The reading this week focused largely on structure and layout and it has me thinking about the page from a new perspective. Generally, I think I’ve approached print media and web pages from a functional perspective; paying more attention to content and only distracted by form when it is… distracting.
The examples in Thinking with Type, were great because they reinforced the importance of layout and design, from both an aesthetic and a functional standpoint. The examples on pages 152, 154, 158-159, and 188 got me thinking about how we use footnotes on a page and how this may be made more or less effective as well as more aesthetically pleasing. I connected this with last week’s reading by Dr. Petrik, Scholarship on the Web: Managing Footnotes. In the same way that the physical texts described in Lupton’s book disrupted or divulged information in meaningful ways, presenting information on the web requires thought.
HTML & CSS built on this line of thinking and forced me to consider the users of a webpage. Who do I want to visit my webpage and what do I want them to see when they get there?
My (potential) visitors are varied. There’s the people of this class (who are forced to look at this page), my parents (who google me for no discernible reason), and, hopefully at some point, other history scholars and prospective employers.
The first two groups, I’m sorry to say, are not my focus in constructing a website. Rather, I’d like a page that fosters discussion with scholars in my field of history, primarily deaf history. And I’d like to create something that showcases my (developing) skill-set. I’m still deciding, however, what that page would look like.