Here are five of my favorite midterm websites from my classmates (in no particular order):
1. Pugs and Hugs- Libby Kallins
First off- the title. When I first saw “Pugs and Hugs”, I got excited because I love dogs and I thought it would be a blog about dogs. But instead, it’s a website about how you can adopt pets! (There are pictures of dogs on the site too, don’t worry.) I have a dog who we rescued, so rescuing animals is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. This is why the screencast is also great. It shows off different ways that you can adopt dogs, so for me it’s a dream come true. The design of the site is nothing special, but when your site is about adopting animals, I don’t care about design- I’m hooked.
2. R2Cartoons- Renz Castillo
It’s great to see content that you created yourself on a blog! The blog setup here reminds me of an animator’s workspace, with the different colors of paper for the menus on the right. I also really love the short welcome video. I can tell right off the bat that animation is Renz’s passion, and he proves it by forgoing a traditional welcome post in favor of a short animation. I’m also a big fan of the animation he posted on his site. It’s a cute story about a girl trying to avoid a haircut, while the hairdresser does whatever it takes to track her down. It’s funny and has a nice ending. Overall, this is a great site for displaying one’s passion for animation.
3. Gaming Essentials- Anthony Lam
Like dogs, I’m a huge fan of video games, so this one won me over right away. One thing I like about this blog is the header. I like how it displays a lot of gaming equipment such as keyboards and computer mice. I also like how Anthony shows off his gaming equipment, both in text and video form. It’s helpful in text form if you want to know what exactly it is, and it’s helpful in video form because you can actually see the equipment and how he describes it. I also like the colors, as the use of black reminds of a lot of video games. I don’t have any equipment like he does, but I can still appreciate a blog like this.
4. Krystian’s Soccer Blog- Krystian Nycz
I’m a big sports fan, and while I don’t follow a lot of soccer, I can definitely spot a good sports blog when I see one.For starters, you have the header, which features a lot of famous soccer players and coaches. Right away, this tells you exactly what this site is about, and I like that. I also like the videos that he chose. I love watching sports highlights, so I really enjoyed the best goals video. My blog is also about sports, so I am definitely impressed by a fellow sports fan.
5. Photorla- Lara Watrous
Last but not least, we have a photography blog, and I love the photos chosen as well as the design of the blog. The black and white background allows the photos to stand out more, which is great because the photos are fantastic. I mentioned above how much I love animals, so the pictures of the animals on the farm in the snow were exactly what I was looking for. Then of course you have the sunset, which is the first picture you see on the front page. It’s beautiful, and it makes a great first impression. I also love how a lot of the photos are of winter scenes, evoking beautiful imagery. Not to mention the fact that Lara decided to use poetry to accompany her photos! This is one of my favorites, because of how aesthetically pleasing the content is. Love it.