38-minute site

I wouldn’t have given the above a second thought until a friend said (three times) “…you should really post that.” So just alil’ prefacing first. I teach a web design course at a local college. -Already, I can feel those who know what I do thinking “Why is he teaching web?” Just play along, okay?

One night I divided the class up into a research group, a design group, a code group, and a testing group. Their goal was to work together to create a website inside 30-minutes. Meaning a website with navigation linking to various sections, HTML content copy, and button behaviors (e.g. hover, urhere, etc.). They had had similar exercises the prior weeks so there was little reaction. Just a type of “okay, lets roll” approach. Well, unbeknownst to them I decided to do the exercise along with them. Why not, right? So the above is what I created in 38-minutes. The added 8-minutes is because I was called away from my computer to assist the teams at different points.

-Oh, the content of this site is completely nonsensical. I pulled a palette from Adobe Kuler, went with “book author” because it popped into my head, randomly pulled images from Google, and downloaded a few PS swirl brushes and textures on-the-fly. You get the idea. What’s up with the size? I felt a maximum width of 400 would be cute. In fact I’ve been eager to build “mini site” like this for awhile. Tiny, completely functional, and detailed. Just for fun. With that…

A note concerning the .psd: Consult “Layer Comps (within the “Window” menu) to see the designated layouts and button conditions…

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