Archive for ‘new media’

March 13, 2008

UPDATE: Web Design/Development

by Kyle Smith

Well, after making about a half dozen designs I think we finally have come to a conclusion for my church’s worship site. When I first started designing the site for my church they told me to just do whatever. I knew this was not a good idea because what I like might not be the same as what the church is wanting. It took a few of the “whatever I want” designs to help them realize they might want to have more say in this. So they sent me a ton-o-links and showed me sites they wanted to model after. HOORAY! I now have something to work with. I think the design I came up with might actually become the church’s main site and then we’ll model the worship, youth, and children ministry sites from it. It’s a table/css base design. I’m really not crazy about using tables but they work for now and I’ll continue to work towards making it all CSS. Like I did before in the previous post, I’m open for suggestions… oh yea, here’s the link http://sterlingwoodworship.org/photo_main.html

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March 13, 2008

UPDATE: Web Design/Development

by Kyle Smith

Well, after making about a half dozen designs I think we finally have come to a conclusion for my church’s worship site. When I first started designing the site for my church they told me to just do whatever. I knew this was not a good idea because what I like might not be the same as what the church is wanting. It took a few of the “whatever I want” designs to help them realize they might want to have more say in this. So they sent me a ton-o-links and showed me sites they wanted to model after. HOORAY! I now have something to work with. I think the design I came up with might actually become the church’s main site and then we’ll model the worship, youth, and children ministry sites from it. It’s a table/css base design. I’m really not crazy about using tables but they work for now and I’ll continue to work towards making it all CSS. Like I did before in the previous post, I’m open for suggestions… oh yea, here’s the link http://sterlingwoodworship.org/photo_main.html

March 8, 2008

Web design/development…

by Kyle Smith

Sterling Wood Worship web logoWell as many of you know I like to dabble in web design/development. The more and more I do it, the more and more I realize how hard it is. I’ve been able to fly by the seat of my pants on many sites but that was before I took on my church’s worship site.

In the past, I would simply do what I wanted and the client would like it. This time around, between myself and the peeps at the church; we just can’t decide on something. Now for starters, I’m an amateur web designer so it’s hard for me to produce some of things being requested. I’ve gone through two (#1 , #2) designs so far and I think we’re slowly getting there. So with all that said, here’s the latest design for the site (it’s only the home page and none of the links go anywhere). Let me know any suggestions, PLEASE!

February 25, 2008

Play dat funky music white boy….

by Kyle Smith
February 22, 2008

Kinda Kinky…

by Kyle Smith
February 8, 2008

Romantic movie montage…

by Kyle Smith

They’re having a woman’s retreat at our church and I managed to acquire the task of putting together a romantic movie montage for it. Enjoy, but whatever you do, don’t cry too much…

January 18, 2008

Nikon Creative Lighting System…

by Kyle Smith

We’re in the process of combining all of our program brochures into career cluster brochures to correspond with the AchieveTexas Career Clusters. Part of this process is to obtain images to accompany each brochure. Like any other type of photo shoot, lighting is critical (especially if your shooting indoors with those nasty florescent lights). So what myself and the other writer/photographer (Rob) decided to do was to take full advantage of the Nikon creative lighting system. We have a decent Novatron system but it’s so bulky to take out every time we need some stock photos.
Our set-up consists of a Nikon D80 set to commander mode, a SB-800 set to remote on a tripod, a SB-600 set to remote being held by either myself or Rob (depends on who’s doing the shooting). We will typically use the SB-600 as a hair light and the SB-800 as a fill light. The nice part about the D80 is when you’re in commander mode you can set the on-camera flash to fire but not effect the lighting (it sends out the signal to the remote units and then they fire along with the shutter). We’re still perfecting this method but here’s what we’ve done the past two days for the Physical Therapy Assistant and Respiratory Care programs… (the last image I left the SB-600 w/ softbox in the image)…




January 15, 2008

Adobe Creative Suite 3…

by Kyle Smith

I had the pleasure of attending a one-day seminar for Adobe CS3 today. It had it’s ups and downs, but was still pretty sweet. There were two sessions you could attend, a print or web session. I went to the web session but probably should have gone to some of the print sessions. The Dreamweaver session taught me absolutely nothing, but I must say it was a pretty good one hour intro to the program. Then I attended the Flash session which was pretty good, it was rather basic so I kinda knew most of the stuff being covered but it’s still such a complex program I’ll take all the help I can get.
The third session covered Fireworks. This is the program that essentially replaced Image Ready when Adobe bought Macromedia. They showed us how to create a site starting in Photoshop, then moving it into Fireworks. I guess it’s an alright method for doing a small simple site, but still gives some sloppy code. I think I’ll stick to CSS.
The Photoshop session was probably my favorite. Our “teacher” was also a photographer, and a Nikon user at that, so he showed some pretty nice photography tricks. Really nothing I didn’t already know, just really simple, slick ways to do it. One of the coolest things he showed us was how to take a 4×6 image and blow it up to a 30×45 (well at least that’s as far as I got before I exhausted all the RAM on my MacBook Pro and the hard drive had to kick in) without distorting the image or losing any detail.
All in all, I feel like I know a lot more about the entire sweet and how it all works together, but still have a long way to go before becoming an ACE. It’s back to the grind tomorrow…

December 5, 2007

Adobe Thermo

by Kyle Smith

One of the biggest obstacles many web designers and developers have to overcome is how to “code the design”. Well Adobe is at it again with Thermo. Here’s a brief description from Adobe Labs of their latest project in trying to bridge the gap between designing and coding:

Check out the video demo!!

“Thermo” is an upcoming Adobe product that makes it easy for designers to create rich Internet application UIs. Thermo allows designers to build on familiar workflows to visually create working applications that easily flow into production and development.

Features

  • Use drawing tools to create original graphics, wireframe an application design, or manipulate artwork imported from Adobe Creative Suite tools.
  • Turn artwork from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fireworks directly into functional components that use the original artwork as a “skin”.
  • Define and wire up interactive behavior, such as what to do when a user clicks on something, without having to write code.
  • Easily design UIs that work with dynamic data, such as a list of contacts or product information, without having access to the actual data source. Design-time sample data can be used as a realistic placeholder when laying out an application, testing interactivity, and choreographing motion.

Applications created in Thermo are Flex applications that can be loaded directly into Flex Builder, providing a great roundtrip workflow for designers collaborating with developers. The designer’s work can be incorporated directly into the production application with no loss of fidelity, and designers can continue to refine the design throughout the iterative development process.

February 28, 2007

IN-CLASS 5 – You Tube

by Kyle Smith

I think that New Media is taking what we have and merging it into the new technology of today. It is up to the print and broadcast media to utilize digital technology, i.e., using computers and cell phones. For broadcast/print journalism, it means that they now have to start utilizing the web. The big deal with this is being the first. A newspaper should want to become the standard that everyone goes to for the latest news. Now people just go to Google for their news, they do not really care where it comes from but they do know that they will use the search engine to find the information they need. I think that this has hurt the news media tremendously. The papers and news stations were so slow to react to the new technologies that search engines have replaced them. However, the thing to remember is that newspaper journalists are the ones writing the news.

Radio news is almost obsolete, TV journalists are not “on the beat” like they used to be so all that is left are the newspaper journalists. The key is for the new journalists is to be aware of the New Media and to utilize it.