GDES 45 - Web Design - Online Weekly Instructions
Summer 2017- Section 50268


Week 1 (June 19) Instructions:

  1. Download the syllabus in Canvas from the class home page near the top if you don't have it.
  2. Watch the video orientation. The current syllabus will be slightly different from the one in the video.
  3. Read the General Class Information in Canvas (https://wvm.instructure.com). It may be slightly different than the video or syllabus.
  4. Reply to my post in the discussion forum about your expectations for the class. You can find the discussion forum in Canvas under the discussions link on the left or the Content Links module in Modules. It has the title "My expectations for the class". I will check this to verify you are in the class. Please do not start a new post, but reply to my post.
  5. Please take the opening day survey in the week 1 module in Canvas.
  6. Search online for a deal on Creative Cloud Photography plan, which includes subscriptions to Photoshop and Lightroom, which you can use for the class. We do use photoshop in the class. See the syllabus for other options, like if you would like the student rate for the complete Adobe CC subscription. As far as I know at this time, the best deal for the complete Adobe CC can currently be found at http://store.collegebuys.org/
    1. Adobe software like Photoshop and Lightroom is also available in the Academic Support Center on Campus. Check their web site for current hours. http://missioncollege.org/depts/academic_support/
  7. Read Chapters 1 and 2 in Learning Web Design.
  8. Read the file under Day 1 Terms in the week 1 module.
  9. Assignment 1 - First Page: Create your first web page by watching the video on Ceating a basic web page. Please recreate the page exactly. In later assignments, you will have more creative freedom. Before you send me your files, always make sure to check your file for errors by submitting it to the W3C validation service at:
    http://validator.w3.org/. Click on Validate File by Upload near the top, then click the browse button, locate your file, and submit. It will point out some coding errors, if you have any. Another thing to do is to view the code source in Firefox(PC:control-U/Mac:command-u). Mistakes will often show up there in red text. After correcting any mistakes, submit your final files. Drop the file in the Assignment 1 drop box in Canvas in the weekly module. Include your name in the file name as in firstname_lastname_page1.htm. Make sure to read the note on the video page about the hgroup tag. Have fun! Check the calendar for due dates.
  10. Read Chapter 3 and 4 in Learning Web Design.
  11. Read pages 1-7 in the Principles of Beautiful Web Design. It is about the web design process.
  12. Also take a look at the Phases of production from the book Web Redesign Workflow that works. See it at http://www.gotomedia.com/goto/redesign/
  13. Assignment 2 - Text Formatting Tags: Create your second web page by watching the text formatting tags video tutorial. Please recreate the page exactly. Don't forget to validate as you did with assignment 1 by checking the file at:
    http://validator.w3.org/
    Click on Validate File by Upload near the top, and then click the browse button, locate your file, and submit. Drop your file in the Assignment 2 drop box. Name the file page2.htm with your name in the file name as in firstname_lastname_page2.htm. Check the calendar for due dates.

    Important note on the videos: Some videos are in html5, while some might occasionally be in XHTML. It's a good idea to know both syntaxes, since you will see both on the web and both are viable. They are not all that different. Check out Ch10 of Learning Web Design for some of the differences, especially pages 181-185.
  14. Read Chapter 5 in Learning Web Design. It is about tags for text.
  15. Read the rest of Chapter 1(you already read pages 1-7) and Ch. 2 of The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 3rd Edition. They are about layout and color.
  16. Take a look at the file Dos and Don'ts of web design in the weekly module.
  17. You can also check out these articles (Optional):
    1. Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015 - from Web Pages That Suck where you learn good web design
    2. Checklist of bad web design Part Two from Web Pages That Suck Learn good web design by looking at bad web design
  18. Check out these example bad websites for things not to do.
    1. http://www.angelfire.com/super/badwebs/
    2. http://www.arngren.net/
    3. http://www.supervideo.com/
    4. http://www.gatesnfences.com/
    5. 20 Examples Of Bad Web Design
  19. Find a website you think is poorly designed and talk about why you think it is poorly designed. Post/reply under the forum Poorly Designed Websites in the weekly module in Canvas. Also comment on posts about websites posted by other students.
  20. Review pages 265-274 in Learning Web Design about color and the hexidecimal system. A bit of the same material is in Ch.2 of The principles of Beautiful Web Design. Later, we will go over specifying color with RGB.
  21. Check out these pages on color schemes and color pickers. Some of these are also mentioned in your reading.
    1. http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-schemes.html
    2. https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/
      This is a cool color picker and theme collection from adobe.
    3. http://colorschemedesigner.com/
  22. Assignment 3 - Lists: Create a web page by watching the Lists and color intro video tutorial. The bullet3.png file needed for the page is in the weekly module. For this assignment, please recreate the page exactly. In later assignments, you will have more creative freedom. Drop your files into the Assignment 3 drop box. Don't forget to include the bullet3.png file with your submission. If you forget, I won't see it.

