We recently chatted with San Fransisco-based ProSite user and student Jennifer Wijaya about creating her website and solving problems with design.
How long have you been designing?
I officially enrolled into the graphic design program at Academy of Art University back in spring 2007. So, it has been around 5 1/2 years that I’ve been designing professionally.
Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
Yes, to a certain extent. Personal projects tends to be a lot more flexible — meaning the constraints that you would face in real (professional) work is not too big of a concern, whereas in professional (real world) work, you tend to have to cater to what the client wants. But, with both, I always try to be objective as to what the goal of the project is. In the end, a good design should solve problem(s).
Why did you decide to create a ProSite with a quote as the landing page and hidden project covers that only appear in rollover state?
This website was an extension of my final portfolio piece and the idea behind my portfolio is seeing vs. looking. So that idea was the reason why I created the ProSite with a quote and a hidden project cover underneath it — so people have to actually look for what they came into my website in the first place.
Please describe how you designed your ProSite (how you made it look and function the way it does):
First, I figured out the overall dimension of the page, and then I figured out the dimension of each of the bars, and basically just creating different parts for the quote and project covers, cropped it in a way so that when they’re live, they would look seamless.
How do you make your ideas happen?
Just do it. You have ideas, flush it out.
What are some projects you hope to work on in the future/ clients you hope to work with?
I just graduated recently, so I’m really up for anything!
To see more of Jennifer’s work or to get in touch, please visit jenniferwijaya.com.