieces I have done in both areas. Each list is completely different, for the sidebar depends on the category of her users click on to see. This was a huge step I needed to accomplish in order to continue updating and editing the pages of my website. Now, I have an organized (organization is key) list of my work, categorized under separate pages, which makes it easier for users to know what type of work of mine that they are looking at. This is essential because let’s say someone wants to hire me for a design position, but only wants to see my skills in typography. Now, they can just go to the category, “typography,” and see the relevant work they want to see from me.  I clearly have not uploaded all of my graphic design work yet because as you can see the list is compiled of two pieces, BUT I will be uploading more this week. I also plan on including a description of each piece underneath the artwork.

Additionally, a friend of mine came up to me today and said, “Elissa, I got your tweet that you put another artwork ” No Time for Breakfast,” up, and it looks awesome!” I didn’t even tell her about my website, so it was really great to hear that Twitter was automatically spreading the word about my website and telling people its updates for me!

Presentation Tomorrow:)

Hi Guys,

Tomorrow, I will be telling you all about my experiences in creating my personal homepage. I will be telling you about what the focus of my homepage is aimed at, and how I use this homepage to present and share information, professionally, about my desired career to the public. I will explain Dreamweaver, a software used to create a personal homepage and why I used WordPress, which is used as a personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability, instead. The details behind the dynamics of building a website technologically can get very complex so I will give you an overview about coding and how coding sequences are used in WordPress to enables users to  create, build, and edit a website. As you will hear my partner present her experiences of creating blogs and profiles of Linkdin, Google+, and MySpace, we will compare and contrast our experiences and tell the differences there are between a personal homepage/website and a profile created on Linkdin, Google+, or MySpace. The question that I want to ask all of you is, “Do you or any friends know of/have any personal homepages that you view or own?  If so what do they revolve around?” See you tomorrow!

The Switch

After taking the workshop this past Sunday on Dreamweaver, I spent many hours trying to edit my homepage, personalize it, and replace my images with the puppy images. The point of my project is to create a homepage that projects my passion as an Artist and my experience in the field and to express it to the public, and after the workshop, the homepage I had made was about Lonely Orphan Puppies. I explained the reason the subject of “Lonely Puppies” in my previous post. As the day went on in editing my homepage, I found myself constantly Googling tutorials on the exact coding sequences I need to change the images, the format, and the character of my type. It was not until I met with another instructor last night that said,  “Why are you using Dreamweaver? Did you know that you could make a website using WordPress? It enables you to make websites however you’d like; You can design them, add pages, add links, and do mostly everything you do on Dreamweaver. The greatest aspect about it is that they have many of the coding sequences done for you!” With that said, I learned from him for 3 hours about how to create my new homepage on WordPress, and I am relieved to have learned this. My website will also look nothing like a blog, and I will explain the differences in my presentation next week! Plus, the ways in which I can share my website is now so clear and convenient for me! WordPress automatically has buttons to have appear on my homepage, such as facebook, twitter, and linkdin, where I could allow users from any network to view my website. Below are “before” and “after” pictures to see the transition I made from Dreamweaver to WordPress. Keep in my mind that after image is still a draft of my homepage that will be improved as the semester continues.


BEFORE                                                                                                                                                               AFTER

Too Much Information

Hi All,

This past Sunday, I attended a four and a half hour workshop that was apparently going to teach me all there is to know about the software Dreamweaver CS5.5 and how to create, edit, and maintain my own homepage using it. Well, they certainly gave me all the information there is to know about what I previously stated, but there was the concern of whether or not I was going to be able to remember it all and that is still my worry. After receiving so many steps on how to create new pages linked to the homepage, change a font, or a background image, and import new images, I wish they would have given us a printed Word Document on the key and crucial steps that we learned.

Additionally,  I had hoped to create my own homepage that would center on my own interests of what I wanted my homepage to focus on, the instructor had the class create a homepage with the same focus for everyone so we could follow his structure of organization on this particular Dreamweaver homepage we were making in the workshop. Thus, the title of the homepage was called SLOP, Saving Lonely Orphan Puppies. I do understand that in order for everyone to follow along with the instructor easiest, we must create the same homepage, but now my worry is being to edit the homepage in my free time to make it pertain to myself.  I defnitely learned a lot about Dreamweaver and now I have a concrete homepage composition with links! I also know that now I just need to stay organized when editing my homepage for this class, but I just hope I don’t mess up a coding sequence, which can change my whole composition. I will keep you updated on my progress! 🙂

Meeting with an Expert

Today, I was finally able to get started on my homepage! By doing so, I had to meet with someone who knew a thing or two about the software Dreamweaver CS5 to help me get started. When I first got there, I told him about my background and the fact that I am very inexperienced in creating a website, but I needed and wanted to take on this challenge. He affirmed that with a desire to do it, I will, so we got started. He first showed me that there is a free 30-day trial for the software that I can download on my computer to work on it at home. I know I will eventually have to buy the monthly/yearly subscriptions and eventually the software download itself, but this was good enough for now.  He explained to me the importance of having correct dimensions for the composition of each page layout of the homepage and website pages so that there is no unnecessary white space below all of my type/images on a page, for example. Additonally, he showed me the distorted form that an image will be shown as on a page if these dimensions are incorrect. Knowing the exact coding in order to keep the correct dimensions when editing my pages was the issue I was nervous about. But, I wrote on a Word Document the coding sequences I should know in order to prevent the previous issue. He also taught me what an XHTML markup is which is the type of Dreamweaver text file, or document that is composed of tags, the elements that define the parts of a web page, including paragraphs, headings, lists, images, links, etc. An example of a coding sequence is as follows:


This is an h3 (heading 3) element. <h3> is the start tag, Interests is the text, and </h3> is the end tag.

He also taught me how to make content active so that people could click on the “link” to bring them to that specific page. He even created one for me so I have a start-off point. The one note that I found very vital for me was organization. I made folders for the pages that would be holding images, the pages that would be other websites I look at for inspiration for my artwork, and the pages that would have my resume and information about myself. I learned a lot from him this first time meeting and we plan to meet this week as well!