    To turn in assignments with multiple files or folders, it works best if you put all files in a folder and zip the folder. Canvas has changed how I receive files from students in submissions that are zipped. Because of this, it is important to name your folder correctly BEFORE you zip it to send, so I know who's folder it is. Please name you folder like this firstname_lastname_assignX where X is the assignment number. Then when you zip the folder, I will know it is yours.

    To zip the folder: To zip a folder on a PC, create the folder with your name on it like this firstname_lastname_assignX and put the files needed in it, then right click, select "send to," and finally "compresses (zipped) folder". On a mac, control click or right click on the folder and select compress. Remember to name the folder before compressing it, so I can see who's it is when it is uncompressed.
    1. Don't forget to zip your folder with your files(see above)
    2. Don't forget to validate at :
      http://validator.w3.org/
      Check the calendar for due dates.
    3. Note: The dl tag in the video used to refer to a dictionary list or definition list. The meaning of the dl tag has been slightly modified to mean a description list in HTML5. Also, the dd tag now is a description or value in a description list.

  23. You can begin Assignment 4 - Reading Summary which is:
    • Create 1 basic web page on your own with at least 6 different facts, opinions, or bits of information from the week 1 reading Ch 1-3 in Learning Web Design. Try to take at least 2 items from each chapter. Use the tags we we have gone over (html, head, body, h1, p, br, etc.). Check out Ch. 4 and 5 in Learning Web Design for help. There are samples to look at in the weekly module. Make sure to validate HTML at http://validator.w3.org/. You can validate CSS at http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/. You should validate both to see if you can catch errors.
      Note:The validators may give you multiple error messages for 1 mistake, so you may not have as many errors as you think.

      Requirements:
      You must use the following tags, elements, or css styles at least once.

      1. a heading, h1 for example
      2. blockquote
      3. strong
      4. background-color
      5. a list

    Check the calendar for due dates.


Week 2 (June 26) Instructions:

  1. Review Chapters 4,5 and 6 in Learning Web Design. Chapter 5 covers many of the text tags we have been using. Chapter 6 covers links.
  2. Make sure you have read Chapters 1 and 2 of The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Edition. They are about layout and color.
  3. Read pages 1-16 of the file Building Usable Web Sites(usable_sites.pdf) in the week 4 module.
  4. Review this web page on image file formats.
  5. Check out this page on scanning if you don't feel comfortable with scanning.
  6. Finish Assignment 4 - Reading Summary. Check due dates on the calendar.
    • Create 1 basic web page on your own with at least 6 different facts, opinions, or bits of information from the week 1 reading Ch 1-3 in Learning Web Design. Try to take at least 2 items from each chapter. Use the tags we we have gone over (html, head, body, h1, p, br, etc.). Check out Ch. 4 and 5 in Learning Web Design for help. There are samples to look at in the weekly module. Make sure to validate HTML at http://validator.w3.org/. You can validate CSS at http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/. You should validate both to see if you can catch errors.
      Note:The validators may give you multiple error messages for 1 mistake, so you may not have as many errors as you think.

    • Requirements:
      You must use the following tags, elements, or css styles at least once.

