This assignment asks you to create a professional website that features your written and multimedia work. In class, we’ll move through the following stages to build the site:
- set up a domain and server at Reclaim Hosting
- download a text editor (e.g., Brackets) and an FTP program (e.g., Cyberduck)
- learn HTML and CSS via tutorials at HTMLDog
- modify Story, an HTML/CSS template available at HTML5Up
- select your own template to modify, add your own content, and post at your URL
- (optional) set up an additional WordPress site to use as a blog
Your website will be evaluated based on these criteria.
Working individually or collaboratively, create a multimedia project that would be appropriate for you to include in your professional website. This project should give you a chance to explore in greater detail a topic or a tool that interests you and that is relevant for your professional development. Through this project, you can showcase your knowledge and skills in an area that will help you advance your career.
Here are some project ideas; we will brainstorm and discuss other ideas in class.
- Create a WordPress blog to link to your main website; write several entries and upload media.
- Update the website for the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor.
- Thinglink: a tool for annotating images with text, links, images, and video (pricing plan)
- Create a story or a set of tutorials using a screencasting tool like
- Create a map-based website using ESRI Story Maps.
- Learn about SlideDocs and create one of your own.
- Create a website (HTML/CSS or WordPress) for a business or organization or revise an existing site.
- Create a multimedia project using two or more Knightlab storytelling tools.
- Gather or access data (personal or social/community) and create a visualization of this data using Tableau or another interactive infovis tool.
- Research and write a story about a local IV/UCSB news event or issue; design and create a website to present this information.
- Film and edit a video on a topic that’s relevant for your professional interests.
- Create an interactive video using Eko Studio (and check out their guidelines/instructions).
You have the option of creating another Multimedia Project or creating a Print Portfolio. Instructions for the Print Portfolio are below.
Compile a professional, print-based portfolio of your work. You should envision being able to take this portfolio with you on a job interview to show samples of your best work to date. Revise this work where necessary before including it in the portfolio.
Your portfolio should be targeted for a specific audience or type of job. Therefore, the work you choose to include and the order in which you present it will be determined, in part, by the type of job you envision applying for.
One key constraint: your portfolio can’t use the standard 8.5” x 11” dimensions for its pages.
Tips and tricks:
- consider using an InDesign template like the Estate Brochure or Art Catalogue (Google search for “free InDesign brochure template”)
- print double-sided
- be sure to use a wider inner margin–that is, where the pages meet–to have space for the binding (spiral, tape, or other)
- print out some pages in black and white to see if the text is the right size for readability
- use master slides in InDesign for placing page numbers and other decorative elements
- remember that you’ll need a different layout for the front and back covers and for the inside front and back covers
- include brief textual descriptions for all of the projects that you present in your portfolio
- start with the most important/relevant projects for your intended audience
- consider using section dividers and/or a table of contents to organize the material in the portfolio