Web Design: Blog #1

At first, I wasn’t particularly sure what to think of Web Design and I had no expectations of what the course would entail, but learning a little more about it has led me to feel a little bit of nervousness and excitement at the same time. While HTML technically isn’t coding, I took a beginner course in Java in tenth grade, and while I wasn’t very good at it after the first semester, if I was able to understand at least a little bit of Java, I have hopes that I can understand HTML, too, and that’s where the excitement comes from. But the nervousness comes from the technical aspects, and how in the hell I’m going to manage to apply HTML and use it to create a working, successful design. It all feels like a lot. But I think the line “First there was darkness, and then there was light. And then we figured out how to make that light dance.” from the article is the pep talk I needed; things will probably be hard at first and there will be a large learning curve to creating a design that works on the computer, but there will be light at the end of the tunnel eventually and I can make things work out. I think Chimero’s analogy of comparing your hands to your brain also proves this, as he said “Your hands can’t change size, but your mind can: if you’re paying attention, your brain becomes more keen to experiences over time… your brain can normalize the patterns of an interface and make way for more nuanced abstractions. With enough time and exposure, a user can shed the padding and metaphors that become dead weight, like taking the training wheels off a bike.” This reiterates what I’ve already said, that things will be hard at first, but eventually, I will grow. I don’t feel as worried as I initially was anymore :)

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