      1. a heading, h1 for example
      2. blockquote
      3. strong
      4. background-color
      5. a list
    • Check the calendar for due dates.
  7. Assignment 5 - Links, Paths and First Image: Create 2 web pages by watching the Links, Paths and First Image video. Recreate the site exactly as the one in the video, although you can use a different image. Chapter 6 in Learning Web Design also can help. Name the files as in the video, and also include your image file. The image will not show up for me unless you send it along with your html files.
    The names of your files must match the names in your links, or the links will not work.
    The link to the page about image file formats is above.
    Make sure to check the code image in the weekly module for differences from the video since there are a couple of code issues in the video.
    Always make sure to check your file for errors by submitting it to the W3C validation services at http://validator.w3.org/ and http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
    • To turn in the assignment:
    • Before you zip the folder with your files, test the site before you send it make sure all the links work.
    • To turn in assignments with multiple files or folders, it works best if you put all files in a folder and zip the folder. Canvas has changed how I receive files from students in submissions that are zipped. Because of this, it is important to name your folder correctly BEFORE you zip it to send, so I know who's folder it is. Please name you folder like this firstname_lastname_assignX where X is the assignment number. Then when you zip the folder, I will know it is yours.

      To zip the folder: To zip a folder on a PC, create the folder with your name on it like this firstname_lastname_assignX and put the files needed in it, then right click, select "send to," and finally "compresses (zipped) folder". On a mac, control click or right click on the folder and select compress. Remember to name the folder before compressing it, so I can see who's it is when it is uncompressed.
    • Drop your zipped files into the Assignment 5 drop box.
    • Check due dates on the calendar in Canvas.
  8. Watch the video on HTML 5 Semantic Elements. There is no assignment associated with this video, but the information could come up later...hint, hint ;)
  9. Assignment 6 - Resume or Reading Summary. There are examples in the weekly module.
    Full requirements and instructions listed here
    . Check due dates on the calendar. If you have general questions, ask them in the discussion forum in Canvas.
  10. Read pages 17-30 of the file Building Usable Web Sites(usable_sites.pdf) in the week 5 module.
  11. Make sure you have looked at the web page on image file formats, especially the first 3, which you most likely will be using in your projects.
  12. Read Chapters 7 and 21 of Learning Web Design for more detail on images.
  13. Assignment 7 - Banner Image and Image Placement: Create a web page by watching the 2 video tutorials listed for Assignment 7. Be sure to include all image files in your folder. Zip the folder with all your files and drop the zipped file into the drop box. Make sure to name your folder correctly BEFORE you zip it to send, so I know who's folder it is. Please name you folder like this firstname_lastname_assignX where X is the assignment number. The link to the page about image file formats is above. Remember, the images will not show up for me unless you send it along with your html files. Always make sure to validate on http://validator.w3.org/ and http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ before submitting. Drop your files into the Assignment 7 drop box. Check due dates on the calendar.

    Notes on Assignment 7: CSS margins are discussed in Ch. 14 on p.328 of your book Learning Web Design. After watching lecture 5-2 on image placement, you may want to look at p.429 of Learning Web Design which has image replacement techniques you can use on headings like these. It is not required on this assignment. We will go over the technique later in the course. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  14. Check out this page on using the html 5 figure and figcaption tags to place a caption next to an image. Using these tags also gives you more tags to use as hooks for CSS styles. Click the Try it Yourself link near the top to see it in action.
    You can see another example here.
  15. Don't forget, if you have questions, or just interesting links or observations, post them in the discussion forum in Canvas. It is part of your grade ;)
  16. Check out this page with a salary guide put out by The Creative Group. It has information about salaries for designers and developers. The PDF of the guide itself is here.
  17. Here is a 2014 Video of Creative Group Executive Director on Job Trends - See Trends
  18. Read Chapter 22 of Learning Web Design for more detail on optimizing images.
  19. Read Ch. 11 of Learning Web Design for an intro to CSS.
  20. Watch the intro to CSS video. This video also demonstrates exercises 11-1 and 11-2 from the book, which you will recreate for assignment 11.
  21. Assignment 8 - Learning Web Design exercises 11-1 and 11-2: Complete Exercises 11-1 and 11-2 from Learning Web Design using the same code as in the Lecture video from this week. Drop your finished files into the Assignment 8 drop box. Check due dates on the calendar. All book related files can be downloaded from http://www.learningwebdesign.com/4e/materials/index.html.

