Well, we’re over the halfway mark for the semester. The collection of “goods” for the website is moving along nicely and my computer’s “my site” folder is looking rather full. My friend tells me that once I have all the “stuff” collected I have about 75% of the job done. She tells me that putting it together is the easy part…we’ll see. She’s got her MIT, so I have to believe her. Fortunately, at this point, I have all the reading done and the books outlined so that finding references as needed will be a breeze. This reminds me a bit of painting a house, the outcome seems to be almost totally based on the prep work.
These site all have to do with imagery. So, let’s look at a few sites, shall we?
First up today is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources. I have to say, at first glance I am a little wary, only because it is Wikipedia, and though I love Wikipedia for personal use, there is such a stigma against the site on the university level as a source, I’m already dealing with some trepidation. I have to say, though, after spending a few minutes with it, there is some really interesting visual “stuff” in it! Lots of good links. I if you are in need of some historical imagery, this is worth a look. It can suck up a whole lot of free time, if you’re not careful!
I really like this: http://www.libraryspot.com/images.htm. There are LOTS of links to TONS of images! I did find that one of the links didn’t work, but you know, it may just be my computer and you’ll probably have no issues. It’s another one of those places that you can spend and hour or two and have no idea you lost so much time. I am beginning to believe that I can pretty much find any imagery that I can think of somewhere for free! I just have to be willing to spend the time and energy searching.
Well, this: http://www.readwriteweb.com/ is interesting. What it initially looks like is some kind of on-line magazine for web-heads. The front page is very busy, but the advertising doesn’t exactly overwhelm the articles, though I must say, it’s close! I like all the white space and the big red banner. My usual complaint is about the move-down, move-down. move-down, and it is here. However, if you get to the bottom, there are some good links to what they term “channels”. I think this is a good place to keep up with what is going on with the web.
Ok, here is something really cool for you history buffs: http://www.footnote.com/ is a collection historical documents. This may or may not be useful for building your website, but I have to say, I have some patrons who are just going to fall in love! The site is really interactive with buttons and pulldown menus all over it. It’s a wonderful discovery for me and my patrons who love digging around in the past!
And now for a few tools:
I have to say this site: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/index.html is pretty, but then is should be. My eye is drawn to the tree and immediately down to the bench and the footprints. It doesn’t make me want to spend a bunch of money on CS5 but it sure is pretty! I already have Photoshop. An old edition, but it’s fine for now, thanks.
Next is http://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks . What I like about this site is that right up front they tell you what fireworks is. So often you have to guess! What I don’t like is the large stretched out – ummm – I don’t know what on the right side of the page. What the heck is that? A logo? I have no idea – a waste of space I suppose.
And finally two Gimp sites: http://www.gimp.org/ is the main page. I like the color combination and the little Gimp mascot is cute. This page explains itself quite well although it does have a bit of that move-down, move-down that I dislike so much. The download button and other major links are at the top, which is perfect.
The second Gimp site is http://gimpshop.com/ . Notice we moved from a .org to .com? I have no idea except you can donate to the cause here. In any case, I’m not liking it so much. They are trying to copy the Photoshop format to make people comfortable? OK, why? The network link didn’t work. I’m not so impressed…going back to the .org now….see ya!