Lately I have been using Microsoft Expression Web to help some friends with their website. Working with Master Pages and Style Sheets has been definitely simplified in Expression Web; so I had a chance to prep up my CSS skills without much hassle! This is the temporary link for the website: http://www.msnetprogrammer.net/mymaids2. The actual link for the website: http://www.mymaids.net/
The site’s design/development is still in progress; but the layout probably won’t undergo a drastic change. Although I’m not a designer, I surely do like working with pictures, colors and admire illustrative creativity. While working on the website, I had to create patterns, backgrounds, banners in Adobe Photoshop. Until now I was really speedy with Corel Paint Shop Pro; however some experience in Photoshop wouldn’t hurt! I’ve even created a simple promotion coupon😉
As the site is for a maid/house cleaning service, my friends were in search of a cute maid clipart, which could also be used as a logo in ads, brochures etc. Most of the clipart I found had already been used in existing sites, so I sat down one evening and draw a maid picture just for fun (see on the right)! Surprisingly my friends liked it: Hooray! Again I turned to the almighty Photoshop and made refinements! Some acquainted designer friend described it as rather childish and amateur; surely I won’t claim it to be a masterpiece or a unique sample in a professional design portfolio! It’s just the first illustration I tried to create; that’s all.
By the way; it was great that I could use this image in Google maps as a custom placemark.
The website has a picture album, which I created using jalbum. Setting up the album and integrating it to your existing website is extremely simple and problem-free! Those searching for a quick photo album solution should definitely give it a try!
Right now, I’ll get some Friday SciFi – watching some Cylon (made of Nylon?) action in Battlestar Galactica. You need to feed your creativity – even if the result may turn out to be childish!
I guess I’d rather stay with this inner-child instead of an adult with the fear of trying anything new. You know, it’s not that simple…