    Here is a link to a page on CSS on that is mentioned in the video.
  22. Here are some good online references for CSS

Week 3 (July 3) Instructions:

  1. Assignment 9 - Image preparation and optimization: Clean up and optimize the image_processing_start.psd image by following the procedure in the Lecture video Processing and Exporting an Image. The original image is in this week's lessons module. It will not display in Canvas, but just click on the filename to download. Here is the webpage in the video with the general steps, but follow the order in the video. Drop your finished, optimimized, image file into the Assignment 9 drop box. You only need to submit the regular, full size optimized file, image_processing_2.jpg, from the video, not the smaller .5x version or the PSD file. Check due dates on the calendar.
  2. Assignment 10 - 2 Page Site: Create a 2 page web site about an item in the news. An item in the news would be something like elections, or a budget crisis. Try to create a design that is both attractive visually and easy to use. Instructions on creating a banner image can be seen here http://www.garrettmedia.com/mission/gdes45/gdes45_banner_image.htm and in the banner text video. If you want to try to use CSS to layout the page, you can look ahead to Chapter 14-16 in Learning Web Design. For this assignment, feel free to use the layouts in Chapter 16 in Learning Web Design as a starting point. See a video about the templates on the video index page.
    We will cover very basic CSS layout together soon, but not completely before the assignment is due. Strive for an organized and effective layout. This assignment will be graded both on the requirements above and on design. There are examples in the weekly module. The dropbox is in the week 7 module. Check due dates on the calendar. Make sure to validate before submitting.
    1. Assignment 10 Requirements:
    2. 2 linked web pages are required
    3. Create and use at least 1 banner/text image
    4. Use CSS to lay out the pages
      • You can use the templates in Ch. 16 since we haven't really covered CSS layout yet. You do not have to use the templates.
    5. At least 2 tables for some type of data are required
  3. Review Chapters 21 and 22 of Learning Web Design. They have more information on web graphics and how to optimize them.
  4. Read Chapter 8 of Learning Web Design for more information on tables.
  5. Assignment 11 - Tables : Create a web page like the one in the video lecture by watching the video tutorial Tables and Intro to Background Images. Be sure to include all image files with your submission. The images will not show up for me unless you send it along with your html files. You can use the image shown in the video for background images, or one of your own. The image is in this week's lessons module. Always make sure to validate on http://validator.w3.org/ and http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ before submitting. Drop your files into the Assignment 11 drop box. Check due dates on the calendar.
  6. Be familiar with Ch. 13 of Learning Web Design. It covers more selectors, gradient backgrounds, opacity, and other goodies. Pay special attention to the Opacity attibute on page 275 and the Attribute Selectors on page 281.
  7. Watch the video on Background image placement. There is a newer demo file in the weekly module with some additional, newer properites.
    There is no assignment associated with this video.
    See page 284 of Learning Web Design for more information.
  8. Find a site on the web that uses background images in an interesting, creative way. In the discussion forum in the weekly module, post the URL of the site, and tell us why you think it is interesting. Also comment on a site posted by someone else. The discussion forum is called "Sites with interesting use of background images".
  9. Check out this page using opacity. View the source to see how it works.
  10. Check out this page using attribute selectors. View the source to see how it works.
