Initial Reflections

Over the summer, I was employed as the social media intern at New American Pathways, a nonprofit that works with immigrants and refugees in Clarkston. As part of my job, I maintained and updated the company’s website. I had absolutely no background in web design, but I was the youngest and most tech-savvy person in the organization so, of course, it became my job. Luckily for the purposes of this class, this was a WordPress site, so I became very familiar with the formatting and coding of WordPress. I also have my own Wix sight for photography and video, so I wanted to see if I could create a sleek hybrid blog-portfolio website for this class. I already feel a bit hampered by the constraints of the free WordPress site ­– many themes off-limits, no options to edit code, and limited customizability. I would love for there to be more integrated videos, scrolling and link animations, and other effects, but I’m unable to without a premium account. As a result, I’ll just be taking the simple approach and focusing on bold images and a simple layout. I decided to use a quick film reel as my cover media, and placed two slideshows in the footer displaying my photos and studio art. I hope to build additional pages alongside my “contact” page, and perhaps use this as my primary website in the future.