Category Archives: school

friday

moccasins happy friday! yay! so i’m almost to the point where i can relax, but i’m not quite out of the woods yet school wise. but i can see the light at the end of the tunnel which feel good (like you wouldn’t believe!) i’m hoping to finish up my projects this weekend, and be able to kick back and have some fun at bay to breakers on sunday. i’m actually running it this year with a number and everything!

by this time next week it’ll be officially summer and i’m sure i’ll be on to the next crazy project!

happy weekend!

 

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website!!!

oh.my.god.

nataliekafader.com is a fully functioning website now! i’m so excited! i wanted to create a portfolio site totally from scratch to work on both my web design and coding skill and i feel like it turned out pretty well. there are of coarse things that i want to improve on especially as my knowledge of jquery, javascript, and php increases, but for now i’m stoked.

there is also a link to the “blog” on my website so you can get a sneak peak at what the new blog design is going to be like! that ones not quite finished yet but, totally getting there!

nataliekafader.com screenshot

only one who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible

so i’ve been kinda of MIA for the past couple weeks, oops! life has gotten a little crazy lately at both work and school. my days have gone something like this: get up in the morning, go to work, come home work on projects for school (or work sometimes), remember to eat dinner work some more until i realize it’s 2am, and go to bed, then i do the same thing all over again.

the semester is ending so i’ve got two big projects to finish plus i need to get all my paperwork in to apply for my certificate! my website for my portfolio development class is actually due tomorrow, and that has been the biggest challenge trying to design and build a website that i am satisfied with from scratch. i am probably my own worst client, i change my mind about everything constantly, i always feel like things can be tweaked and made better, i get big ideas about what i want to do but then get scared that i won’t actually be able to put it into practice. but its coming along and i think as long as i work all day i’ll have it done by tomorrow, eek!

my other project for my advanced web design class is a custom wordpress site, so guess what?!?! the blog is getting a customized make over! yay! thats not due until next thursday and it may take another week or two to figure out if and how to transfer all the content from here into the customized site, so i’ve got a little more time on that .

so thats whats been up, when everything is finished i’ll definitely be posting about it, until then enjoy the rest of the weekend (oh and happy mothers day!)

because i’m probably a nerd

so i guess i have way too much time on my hand what with a job, school, and taking weekend excursions to music festivals, but i who needs sleep when you could stay up way to late rebranding? ha! me!

branding & collaterali wanted to come up with some stuff to be able to use on my new portfolio site, and (spoiler!) blog redesign.

 

another semester

so another semester has come and gone, and what do i have to show for it? now that finals seem like a distant memory (wait, that was only last week huh?) i figured i’d share a little of what i’ve been doing for the past 4 months.

lots of being a nerd and writing HTML and CSS

html & css Screen shot 2012-12-27 at 10.14.46 AMthe class i took focused mainly on using dreamweaver to create mark up, i’m not really all that into dreamweaver and (in my opinion) stupid “short” cuts so coded most of my projects by hand… wow, super nerdy…

then i did some more design-y work in my web design class.

pier39-redesign project

group project, a mock redesign of the pier 39 website.

hoha-mockup-designneighborhood business website mock up. i had to do our favorite local dive bar, the HoHa.

i also did an app project for this class, which proved to be more challenging than i thought. it was also my first time having to do anything app related (other than using them on my iphone). so i came up with this history adventure app where you’d be in a location and all the points of historical interest would pop up on a map and give you some info about each spot. kinda cool right? maybe? or am i just a nerd?

history app mockup

i think i did some cool work this semester, i definitely learned a bunch, especially about app development and design!

next semester will be my last in the web design program and i’m going to be taking the portfolio development class and probably the advanced HTML class as well. and then on to the real world i guess, wow that sounds scary! (just kidding!)

 

 

advanced photoshop

it is the end of the semester, thank god! although i’m not totally out of the woods yet. my photoshop final was on friday, well actually the test was 2 fridays ago and the final project was due this past friday… anyways i figured i’d share some of the projects i did this semester.

#1 genetic modification

the animal family

#2 propaganda

friends dont let friends bite

zombie propaganda

#3 interface design

photo/illustrator app

app ad

its been a good semester and i had a lot of fun with these projects. the class was really informative as well as fun, its nice to be able to do a little creative work in what can really be a technical class (if you want to learn photoshop CCSF’s classes are good!).

 

 

end of summer

schools starts tomorrow, i’ve got two night classes, design for interactive media (fancy!) and web design, plus photoshop on friday… hopefully, i’m still on the wait list but i figure that i’ll just go until the teacher lets me in.

i’m sad to see the summer end so quickly but i’m excited for the fall too!