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Hello, My name is Belinda Luce, and I am a web and graphic design student at Clark College. Even as a little girl I always had a knack for being creative in anything I did. In school for example, anytime the teacher said we had a project that involved designing a poster board my eyes lit up. As soon as I got home out came all the art supplys to start my project. My parents would read the paper attached to the poster board stating when the assignment was due. ” Belinda, this isn’t due for a month,” They’d say, but I didn’t care. I wanted to make it the very best I could with the most amount of time possible. As I grew older my love for creating never dwindled, but I had to face reality and had to get a job. I worked in various daycares, and didn’t feel like I could really let my creative juices flow at full force. At one daycare, I was finally given somewhat of an outlet to express myself. I designed most of the bulletin boards that were seen by the parents, and I even got to design some of the curriculum to help students learn. This started to carve out a path for me to head towards a career in graphic design. Last year, I won the Best Graphic Award at the Student Art Annual for my typographic work, Type in the City. I was also published in the 2014 edition of the Clark College Phoenix for my piece Blown Away. Since I’ve started here an Clark, these are just a couple of the things I’ve achieved at Clark. I would like this page to showcase my capabilities to show future client, or employers just what it is that I can do. I would also like this to be a learning tool for those who wish to share in the knowledge I posses, as well as share their knowledge with me. I feel that I’ve become proficient in the fundamentals of graphic design. I don’t feel that I’m an expert, and to be quite honest I don’t think I ever will be. Not because I’m not talented in what I do, or that I lack the creative mumbo-jumbo that makes a designer, but because I believe that no one is ever an expert. We are all learning new things every day, even if its something that we are incredibly talented with. I think when an artist put themselves into this “expert” category, they stop taking in information that can be gathered by things that are “beneath” them. I personally like to learn new things everyday, and incorporate them into my work. Thank you for reading my about me page, and I hope that you take away information that will in-turn help you along your own creative journey. If you would like to see more of my art work, please have a gander a my portfolio page at Luce Graphics. Cheers, Belinda

Interview: April Sunset, Fuseology Creative

Fuseology Creative is a small local company who specializes in creating an all encompassing brand identity for their clientele, they really do it all! You need a logo for a new website, or perhaps you want to learn how to work with the back end of your own website. The staff at Fuseology Creative are there to make your business a success any way you want it! You may be wondering, what makes them so special, there are tons of companies out there that make the same claims? The team answers: Continue reading Interview: April Sunset, Fuseology Creative

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Using Post Sandbox Examples for Testing WordPress Themes

You’ve just started your new WordPress site, and you are browsing the selection of Themes WordPress has to offer. You fall in love with a Theme and start filling it with content. Then you discover a huge flaw. You hate how your pictures align, and how your headings look. With a Sandbox post you can alleviate that issue.

According to the WordPress.org article “Test Driving WordPress:”

A Sandbox is a term related to the sandbox you might have played in and built sand castles in as a child. It is a playground for working on concepts and exploring your imagination.
Test Driving WordPress – WordPress Codex

Essentially, a sandbox post lets you take a test drive of your theme before you put it live on your site. It is a post that shows you an example of every HTML and CSS code and how it will be displayed. Continue reading Using Post Sandbox Examples for Testing WordPress Themes

WordPress Words: WordPress Meetup

 meet·up \mēt-əp\ noun
A meeting, especially a regular meeting of people who share a particular interest and have connected with each other through a social-networking Web site.
Year of the Meetup – WordPress News

Meetups bring together people with common interests. A WordPress Meetup is when a community of people who have a common love of WordPress get together to discuss all things WordPress on a regular basis. These WordPress Meetups come in all different shapes and sizes, and carry multiple WordPress learning benefits. 

In the article from WordPress News, it lists a few different types of Meetup people like to participate in: Continue reading WordPress Words: WordPress Meetup

Automattic Buys Scroll Kit for Storytellers

In the article “WordPress just bought Scroll Kit, a visual online editor for stories,” written by Kia Kokalitcheva, she starts by talking about the different companies that have busted into the website making game. Kokalitcheva compares a few of the companies like Squarespace, Weebly and Brandcast and the amount of funding that they get. Plus gives insight to Automattic raising $100 million in funding. Continue reading Automattic Buys Scroll Kit for Storytellers

WordPress Words: HTML

HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, is a markup language used to describe the semantic content of web pages. It is usually used with CSS and/or JavaScript. WordPress renders web pages to conform to the HTML5 standard. The standard is set by the World Wide Web Consortium.
W3C.org

The term HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. This is the language that the browser understands in order to bring you the contents of you web page. According to the article “HTML- HyperText Markup Language” on Webopedia, “HTML defines the structure and layout of a Web document by using a variety of tags and attributes.”

HTML consists of tags that hold the design and structural elements of a web page such as the header, headings, lists, images, and content in general. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) hold the instructions to design the HTML architecture of a site, influencing colors, positioning, size, and design elements.

HTML in WordPress

HTML is the underlying architecture of a web page. In WordPress, HTML is found in WordPress Themes, holding the PHP and WordPress code to generate and display the web page.

HTML is generated when creating a post or Page in WordPress. The user has two choices when creating content in WordPress, using the Visual Editor that hides the HTML tags, or using the Text Editor that displays the HTML tags.

In the post or Page Edit Screen, there are two tabs above the content and toolbar area to the right labeled Visual and Text. The Visual Editor is where you can type in what it is you would like to say, and then WordPress does all the code for you automatically. The Text tab is the “behind the scenes” of what you’ve written in the visual editor. This will show you where all the tags that are surrounding your tags and giving them certain attributes.

Visual display of where the Text editor and Visual editor are located within WordPress

Screen shot of how the entities show up in the Text editorAdding Some Style

HTML allows you to build a base structure of how you want your page to look. You can think of HTML as the bones of your website. However, without Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) you’re websites appeal may fall flat.  wrote an article for ClarkWP about what CSS is, and what it can do to give your site the extra push it deserves.

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Working at home is the American dream, right? You could attend a meeting in your pajamas right from the comfort of your own living room, or wake up and not commute to work, and sit in traffic for a thousand hours. If you landed a job with Automattic, you could make the American dream a reality for yourself.

How Automattic Works

In the article “Working With Us,” on Automattic’s website, it tells you how it is to work in the life style that is Automattic. The site shares that everyone works from their home or offices, and have employees all over the world. Because of such a wide a ray of employees and times zones, Automattic is active twenty-four seven.

According to the article, when you make it past the interview process, you and a team of your co-workers will do a project together. This gives you an idea if you are a good fit for the job, and if you like working with your co-workers. On the other side of the coin this also gives your co-workers some sense on whether you’re a good fit with the team.

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Web Accessibility: Images

When publishing images on WordPress, it is important to make the images accessible to everyone. However, what does it mean to make a web page accessible to everyone, including the images?

In the article “American Disabilities Act (ADA) Lawsuits Rising against Website Accessibility” on ClarkWP, Michelle Clark brings the perspective of the importance of a properly published image into view. She shared a number of lawsuits against Internet websites because of their negligence to accommodate those with disabilities, stating that the law isn’t very clear when it comes to website accessibility because of its fast changing nature. However, website owners are responsible to make websites comply with a list of ADA standards. Continue reading Web Accessibility: Images

Jen Mylo Series: Putting a Site on a Domain

Jen Mylo series “Site Setup Journal: Prologue,” is about how she has set out on her adventure to set up a website on a self owned domain by using only the resources available to the average Joe. She then continues to express her frustration of trying to accomplish this task. Mylo has set this series up in a way that will make you want to read her next articles.
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