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Tentative Schedule

Week of      Class/Lab    Readings & what's due
Jan. 10  

Introductions. Elements of Web Design & Usability

Lab: site critiques
   
Jan. 17  

HTML, CSS, CMS and other Nerdy Things

Lab: file structure, basic HTML

Exercise 1: Your home page (1 point)

  Video: How the Web Works [YouTube]
Jan. 24  

Usability (Searching & Navigation Too)

Lab: Critiques, Wordpress & linking

Exercise 2: Linking in HTML

 

Think, chap. 1-3, 6
IA, chap. 3, 5, 7, 8

 


Jan. 31  

Conceptual Design

Lab: Site management, css, images

Exercise 3:  Using CSS

  IA, chap. 10, 11, 12

Feb. 7  

Writing for the Web

Lab: Typography

Exercise 4: Rewrite

 

Think, chap. 5

Web readings: “Reading revolutions: Online digital text and implications for reading in academe.” First Monday

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper vs Screens, Scientific American

Portfolio (5 pm)

Feb. 14  

Color Theory & Graphic Types

Lab: Photoshop basics

Exercise 5: compressing images and creating a web page for them

 

Video: Color Theory

 

Feb. 21 Reading Week  
Feb. 28  

Perception & Gestalt Principles of Design

Lab: Dreamweaver CSS Positioning

Exercise 6: CSS Layout


 

Web readings: Gestalt Principles: How Your Designs Are Perceived

The difference between IDs and Classes

Proposal due (9 am)

Mar. 7  

Accessibility & Standards

Lab: Multiple CSS Linking Styles & CSS3 (if time allows)

Exercise 7: Toaster Industries

 

Think, chapt. 12

Web reading: Introduction to web accessibility

Mar. 14  

Search Engines, Metadata and the Ethics of Both

Lab: Dreamweaver Templates

Exercise 8: Templates & Mini-Site (1 point)

 

Think, chapt. 11

Web reading: How Search Works

Mar. 21

 

Review of File Structure

Work period (recommended: FTP test dry run)

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Mar. 28   FTP Test
Work period
 

Exercises (5pm)

Bonus Mark - Site

Apr. 4   Work period    
Apr. 11   Work period   Site Due (5 pm)

* = to get ahead on the reading

 

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