Posted in Memoirs

Website Design: an Underappreciated Art

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When I was trying to decide upon something to go to college for I wanted to choose a trade or skill which could incorporate two things I am passionate about: art and computers. This realization quickly led me to an obvious interest in pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. After getting my indecisiveness under control I decided to try my hand at it and enrolled in my local community college’s “Commercial Art” program (which was just a unique way of describing graphic design). I completed all necessary prerequisites and when it was finally time to attend core courses in graphic design, I was soon enamored with everything there was to learn. Very early in life I discovered I had a love of computers. When I was just four years old, my family purchased a very basic model Apple (MacIntosh) computer with a black and white display the “Macintosh 128K.” I came to love this machine and could be seen on it daily and for a good majority of each day (if my mother didn’t shut it off if she saw it was becoming excessive and I wasn’t spending much-needed time outside). I have always loved computers and their endless capabilities. Surfing their settings, figuring out new programs, playing with everything they have to offer.

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Just as much as I have always had a love for computers- I have had a love for art. At around the same age, my grandmother was teaching my how to paint on canvas. Putting me in her bathtub with an easel, paints, and a brush. So it isn’t so strange that I now combine my two passions in making art on a computer. But… let’s cut to the chase of this entry…

The average person, whether they are tech-savvy or not, doesn’t even come close to understanding all that goes into one simple webpage on the internet. The amount of code involved is beyond their capacity to understand. Then to imagine how long it takes to input that HTML, CSS, or other code (don’t get me started on JAVA) is excessive. It takes a lot of time and effort to design a website. A web designer must program each page, build the sitemap, link up each page and their various elements, creatively design each element, and test the functionality of it all. I don’t think there are too many people in this world that can truly appreciate all that goes into building a website. So let this serve as my “ode” to website design and development. Because as I am designing this very site, I am running into many issues (again… don’t get me even get started on how I have had to overcome my indecisiveness as well) throughout the process and it has taken me much longer than I ever would have expected. So THANK YOU, for your faith and patience!


A proud momma to Pedro, a gorgeous Cane Corso, American Staffordshire Terrier fur-baby. I've recently adopted little Oakley... a Great Pyrenees, German Shepherd, Pit mix puppy and little Oliver, an animated orange kitten. I was proudly raised in the middle of cornfields, barefoot, playing in the dirt. I have grown to appreciate all of God’s land, all that occupy it, and any way I can stay creative on it... including writing.

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