Shawn McCraw, of McCraw Designs, Guest Speaker.

23 02 2010

It’s always nice to hear from someone who works in your chosen career, as a student. His or her experience, advise, and knowledge isn’t something that can be taught in a classroom; theirs is a data mine of trial and error, of career paths, first hand knowledge of dealing with clients, and of producing exciting creative work-that ultimately is about addresses a problem, while at the same time communicating the appropriate message, in a dynamic way, that generates value.

This is the modus operandi of Shawn McCraw, of McCraw Designs, who came to speak to a couple of classes of graphic and web design students, last Tuesday, 2/16/10, at my school, The Art Institute of Austin.

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Created My First JavaScript Array. w00t!

2 02 2010

I missed last weeks class due to a sinus headache (hate them), so I didn’t have the benefit of giving Gina a blank look and saying things like, “I’m confused,” or “What was that again?” Or the one question I really want to ask after this assignment, or actually a question I started asking myself during Flash class today is, “I really need some more back ground on syntax.”

So I downloaded the pdf of Gina’s lecture, which she thankfully emailed to me, and low and behold, a good portion covered syntax, score. I also decided to put my data augering skills to work and googled, “JavaScript Syntax” and came across this site,and they had a tutorial on JavaScript Syntax. The great thing about this tutorial site, and Gina’s lecture, is that they both ended with creating an array.

What is an aray? To quote the tutorial,

An array is a grouping of objects that can be accessed through subscripts. At its simplest, an array can be thought of as a list.

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JavaScript Event Handler Fail!!!

25 01 2010

My 1st attempt at writing a JavaScript event handler failed :(. I’m not sure what I did wrong, I’m going to have to ask my instructor, Gina, tomorrow in class. I’ll give you the basic rundown of what I was trying to do. In our last class, which was our introduction to event handlers we wrote a script that changed an unhappy pet rock

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JavaScript: Live it, Learn it, Love it!

17 01 2010

So, the 1st day of class was all about introducing us to JavaScript.

In brief, JavaScript is used to provide interactivity, and was especially crucial during the days of slow modem speeds, you know back when 28.8 kbs was blazing! JavaScript is useful because, unlike PHP, it is a client side technology. Meaning that all the magic happens inside the browser, limiting calls to the server. While it is a scripting language, JavaScript is fully programmable. It allows for form validation, can detect browser type, and adds or creates cool visual effects.

Originated by Netscape in circa 1995, JavaScript is made up of 3 parts:

  • ECMA Script-provides core functionality, and has similar syntax to ActionScript
  • DOM-Document Object Model- provides methods & interfaces for working with the content of a web page.The API are from XML that was extended for use with HTML, and supports CSS. Also supports mouse
    and user interface events
  • BOM-Browser Object Model-provides methods & interfaces for interacting with the browser, allowing for manipulation for browser windows.

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School Is Back In Session!

12 01 2010

The Winter Session ’10 has started! Actually today is the 2nd day of classes. I’m pretty stoked about this quarter, I’m taking the 2nd Flash class, with is going to focus a lot on ActionScript 3, Traditional Typography, Algebra, and Advanced Scripting. In Advanced Scripting, we’re focusing on developing RIA’s, Rich Internet Applications, using JavaScript.

Working With Clients: Site Outline, Data, and Navigation Hierarchy

8 11 2009

FbC Navigation Hierarchy

The Family by Choice site redesign will contain the following information with horizontal navigation. The navigation is illustrated to the right. Bare in mind, the navigation is tentative and may change:

Home Page: Will serve as an introduction to the organization and to the site.
Family by Choice is a non-profit adoption service organization for GLBT, singles, traditional, and non-traditional families throughout the State of Texas. Family by Choice is not a child placement agency, but assists families in locating and connecting to appropriate licensed adoption and foster care placing agencies, as well as other needed services, and to secure second parent adoptions when applicable. We provide information and education in all realms of adoption, foster care, and parenting at no charge. Our agency staff is made up of licensed experienced professionals, adoptive parents, adult adoptees, and volunteers. We were created with the goal of meeting a variety of specific needs of prospective and established adoptive families in an economic way. Family by Choice hosts two support groups for the GLBT community. These groups, “Daddy-Os” and “Mommy-Os”, meet on a regular basis for play dates, education meetings, and a host of other activities that support parents and children. Family by Choice is a member of the Texas Council on Adoptable Children of Texas and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. We work cooperatively with the Human Rights Campaign and the “All Families, All Children” project, with Equality Texas, as well as other national and local advocacy groups. We are a member of the Austin Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
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Working With Clients: User Profile.

8 11 2009

Now that we’ve developed our client profile, it’s time to take a look at who our potential end user may be.

Roger (L) and Thomas(R)

Gay Couple

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Roger is a high school teacher and Thomas is an account manager with a major tech company. They have been together for 10 years, and were married in California in 2008. They both native Texans and currently live in Dallas, Tx. Roger is 39 years old and Thomas is 45. Combined, they have an annual income of over $100,000. They are both very tech savvy, using the internet at least 4 to 6 hours a day.

Thomas uses the internet at work to communicate with co-workers on projects, for project management, and to communicate with clients.  Roger uses the internet as a teaching tool, he distributes class assignment via email, and teaches his students how to use the internet as a research tool for papers and other class assignment.

Leisurely, they both use the internet to stay in contact with family and friends, they frequently shop online, and also use the internet to access entertainment using services like iTunes and Hulu. They also love their iPhones! They also like to keep up with latest music, fashion, and gadget trends.

They are looking to adopt their first child within the next year. They intend to use the Family by Choice website to access information on adoption, parenting and to network with other GLBT parents. They’re also looking to retain Family by Choices services to assist them in the adoption process. They have also considered using a surrogate.

Mary (L) and Elizabeth (R)

Lesbian Couple

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Mary and Elizabeth have been together for 5 years, and married for 2, they were married in Canada in 2007. They are both 35. They both work in customer service as managers, and have a combined income of $80,000. They currently live in San Antonio.

Neither of them feel that they’re tech savvy, although they both have Facebook pages, they estimate that they use the internet about 8 to 10 hours a week. They prefer keeping in contact with family and friends via telephone, they are avid texters. They both enjoy gardening, and often entertain friends at home by hosting dinner parties.

They are interested in becoming foster parents, and are planing to conceive a child through artificial insemination sometime within the next 5 years. They are interested in learning about 2nd parent adoption. They intend to use the Family by Choice (FbC) site as a resource in how to become foster parents, and once they begin the conception process they will turn to FbC for assistance in navigating that process.

Please note, these are fictitious profiles and were created as part of a class assignment.