Welcome to WordArt Demon. This blog will provide a platform where I will publish my reflections on various web design topics for my third year communication class at UOIT. As an interactive medium, I hope my peers will take advantage of the comment sections to provide constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement. I look forward to filling this space soon!
What’s in a name?
What on earth is the WordArt Demon? Those who remember earlier versions of Microsoft Word will recall “Word Art.” This handy little feature allowed you to create custom text, often in varying degrees of tackiness: rainbow fonts, arching and dipping titles, or, for extra effect, 3-D text. Word Art could be seen on garage sale flyers, grade 9 science projects, and book report title pages. Perhaps its modern kin would be sparkling animated kitten gif. This blog hopes to help the average person dodge design monsters like the WordArt demon by simplifying web design theories into digestible ideas and examples.
The Medium is the Message.
I choose WordPress because it is a platform that I am familiar with, having used it twice before. I have gotten to know the Dashboard and some of its quirks. WordPress comes equipped with clean and simple templates that are easy to apply with the click of a button, and allow for moderate customization with their free offer. For my website, I choose the Mystique WordPress theme. This theme came with several desirable features: customizable colour scheme, six different layouts, and unique social networking tabs. I find the textured background visually pleasing: it provides a pattern without being overwhelming or distracting to the content. I also feel the rainbow colour explosion header prevents this theme from simply being another boring minimalist theme. The pairing of rainbow colours and black balances nicely, preventing the appearance from being too perky (and difficult to take seriously) or too sombre (and somewhat depressing). In addition, this template comes with an easy-to-read font, which is a vital component to good design. The font is also sans seriff, which seems to be trendy right now. Although bowing to trends can appear unoriginal, it can help a site appear modern and up-to-date.
Text, Tone and Technicalities
The overall tone of the website is meant to be inviting, from the cheerful colour scheme to the somewhat cheeky line at the top of the website, cautioning visitors to “beware of the WordArt Demon.” This playfulness will be reflected in the writing, which will be a mix between an academic and relaxed tone. I hope to be able to interpret academic material into readable, enjoyable blog posts. At the moment, my website is fairly compact. As more content is added, the number of pages and posts will grow, and may necessitate a layout revision. The top bar allows plenty of space for expansion, as does the side bar. As the structure of our assignments requires us to look at the most current post, I included a “sticky” feature that ensures the latest posts stays at the top of the page, and includes an eye-catching header. I anticipate making design changes throughout the semester to ensure maximum enjoyablity for readers.