College of Arts, Victoria University
Class Website - http://multimedia.tafe.vu.edu.au/lisa/2014/ID2
Subject: ID2 - Interactive Design
Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)
Developing Online Folios
Start Assessment Task 2 - Interactive Portfolio
Creating a Wordpress Blog - Uses for Designers
Using a blog as a method of reflective practice, self promotion, networking, exhibition and presentation of creative content and keeping place for documentation of creative work.
Even designers and artists that use little or no digital media in their creative practice will eventually need to deal with web technologies in communicating with others, building networks, applying for work, funding and exhibition opportunities and managing or documenting their work (especially if it is of an ephemeral nature).
A blog can be used in a number of ways. Wordpress, as the most ubiquitous of the free, open source blog applications, has many advantages for designers - especially as it is relatively user friendly to set up - you don't need to have any web development skills as most elements are enabled or installed by selecting a range of options in the setup "dashboard" area.
You don't have to use the blog posts as a journal style website if you don't want to. You may use the site to create static pages and image galleries, portfolios, and a range of other functionalities available from customising with widgets.
Today we will begin by getting everyone to create a Wordpress.com site. We may only get as far as creating a blog and choosing an initial theme - don't worry if your theme isn't really perfect for you yet. We will be looking at portfolio requirements and what functionality we want from a theme. You can always change your theme without losing any content that you may already have. Although, if you choose a radically different theme layout, you may need to consider how your media content will work in a different theme.
We will begin by going to the Wordpress User Guide at:
This is a very user friendly guide to get you started, with step-by-step instructions and pictures to help you. My role will be to get you started as a group, then to individually help you with the specifics that you want to set up on your particular blog.
Today you should try and read through:
We can start creating the blog this week, but before you do, you will need to start thinking about a name for your blog - e.g.
The name must be unique, one word with no spaces or inapropriate characters, and this will be used in the URL - where your blog will be located.
Some interesting websites and blogs by artists and designers
Some interesting image gallery sites (not blogs, but interesting ways of presenting visual content using web technologies)
Other useful and inspirational resources:
For Next Week
Your homework will be to read:
Wordpress - 3. Get Focused - http://learn.wordpress.com/get-focused/
Think about how you are going to use your blog. The exercises on that web page are fairly general, so think about them in terms of a designer's practice and how Wordpress might possibly be used to your advantage. How many ways could it be used? What's useful to you personally?