Assessment on Alicia Fines Portfolio
Alicia on Adobe - fellow student in the class - allowed me to make my assignment this week on her Portfolio. All images from her work are just for demonstration and copyrighted by Alicia. Special thanks to Alicia, i enjoyed looking on all this variety of things you do and you manage to be a teacher and an artist! And you keep on learning! You did a lot of courses on the Edex and still keeping on. I wonder how you manage to do all the class homework besides your really busy shedule as teacher and artist. Amazing!
Assessment on Spark Video : Meet Alicia Fine
First I didn' t like the idea to make a video, video is not my case and when filming i feel i am in the Camera and not in life. But i love movies so actually somebody has to do the hard work....For people that have no idea how to make a video its so great to get the possibility in a very short time to built something that looks like a video and all without camera! I did learn once the same kind of video in PP and the learning curve there was very big i was astonished how i can get the same result in Spark in short time that once i got after hours of googeling, trying and failing and managing converting in PP. True is that Spark video stays simple and is very limited and will never be the tool for a filmmaker but it does what it has to do for everyone that just wants to show a little video, so its a great tool for teachers and students. The question i asked in the life class for transitions: they are inbuilt in themes. Luckily Adobes designers seem to be more artistic then web template designers.... But i don't like to use templates in general (themes i like) so i started my video from the scratch, i tried to find a theme that fits the character i found on alicia's profile.
As i am not a teacher its hard for me to do an assessment, but i will keep in mind the Israeli approach to assessment: First see the person- the human being behind all work - check the way - check the surrounding, try to get know him or her through the work and through his or her interaction with others. Any work can be good, but great work is always personal and personal in a way that catches the personality of anyone that is a little open minded. In Israel we don' t have ratings until high school (there we have it in order to get maturity to study abroad later as well) - i remember the nice little booklets my daughter got every half year where each teacher writes a one site! comment on what the pupil can, how he is in the class and in between other students, where he is good etc... and the teacher tries to map new ways and encourages. From very young age the pupils have to get an other pupil they can help with their knowledge and while teaching themselves the pupils understand how to get easy ways to learn. In Israel not the papers are important you can work even as a teacher without, if you prove you know the job in praxis. And you need to prove it daily. To be helpful is a rating in even higher percentage then the examines. And any student in any stage gets the help he or she needs. We had a student that did first university grade in maths before finishing school! Handycapped are integrated fully with personal teacher that comes to all classes and adds some special ones. So for my assessment i avoided rating by numbers or lists and tried to keep it "Israeli style". I did use only the forename, in israel pupils call their teacher with the forename only.
My issues with Spark Video and what i like most
What i found hard in Spark Video is the centered text in any theme that i can't change and the adjustment of the right time to show the slide not to be boring and not to be to fast... Also i found it not easy to deal with the strange shapes sometimes i get a pic. To showcase a portfolio i guess its better to have the focus on the content and not on the frame. But there are themes that have just the pic. It would be nice to get an empty theme with possibilty to choose and the possibility to switch theme from site to site. I couldn t find a way to undo a step instaed of deleteing all the last slide. Unfortunally i didn t find out how to get an inbuilt microphone on desctop i miss the voice on one site in my video but on the other side i really don't like to hear myself.
I loved the choosing pictures from everywhere under Creative Commons even if i didn t use it for this project. I like the simple handling and the layoutoptions and automatic transitions. I like the fast way to get something online so quick.
The way to get me digital...
This is the link to my Portfolio https://susannetamir.myportfolio.com/
After the lesson i got many ideas and many options to try. A portfolio with Spark wasn' t really an option for me and Behance Interface is very confusing and it has many issues when uploading. I can't really get to something there because all looks a little the same. But Portfolio allows me to post to Behance and that is great because i guess Behance is important to be inside the Adobe family... But the cover image is not the same shape and all is cut off and needs to be fixed in Behance. Is there a way to get a focal point like in Spark?
In the beginning it was sure to me i will create my portfolio with Drupal the CMS that is my favorite but i decided first to give Adobe Portfolio a try and fall in love with it. I faced some issues but i was able to find the solution after a while. Portfolio is just like all Adobe tools full of surprises and ready for discovering more and more. The Responsive part works so well that i couldn't believe it. I missed in the beginning that i could not write CSS and edit in HTML but the system to change global is Sass Like (no code but the ability to change global for all the site) and really good. Took me some time to find out how and where to get my content placed. I like that you can have grey scale images when hovering and adjust the opacity. And i like the photo grid.
I did one page with photos that is pass word Protected because not everyone on the pics would like to be online- its for our internal use. Password works fine but i didn t find the way to get a nicer design for the password page itself. And also how i can add there content. and explaining text and my address to contact to get the password. For this homework i give the password to the participants to see the content: Susides
Playing around Portfolio is fun the integration with Indesign Publishing is so helpful and there are really many options. I still miss one to get text in columns may be there is and i just didn't find it. I will go through any link and tool and learn this platform really well its so easy to get a portfolio there if i compare to do it as a real website. And it looks professional. I think as a teacher i would like to present this tool and i am sure students will love it. It encourages to work and see quick good results so easy. Also it will be fun to continue it i just added afew things i did because right now i am making big changes and i want to go more for Printdesign mainly because i love Indesign . Also i think its better to get a few things that give a global picture in a portfolio. I am not sure i choosed the right works nut its still under construction and anyhow i think a web site and a Portfolio are living things you can't make them as final they need changes all the time from content and from Technical news. A website is never at is end its always on the way.
I wanted to embed my timeconverter with a widget that shows the regions with little clocks parrallel i can do it here http://localtimes.info/difference/?lcid=UKXX0085,USIL0225,USNY0996,ASXX0112 (i miss the possibility in spark to unlink and i can't write after a link without linking! Any suggestions?)
You need to go to Get clock widget and after adjusting just embed it in your website But its not possible in Portfolio the Code from this site is not supported even it is iframe i wrote to Adobe Portfolio and they suggest me to ask for it so may be once it will be... its a really nice widget and i never missed a class since i found it . It shows real time. i have embedded it in a muse site i use for all kind of things that i need http://tutsandtools.businesscatalyst.com/index.html
You need to go to Get clock widget and after adjusting just embed it in your website But its not possible in Portfolio the Code from this site is not supported even it is iframe i wrote to Adobe Portfolio and they suggest me to ask for it so may be once it will be... its a really nice widget and i never missed a class since i found it . It shows real time.
Last issue that i send an request to Portfolio as well is writing in rtl language its almost impossible and with many tricks i did find a way but it dosn t work with punctation. I asked Portfolio to add the little icon for right to left text:
I hope they will add it. I added the CV in theree languages by hiding the page in the navigation and linking to the language on the about page. If i use the hebrew as title it gives an error as not identicated page and i had to hide the title and add it in the text. And is there a way to add lists and tables in Portfolio?
I did a new logo i won't se it so much as a logo but i need it for the favicon and the Apple icon. I find it very important to have one in order to find a site quickly when you have an icon on the desctop or your advice. It was fun to learn Portfolio and i feel i got a start into theis application and will continue to add work there.
My new Logo
May be the first thing i did finish in Illustrator without escaping... Its still a lot of work to polish but the idea is to have a mouse that is a mouse in real and a computermouse i will continue working on it ....
New Logo all done with Illustrator shapes and shapebuilder tool