Looking at different web design tools and possible plug-ins

 

Google Web Designer

When first looking at Google web designer it appears to be fairly straightforward to use. This, in my opinion, could potentially be a brilliant platform to collate and put all the content together. After doing more in-depth research it appears that this software comes with its limitations.

The pros:

  • It’s free. Software is open source
  • A reasonable interface.
  • Allows people to create, Banners and advertisements using animations and 3D transforms.
    • Using their graphical tools such as drawing, text, and 3D objects,
  • Easy to create animations. Users can animate these objects and events on a timeline using keyframes.
  • It could be useful for quick prototyping.

The cons:

  • People on reviews have said, “It’s not a web design application but an animated advertising tool.” Which is something to think about? If we decide to use it.
  • It appears that limitations will be key if using this software.
  • Unable to open HTML files not created by Web Designer.
  • Flash banners, which cannot be viewed on iOS devices.

A Review Statement https://www.sitepoint.com/google-web-designer-review/

It’s Not a Web Designer

Despite its name, this is not a typical web design application. Some marketing messages give that impression, but Google Web Designer is primarily a tool for creating CSS3 animations on HTML5-based adverts.

While it would be possible to create web pages, it’s not the right tool for the job. It doesn’t have text content creation features and won’t open .html files unless they were originally created using the application.

Google Web Designer is closer to an animation or video application. A more appropriate name would be Google Ad Designer.

List of resources and tutorials if people want to look at the software further

Adobe Dreamweaver 

From watching tutorials it is clear that this software is for the more advanced user. There is a lot to do with coding, personally, for the team project, I believe that it would be too complex and would be time-consuming for a number of reasons. Firstly, lots of practice would be needed and tutorials would be key to understanding the software, plus its capabilities. I think the group will come to the same consensus as me in that it’s not the best platform for this project.

Pros:

  • There are many tutorials on how to get the most out of the software
  • Adobe Dreamweaver is available for mac OS and for Windows.

Cons:

  • Costs, after a 30-day free trial, which would evidentially mean that this software would have to be purchased.
  • People have said it can be quite technical to use and more for the advanced
  • time-consuming
  • Coding plays a part in the building process which, I don’t think anyone of us in the group knows how to do.

List of resources and tutorials if people want to look at the software further

Possible Plug-ins 

  • Social media – Facebook, Instagram, twitter etc 

sm.jpgThis will help to reinforce the brand identity, giving it more credibility to the viewers. Allows views to take a look at the content we take using the software’s and helps them link back and forth to outlets outside of the site. This could be in the form of call action buttons or just hyperlinks.

  • WordPress – Blog

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This will showcase all the work we have put in to make the site and how we went around doing it.

 

 

 

Image of headphones and soundwave isolated on a white background.

  • Audioboom/ Soundcloud/ Interviews

Sounds can add depth to a piece, giving it another dimension. Sound can help with the emotive feel of the topic and really help the audience relate and get immersed in the website.

 

Written by Chelsea Martin

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