It was important that the design and style of the site was consistent with the branding of restaurant we chose. So, most of my inspiration for the look and feel of the site came from watching the show and gathering images of restaurant itself. I wanted to the site to be reflective of my style as a designer, but also maintain the brand of Shirley’s Sandwiches on the show. One of the ways I accomplished this was redesigning the logo and creating a style tile guide and a prototype of the site.
The audience for this site would consist of the demographic depicted in the show, Community – mostly young adults attending college/community college who are interested in gaining more information about the campus restaurant Shirley’s Sandwiches.
This project was a culmination of all the skills and knowledge we have learned in this class, and in the program as whole. I used Illustrator to design the logo, Photoshop to edit and optimize images, the terminal and GitHub for version control, and Atom editor for all coding. I also used the HTML5 Outliner and the W3C Validator to check all of my code.
Favorite Aspect of Project
As a designer, my favorite aspect of any web project is always the CSS. This is where I can get creative and add styling and design touches to the site to create the aesthetic I am envisioning for a digital space. As with any design project, it is important that form always follows function, but I definitely enjoy the creative process of making a site visually appealing.
What did you learn while completing this Project?
I tend to identity more with the role of a designer than a developer, so I began this course with some doubts about my abilities as a developer. This course, and more specifically this project, has certainly given me more confidence in myself both as a designer AND developer. I am grateful that this course pushed me outside my comfort zone and helped me develop my skillset as a web designer!