I have to be honest right up front. This post will not contain waffles, I repeat will NOT contain waffles. Now that that's out of the way lets get things started with a few doodle uploads.
Functionally the splash page will allow the user to immediately navigate to whichever section they are interested in quickly just as any splash page should. As far as aesthetic functionality the splash page front image will cycle through numerous different paintings giving more variety to any multiple visitors. Let's take a look at what might happen if you were to click the "Contact" link.
So this is the general layout of the entire site. The "Contact" page, I decided, would best function as a bio page with my contact info on it, and of course, images of yours truly as opposed to making two separate pages. Just quickly I'll talk about the layout. I wanted to make sure this website was as easily navigated as possible. I generally hate running into horribly complex and aesthetically crowded websites. The point of a website is to display information not to force everyone to listen to your favorite band or force their browser to ask them to update flash every 30 seconds. I set all the tables as rounded rectangles for all the obvious sleek web 2.0 reasons but also once again to keep cohesion with all of my collateral. I've left justified the menu and made the viewing screen as large as possible. I created little menu place holders so there's never a moment to be confused as to what page you're viewing and of course I've repeated the wood grain and placed my logo at the top. On to the doodles page.
As you can see not much has changed once you click on another menu Item. The big changes here are what is displayed in the info window and the contextual menu created when "Doodle" has been clicked. For the "Doodle" section I didn't see it necessary to add thumbnails as I figured it might be too many elements to load all at once.The idea is to stay away from making a resource intensive monstrosity of a website. I want all the images to be stock photography of my sketchbook as opposed to scans. In the menu I added the choice of which sketchbook to look through and have dated them just to keep some sort organization. The design section will work in the same way creating a contextual menu that will give the choice for "Print/Web" and "Broadcast/Animation." The "Broadcast/Animation" section's info window will look almost identical to the "Doodle" page sans the forward and back buttons as it will only house my animation reel. The "Print/Web" section will contain thumbnails and will look identical to the "Paint" section which looks something like this.
So this is the "Paint" section. As I mentioned before the "Print/Web" will generally follow this template. For now I've added a scrollable thumbnail gallery to browse the images easier and I'm less worried about this portion being too resource intensive as the amount of paintings I have are significantly less that the amount of sketches. This page like the doodles page comes with back and forth arrows as well as descriptions or each individual piece.
Well that's it for this post. Next Time = more sketches + final thumb(nujabes) + final thumbs(2 other paintings)
AAAAAANNNNDDDD Once again for those of you still interested in seeing some of this work in person stop by Cacao for coffee and take a look!Time is running out! Everything comes down November 5th!