  11. Check out the file in the weekly module on how to use min-width and max-width to limit the possible widths of your design, and also how to center your design. It has comments to explain what's going on, and it could be very useful on some assignments.
  12. Be familiar with the information in Chapters 11 and Chapter 12 of Learning Web Design. They have more information on css and using css to format text.
  13. Watch the video on RGBa color. There is no assignment to turn in for this video.
    The file in the lessons module on Color using the hexidecimal color or RGB, and background color transparency goes along with the video. Also look at CH. 13 and specifically page 271 of Learning Web Design for a description of RGBa, which can be used to make your background colors partially transparent.
  14. Post the URL of a CSS or Web Site Gallery in the discussion forum in in the weekly module in Canvas. The discussion is titled "Web Gallery Sites". An example would be https://siiimple.com/. Also, look at the galleries posted by others, reply to their post by posting the URL of a site you saw in their gallery that you liked, and tell us why.
  15. Watch the video on Locations for CSS and basic selectors. There is no assignment to turn in for this video.
  16. Assignment 12 - CSS for text formatting: Create a web page by watching the video tutorial on CSS for text formatting. Use this start file which has much of the code for the page(right click to download). Please recreate the page exactly. Make sure to validate HTML and CSS. Drop your files into the Assignment 12 drop box. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  17. Assignment: Take the Midpoint Survey in the weekly module
  18. Watch the Five Essential Priniciples of Interaction Design Video. It has lot of good tips about designing a good experience for the user, and examples of wireframes.
  19. Complete Exercises 12-1 through 12-7 from Learning Web Design. They are related to using selectors and formatting text which we covered last week. You do not have to turn in these files.
  20. Read Ch. 3 in The principles of Beautiful Web Design on texture.
  21. Watch the video on the CSS box model.
  22. Be familiar with the information in Chapter 14 of Learning Web Design. It has more information on the css box model.
  23. Complete Exercises 14-1 through 14-3 from Learning Web Design. They are related to the CSS box model. You do not have to turn in these files.
  24. Watch the video on creating animated gifs in Photoshop, and follow along using the start files. Do not turn this in.
  25. Watch the video on creating an animated gif from a video.
  26. Assignment 13 - Creating an Animated Gif: Your assignment is to create your own animated gif using Photoshop that will promote a product for sale. Do not recreate the exact animation from the practice video, and do not create a gif from a video as in the second video. You can also look at the animated_gifs.pdf file in the week 9 module, and Photoshop help under animation for tips. The requirements are below. Drop your psd of your file and the final gif file into the Assignment 13 drop box. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
    • Requirements:
    • You may use an image of the product from a website or catalog as a component of your animation, but you must create your own original animation.
    • The size should be 970x250 as in the video.
    • The animation must be a minimum of 4 frames and must be an appropriately small file size(less than 200k).
    • Remember gifs work better with images that have fewer colors.
    • Try to communicate your information effectively and efficiently.
    • Don't use the Photoshop Artboards for this one. They seem to cause problems sometimes with the export.
    • There are samples to view in the weekly module.
    • Refer to animated_gifs.pdf from Learning Web Design 2 and Photoshop help under frame animation for help.

