A screenshot of the "compilation" page from my minisite.
Okay, so as you can see, I based my sites not off exactly anything that necessarily exists but rather the world of Rowling’s Harry Potter. I got this idea when I was attempting to determine what kind of site would take down my information. I was feeling rather uninspired by my Scroogle site, so I tried having fun with this information-gathering-page. And then a funny thought appeared in my head of the Ministry of Magic using online forms to collect data. Since it was about Harry Potter, obviously I decided to run with it, since it is apparently my thing to mix my obsessions with web design assignments (see my ARG project for my last minisite). Anyways, having a theme and something that I was interested in made doing this a lot more fun. I was able to customize it a lot more and add in some fun quirks.
The part that I had the most fun with was doing stuff in Photoshop since I got to play with fonts and make banners and add Harry Potter swag to it. I think my favorite page might be the Diagon Alley page just because it’s so. Awesome. I’m so proud of my little banner logo. It totally looks like a mock up of Amazon and the fact that I got to make a magical equivalent to it in the form of Diagon Alley just makes me happy. I also am rather pleased with all of my individual page menu buttons. They turned out quite splendidly if I do say so myself.
Screenshot of my Diagon Alley/Amazon page
Anyways, I finally got it all to be working. And my favorite part is that the priority banners pop up based on Harry Potter logic. If you type in Harry Potter, your priority level automatically pops up as high, since even though he’s half blood (or pureblood?? I’m not sure how Lily’s blood plays into this since she’s a muggle-born but a witch. Does her blood become magical? That’s a Potter debate for another time), which would make him medium priority, his name bumps him up to high priority. Additionally, I made non-human ancestors bump up an individual to high priority status (since the Ministry and Dolores Umbridge just won’t tolerate that) even if the person is half or pure blood (eg. Hagrid or Fleur).