Website Design

Balance

Balance is all about ensuring that your design does not tip to one side or the other. It is like the balance of weight in achieving symmetry or asymmetry.  Keeping your website balanced is key because if content is scattered around with no purpose, it looks terrible.

Grid

Grids are a series of horizontal and vertical rulers that help you “compartmentalize” a design. Columns and rows help the visualization of the website.

Color

Every color sends out a message, and it is up to you to get the message right. Pick two or three base colors.  You don’t want to have too many colors, because then it’ll look like a rainbow. Choose an appropriate color for whatever you are making your website for.  ie. A basketball blog page could use colors from your favorite team or just a neutral tone.

Graphics

Graphics help lively up your website. A plain boring website with no pictures, can work sometimes, but most of the time, no.  Don’t just throw graphics onto the site just because. Poor graphics will drain the real purpose of the website.

Typography

Typography is very involved and has so many different aspects. If you stick with the same throughout your website, it’ll connect everything together. While it can be regarded as a branch of design, you can spend years trying to conquer all of its aspects.

White Space

White space, or negative space, has to do with what is not there. Like measure and leading, white space gives text some breathing room and spatial peace. You can make elements stand out by adding white space around them.

Connection

Connection involves both unity and consistency.  A website should be thoroughly thought out and have a meaning.  The design should have the same color scheme, fonts, and icons.  The more in-depth a website is, the better it looks.

-RV

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West Playoff Predictions

The Western Conference has been very competitive all year long, and I know the competitiveness won’t stop now. The teams are fueled and ready to go, and quite frankly, I’m still unsure of who will come out of the first round.

1 v 8

The number 1 seed, and best team (by record) in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs are matched up against their stately neighbors, the Dallas Mavericks. With the Spurs leading the season series 4-0, you’d think that they have this one in the bag. And you’re right. I think the last time the Mavericks even beat the Spurs on the road, I was in high school. Spurs win easily, 4-0.

2 v 7

The Oklahoma City Thunder, number 2 seed, take on a scary team in the Memphis Grizzlies.  Not because of their name, but because of their past. The Grizzlies have size, quick guards, and experience in the post season.  OKC has the regular season series 3-1. OKC also has the MVP and his thunder buddy for life.  This duo will be hard to stop, has they’ve proven it in the past.  OKC beats Memphis 4-2.

3 v 6

Already fueled by regular season feuds and back and forth words, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors are set up for an entertaining series. The regular season series is tied 2-2. With the home teams winning each game this season, this series might go 7.  This series is so up in the air, I will predict that each game will by decided by less than 10 points. Clippers edge the Warriors 4-3.

4 v 5

Who’s set the record for most points in a 7 game series? If this one goes 7 games, I bet the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers will make history. Number 4 seed Rockets are fueled by beards, brains, and backs. (Any basketball fan will get what I did there.) The trailblazers have a great team, but the Rockets won the season series 3-1. James Harden will average over 30 points a game.  Houston tops the Trailblazers 4-2.

-RV

East Playoff Predictions

With the NBA Playoffs around the corner, aka, today and tomorrow, let’s take a long at what each team has to offer and why I think the Wizards have the best chance of winning. That’s not biased, I have a feeling that we are going to be a surprise to most teams and fans.

1 v 8
Number 1 seed Indiana looks hungry to dominate the number 8 seed Atlanta. The regular season series is tied 2-2. Paul George and Roy Hibbert look to avenged their lack-luster ending of the regular season. Will Atlanta upset the number 1 seed in the East? My prediction is no. Indiana wins 4-0.

2 v 7
Number 2 seed Miami, the defending champs, are matched up against the number 7 seed Charlotte Bobcats. Miami swept the season series 4-0, but that’s not going to stop the young and talented Bobcats. With Michael Jordan at the helm, they have the best player of all time as their owner. If that doesn’t get me ready for a series, I don’t know what will. Al Jefferson will go off for 30+ at least twice, they’ll make the series interesting. Miami wins 4-2.

3 v 6
Number 3 seed Toronto Raptors have surprised everyone, even me! They take on one of the most all around talented teams, the Brooklyn Nets. First year coach Jason Kidd has rebounded from a terrible start to get his team to the playoffs. With the regular season series tied 2-2, I think Brooklyn pulls it off in a close, 4-3 series to move on to face the Heat.

4 v 5
Number 4 seed Chicago Bulls take on my Washington Wizards. The Wizards have beaten the Bulls 2-1 in the regular season, with the only lose coming without big-man stud Nene. Now that he’s back, I think with the dynamic duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards will come out on top. The Wizards all-around depth, talent, and urge to win, will prevail the Wizards into the second round. Wizards take this series, 4-3.

-RV