Tuesday, 5 November 2013


We started todays session by getting out our three scamp designs created for last weeks task. We then moved round the room giving feedback on peoples initial designs. Below is the feedback I received.


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  • While collecting research for the web brief I have also come across similar designs, my website will be fresh due to its aesthetic content and navigation. As the target audience is skateboarders I want the content of the website will be very illustrative so that it captures the audiences attention. 
  • I like the idea of having the timeline as a skateboard, this is an idea I have considered but something I have not explored yet. 
  • I have been considering how to display the information as I want the viewer focus to be on the illustrations, I think that interactive annotation would be an effective and relevant way of overcoming the problem.
  • All content will be illustrated in a hand drawn style so that it is appropriate and aesthetically engaging for the target audience.

Next, we opened Dreamweaver, to access the websites we started to created last week we had to open Site > Manage sites > Select the correct folder > Done. 

After relocating the correct file Dreamweaver will open the site.


To create a CSS document go to; File > New > Blank page > CSS > Create.

  • When working in CSS you cannot change the view from 'Code'.
  • CSS has one advantage over HTML, CSS allows you to multiply a design over multiple pages using one code. All the design is done in a style sheet which is then linked to other documents.

Keyboard - Note - Grey text does not do anything, tells designer message.

To create a not use /* to open the message and */ to close the message


To create a body of type with a specific font press return so that you are on a clear line and type in 'body'. Next, use a '{' icon, when you add this it will bring up a drop down menu, this shows the variables CSS can create.

These can be used to navigate through what you can created with CSS.

To close the code use a '}' symbol.

Next, we need to link the style sheet to the HTML document.

To link the CSS style sheet to the HTML document follow; Window > CSS Styles.

Click the small link icon and choose the location of the CSS file.

Once linked the link of type should show on the HTML code.

Dreamweaver also offers designers the option to work on the HTML file or CSS file.


In the CSS style sheet you first create the dimensions.

Dimensions - 1024 x 768

(alt + 3 for Hashtag symbol)

height: 768px; 
width: 1024px;

Setting the height and width;

Adding background colour, press return to access new line of type, use '{' to open up the variables and select 'Background colour' then the colour picker will bring up all 256 web safe colours;

To update the HTML document you need to add the container folder into the body of the HTML code.

Follow - '<' > 'div' > return > 'id' > 'container' '>'

A preview of the site after the background has been added.


Using CSS allows you to work with more settings and variables, such as removing the 10px white boarder.

Selecting 'Fixed' allows us to place page elements in specific places.

The site now will look like this;


When aligning the container it is easier to work with the left edge.

Setting the percentage to 50% left the page unbalanced, to overcome this problem we simply added a  margin;


Next, we learnt how to add a logo to the composition, Simon gave us five minutes to create a quick logo which was then saved in a specific way.

To add the logo to Dreamweaver it must first be saved to the root folder in the images file.

File > Save for web > PNG24 > Allow Transparency > Done.

Adding the logo to Dreamweaver.

The logo will be added in the top left hand side of the design.


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