This assignment was all about creating a website from a comp image. I can't remember how much we were given by way of design but we definitely got the home page. That may well have been all were given. In the other half of this module, the students there had to recreate it the design exactly, but in my half, we were given freedom to change the background image, the colour and the content, but the structure and certain elements were to remain the same.
I started with a photograph I had taken previously and used that as the background. I took my colour palatte from there and given that the structure of the elements on the site were presribed, there weren't many more choices to make. You'll notice the usual weird typography sizes they made us put in from time to time, I suppose put there to prove we knew what the font-size declaration in CSS does.
I wrote all of the content for this site myself, as it was a personal subject that I chose. All the the images are ones that I took myself and at the time I had visions of reusing the content once the year was up and developing it into a more fleshed out repository of images I had taken and lessons I had learnt. And partly just to have something to point at when people say to me "what do you mean, you used to keep birds?" Unfortunately, like many other good intentions I've had, time got the better of me and it wasn't long before I had yet more university assignments to work on.
As it turns out, producing content is hard. The flurry of ideas you may have in your head doesn't always come out in a logical order. I ran out of time for content during the development of this site. The sad fact is, deadlines and deadlines, and since then I haven't got back to this or any other of my uni projects so what you see came straight out of my head and never got edited, breaking, I know, probably the first rule of content strategy: don't ever use your first draft.