ファイナル・プロジェクト完成!そして、反省&感想。

デジタル・ヒストリーのファイナルプロジェクトが完成しました。リンクはこちらです:http://mikaendo.com/final/.
コンテンツには、あんまり時間をかけなかったので、内容はさらっと見てください。どちらかといえば、HTML&CSSコーディングやウェブデザインを見ていただければと思います。
そして、今学期の全てのアサイメントをリンクしたページがこちらです:http://mikaendo.com/index.html.
新しくAbout Pageを作り、PDFファイルのCVも付け加えました。またコーディング以外に、フォトショップを使った歴史の写真の復元テクニックもぎゅっと詰めたサイトです。
最後の三日間は、あまり寝れず、ひたすらパソコンの前で過ごして作り上げたウェブサイト。決して完璧とはいえませんが、出来上がったときは、ここまでできたんだという喜びでいっぱいでした。コーディングも、所々あやしい箇所はありますが、今は大目にみてください。
ファイルや画像をFTPファイルに移す作業のとき、フォルダ&ファイルのネーミングで頭がごちゃごちゃになったり、たった一つのdivの位置が間違っていることで、ウェブサイト全体のレイアウトがおかしくなって、一晩中どこのdivが間違っているか探したり、ほんと苦労ばかりでした。
さらに、960gridと出会ってからは、CSSのスタイルシートが簡単になり、なんでもっとこれと早く出会わなかったのだろうと思った一方、HTMLのdivとclassが多くなったような気がして、また頭がこんがらがったり・・・。でも、失敗から学ぶことはたくさんあり、これらの時間は全て無駄ではなかったと思います。
反省点としては、how to apply history on webということを、もう少し考えて作ればよかったなと思います。ユーザーの立場にたってみれば、もっと面白いものを作ることができたはず。しかし、二週間前は、終わらせることに必死で、そのようなことを考える余裕は、おそらくなかったのだと思います。また、今の私のスキルでは、このようなシンプルなページを作るだけで、いっぱいいっぱいです。
これで、必修でもあったデジタル・ヒストリーの授業が全部終わりました。しかし、この一年間、デジタル・ヒストリーの授業を受けてきた結果、デジ・ヒスにハマってしまい、次の秋学期も、引き続き似たような授業を取ることにしました!大丈夫か、自分?って突っ込みたくもなります。でも、いつかこの分野を自分のものにして、近い将来、日本で教えられたらいいな、というのが私の願望です。叶う、叶わないは別!

End of Semester

And yes, we all survived both Clios!

Here is the link to my portfolio: mikaendo.com/index.html. I finally made an About page with a fancy nav bar. I also uploaded a PDF file of my CV. My final project is also linked in my portfolio.

There were many scary moments or “what did I do wrong?” moments while using dreamweaver and ftping the files. Just one div can ruin the whole site. And it took me all night to figure out where I have that one div wrong. I also freaked out when the entire layout of my website messed up when I moved the files and changed the folder name. There wasn’t a scarier moment than that. But after going through all those mistakes, I think I learned more about HTML&CSS and ftping files.

Although it was a tough class, I am very happy that I was able to take Clio 1&2 at George Mason. These two courses introduced me to a new world of digital history. And because I enjoyed learning about digital history so much, I decided to take a course on Digital Storytelling for the next semester. (Hey, but not Clio3. I didn’t have the guts to take that class.) It was worth crossing the Pacific to come here and learn about these cool stuff. Finally, I thank my classmates, especially the digital fellow students, for helping me.

Final Project for Clio 2

Here’s the link: http://mikaendo.com/final/

I have a question about the images on my website. It’s hard to tell, but I used Photoshop. For instance, the copy of Plecker’s letter, the 1924 Act, and the constitution of ASCOA. All these images were scanned so I fix the dark and fuzzy areas that appeared by scanning the documents. I hope its easy to read now. But then, I didn’t know how much I am able to change these images. Can I delete the red stamps and lines that says, “University of Virginia”(where I got the sources)? Because these lines can be bothering while looking at the image. For now, I used the dodge tool and make it look less appear.

Please, please pray for me that my laptop will be fixed by Monday. I’ve been living without a laptop the entire week and stuck at a computer lab on campus every day to finish my final assignments. The labs that has Dreamweaver and Photoshop closes early and I have to leave campus before 10pm to catch the shuttle and Metro. Otherwise, I won’t be able to get back home. So, I only had a limited amount of time to work on this website. Don’t expect anything wonderful for this week! And, poor Amanda. I made her ftp my files and images like billion of times!  Looking forward to see everyone’s website.

Commented on Kirk and Amanda’s blog.

Revised Image Assignment and Plans for Design Project

I couldn’t move on to the final project until I fixed the image assignment. Thanks to our digital fellow students, my image assignment page looks like a webpage! And all the images aren’t broken! Compare my last image assignment to the revised version. I still think I can do more to it. Maybe, change the fonts for the title and navigation bar. But I think I should leave this for a while and start working on the design project.

For my design project, I will be using the same research materials that I used in Clio 1. I focused on Walter Plecker (Virginia white supremacist) and Indians of Virginia. But I found out that there’s a lot of images of John Powell (another white supremacist and the person I used for my image assignment) from the Library of Congress, and I want to use his images, too. So, I will expand the project from Clio 1 by including more stories of various white supremacists and discuss on topics about race and eugenics in Virginia during the early twentieth century. And because I enjoy using Photoshop, I hope to edit and include more images on my website. Also, Professor Petrik suggested useful sites to look for fonts during class. I hope to play around with the fonts and find the one that best fits with my website.

Commented on Kirk’s blog.

Image Assignment

I tried fixing my image assignment on Monday night after class. Martin and Amanda helped me a lot and I thought everything was fixed. I was excited about putting the link to my blog, too. But when I got back home and opened my Dreamweaver again, something wasn’t right… The page looks weird and the images aren’t showing. I don’t know what I did wrong. I gave up after spending a few hours and when I realized that all I am doing was making it worse. Anyway, I felt that I should put the link. So, here it is: http://mikaendo.com/image-assignment.html. But I will try it again this weekend!

Image Assignment

Here are the images I’ve been working on using Photoshop. I used photos of John Powell, a white supremacist, a pianist and a composer. He was also a founder of the Anglo-Saxon Clubs of America, a Virginia-based white supremacist organization, established in 1922.

Cropped & resized image (before & after):

JohnPowell2.originalJohnPowell2修正後web

Hand-colored photograph (before & after):

JohnPowell5.original JohnPowell5修正中web

Vignetted photograph (before & after):

JohnPowell4.original JohnPowell4.修正後.web

Finally, I used some images that I found on the web for restored photograph and matted engraving.

Restored photograph (before & after):

clio3_original clio3.修正.web3

Matted engraving (before & after):

de_bry_chief_virginia_it.original de_bry_chief_virginia_it.修正後.web

 

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