Content Management Systems

Content Management Systems (CMS) are a way for people to use and create a website without actually having to do any of the coding, they just sign up and start adding in the content, like WordPress!

They have become very beneficial for anyone that just wants to blog, or make a small website for their business. It takes the hassle out of having to hire someone to create a website for them and having to also stay in touch with that person if they wish to change anything about it. That saying, it is also taking these jobs away from people who love to build and create websites.

Although CMS are great for getting content out there on a smaller level, they would not be very beneficial for a larger company. For larger companies, someone that is actually hired to take care of the website and coding of the site is crucial.

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Web v Print

There are many differences and even some similarities between web based design and printed design, some differences being the colour space, document setup, and layout (which could also be similar). The most different thing between the both that I absolutely love about printed designs is that they are more tactically interactive.

You can add things to printed designs like textures, embossing, and printed effects that just don’t do justice when displayed on a screen, you actually need to touch it to experience it.

On the other hand, web based designs are really versatile and things can always be changed, unlike print where once its out, its out for good. With new technology emerging and people discovering new ways, webs are beginning to become more interactive too. This can be seen through websites that have parallax scrolling and use other methods to boost user experience like adding audio and videos.

I think it really comes down to what people prefer, like reading books on an iPad or through paper, they both have their pros and cons.

Responsive Web Design

Responsive web design, or RWD, allows a website to respond to the different sizes of screens being used by users while keeping the same look and feel of the website (Firdaus, 2013). I believe that a responsive web design is crucial for any website to have. While I was doing a user experience survey on devices used, it was apparent that all devices from mobile, tablet, laptop, and desktop are all used by all different people.With all of the different technology out there and all of the different devices that so many different people use, websites need to be able to adapt to these sizes, and RWD allows this to happen.

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On the design side of things, I really like how RWD adapts and changes depending on the screen size being used, if you’re on your computer right now, drag your browser size around and you will see how it changes. I really love this concept of web design and I hope to be able to use it in any website that I create.

References
Firdaus, T. (2013). Responsive web design by example beginner’s guide (1st ed.). Birmingham: Packt Publishing Limited.

 

Parallax Scrolling

Parallax scrolling is a technique that originates from film and game making and is now used in web design that creates a beautiful illusion of depth in a 2D world (Ku, 2015). The visual aesthetic it can create if used properly is very effect, to my eyes anyway. I love all of the different things that can be achieved with this parallax scrolling and as Ku (2015) mentioned in his article the rising trend for visual communication, parallax scrolling really seems to be the way to go if I am wanting to create a visually pleasing website for my users.

This first image is an example of a website that uses parallax scrolling.

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-6-07-00-pmhttp://gardenestudio.com.br/index.php

This second website uses parallax scrolling but in a different way, when you move your mouse around the screen it changes and is very interactive.

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 6.08.58 PM.pnghttp://www.alquimiawrg.com/#/home

Parallax scrolling is something that I would love to try and accomplish in my career.

References
Ku, D. (2015). Parallax Scrolling: To scroll or not to scroll. Retrieved from http://umu.diva-   portal.org/smash/get/diva2:823245/FULLTEXT01.pdf