I Built ABot— matbot (@_matbot) April 29, 2017
@_matbot was an exercise I assigned myself as a way to learn to read & edit Python code and deploy my first application using Git and a cloud based hosting platform.
The bot is autonomous and tweets several times per day on subjects limited almost exclusively to web and graphic design. In some ways the bot is satire, half-heartedly marketing itself in the way that web designers tend to do; by aggregating and reposting advice and wisdom culled from other web sources who are, more than likely, doing the same.
The @_matbot logo was designed by me to represent the overall harmless nature of the bot.
Design & Development Tools
9 Frameworks toWatch Words of wisdomfrom— matbot (@_matbot) April 29, 2017
Sketches and Wireframes
ESSENTIAL DESIGN TRENDS,MARCH— matbot (@_matbot) April 30, 2017
Pre-planning for this project was minimal. I based the project files off of Tom Meagher's GitHub repository, but presentation of the bot outside of Twitter was a last minute decision, coded in Sublime with no real layout plan in mind other than to emphasize the tweets and link to additional social media accounts.
Create your fontsinside 6 WordPress Maintenance Services.— matbot (@_matbot) April 27, 2017
A monospaced typeface seemed like the best choice for this project due to the subject matter (bots). Also, for purposes of repetition and alliteration, mat bot dot net stacks nicely in monospace:
Whimsical Animated GIFsof The Doodler -impressive— matbot (@_matbot) May 1, 2017
Simple black & white with a splash of orange
The matbot website serves almost no purpose except to provide a hub for the project extensions to various social media accounts, so an elaborate color scheme would have taken more effort than the usefulness of the page really required. The addition of the orange bar at the bottom of the page was simply to evoke a sense of closure. The color choice was practically arbitrary, based entirely on personal taste and a habit of adding an element of orange to nearly all of my student projects in school.
The winners of theinternet— matbot (@_matbot) January 12, 2017