I've been doing a lot of on-line tutorials about how to make a website on Dreamweaver and using Illustrator. I'm really enjoying the process. I'm so excited that I'm going to be able to start producing some of the ideas that have been kicking around in my head for a long time.
I'm spending so much time trying to get the hang of this stuff that my butt hurts from sitting in the chair. My legs fall alseep and if I try to walk I fall in a tangled puddle of useless muscle.
One thing I'm pretty excited about is Kuler from Adobe labs which helps produce color palettes for projects. I'm really looking forward to uploading some photos and seeing what kind of colors get pulled out for palettes. I can see that being really addicting for me.
I'm starting to get a huge pile-up of work because I'm spending time trying to learn the programs. While I think I'm understanding a lot of it conceptually, the practice and workflow is a lot slower in coming to me. The biggest slow-down for Dreamweaver is producing assets. One is that I don't have enough work (BIG problem) and the second is that it's not just enough to understand how to get the Dreamweaver to work, I now need to go back and improve my skill at creating the assets to put on my page.
I'm getting a little frustrated but to be honest, I'm loving it. Sometimes I think that I would be better off doing this in a formal class environment. The problem is that I have these moments of tuning out. The worst way for me to learn is to just have someone speak to me. I can't really put a rewind button on people. I also have these moments where I just need to flake out and do something like post on JU. I think the advantage of a formal environment would be to have some feedback on what I'm doing. I do really well with feedback.
I had a personal deadline of May 31 to publish the site, but that's just really not going to happen. I picked up days of work where I thought I would be working on developing my stuff.