Week 4 (July 10) Instructions

  1. Read Ch. 4 in The Principles of Beautiful Web Design on typography.
  2. Watch the video on css positioning.
  3. Be familiar with the information in Chapter 15 of Learning Web Design. It has more information on the css positioning and CSS Floats.
  4. Assignment 14 - CSS floats: Create a web page by watching the video tutorial on CSS floats. Use these start files which have much of the code for the page(right click to download). The start file may be slightly different from the video, accounting for some errors that were corrected. Don't worry about it. Please recreate the page exactly. Drop your files into the Assignment 14 drop box. Make sure to validate as always. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  5. For extra practice, complete Exercise 15-1 from Learning Web Design. It is related to CSS floats. You do not have to turn in these files.
  6. Assignment 15: Using the file web_critique_criteria3.pdf as a guide, evaluate another student's Assignment 10(2 page site) submission. The critique file is in the weekly module. The submissions will be in the weekly module. Critique the person's submission who is below yours. If you are at the bottom of the list, do the person's at the top. Look at their pages and come up with 5-10 comments, observations or suggestions to give them feedback on their design. The idea is to help them see the design with a fresh perspective, and improve their future designs. Again, you can use the file web_critique_criteria3.pdf to help with ideas of things to talk about. Post your comments in the Assign. 15: Discussion Forum for critique of Assign. 10 in the weekly module. Make sure to say in your post title who's pages you are evaluating. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  7. Make sure to take the student survey, if you haven't already. It helps us in scheduling classes.
    1. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GDES2
  8. Make sure you have read Ch. 4 in The Principles of Beautiful Web Design on typography.
  9. Write a post about something interesting you learned from Ch. 4 in The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, and post it in the discussion forum called "Post on Chapter 4 here", which is in the weekly module. Also, comment on at least one other person's post.
  10. Assignment 16-1 - Lists for Navigation: Create a web page by watching video tutorial on Lists for Navigation(the first one). Use this start file(right click to download). Please recreate the page exactly. Make sure to validate as always. You can validate CSS here. Validate HTML here. Drop your finished file into the Assignment 16 drop box. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  11. Assignment 16-2 - Extra Credit - Lists for Navigation 2: Continue with your finished file from the previous exercise(16-1), and complete the 2nd video tutorial on Lists for Navigation. Please recreate the page exactly. Make sure to validate as always. You can validate CSS here. Validate HTML here. Drop your finished file into the same Assignment 16 drop box.(Check due dates on the calendar.)
  12. Final Project: Begin Final Project.
    Make sure to check requirements and specifications in the project description(click here for description). Watch the video description of the assignment on the video page.
    See samples of comps, creative briefs and final projects in the weekly module. There is a drop box for the comps or briefs in the lessons module. Don't worry about Beta Testing, although it is a great idea to show your design to others throughout the design process to get feedback from fresh eyes. (Check due dates on the calendar.) See assignment 17 below for an assignment related to the final project.
  13. Assignment 17: Turn in a Creative Brief, Wireframes, or Comps for the final Project.
    Optional video "Using mybalsamiq for Wireframes" - Youtube video(for help with Assignment 17) Duration 22:32
    You do not have to do all 3, although it would be beneficial to you to do them all. See instructions on the Final Project Page. See samples of comps, creative briefs and final projects in the weekly module. There are links to example wireframes on the project page. Drop your image files for comps or wireframes, or your Word or PDF file of your creative brief into the Assignment 17 Drop Box which will be posted next week. Check the calendar for due dates.
  14. Make sure to read Chapter 16 of Learning Web Design. It has more information on Page Layout with CSS, layout strategies, and layout templates.
  15. Watch the video on Page Layout with CSS - Part 1 - Using Floats. It covers the basics of floats for layouts.
  16. Assignment 18 - Page Layout with CSS - Part 2: Create a web page by watching the video tutorial on Page Layout with CSS - Part 2 - CSS Layout Example. It demonstrates a complete layout. Use this start file(right click to download).The start file may be slightly different from the video, accounting for some errors that were corrected. Please recreate the page exactly. Drop your finished file into the Assignment 18 drop box. Make sure to validate as always. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  17. Both videos will help with the final project page layout.
  18. Continue Final Project: Final Project. Make sure to check requirements and specifications in the project description(click here for description). There is a video description of the assignment on the video page. See samples of comps, creative briefs and final projects in the weekly module. There is a drop box for the comps, wireframes or or briefs in the lessons module. Don't worry about Beta Testing, although it is a great idea to show your design to others throughout the design process to get feedback from fresh eyes. Don't forget to validate HTML and CSS at http://validator.w3.org/ and http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/. (Check due dates on the calendar.)(Check due dates on the calendar.)

Weeks 5 and 6 (July 17-28) Instructions

  1. Read Chapter 9 of Learning Web Design. It has more information on Forms.
  2. Assignment 19 - Creating html Forms: Create 1 web page by watching the video tutorial on creating html forms and duplicating the procedure. Use this start file(right click to download). Recreate the page exactly. Drop your file into the Assignment 19 drop box. Make sure to validate HTML using http://validator.w3.org/ and CSS with http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  3. Assignment 20(Extra Credit):Watch the video on styling html forms. Recreate the page exactly starting with your assignment 19 ending file. Drop your file into the Assignment 20 drop box. Make sure to validate HTML using http://validator.w3.org/ and CSS with http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  4. All of you probably have to fill out forms often online. Post a screenshot or URL of at least one good or badly designed form in the discussion forum called Form Experiences, and tell us why you think it's good or bad. Comment on the post of at least one other student. It is in the weekly module.
  5. Review Chapter 18 on CSS Techniques in Learning Web Design. It has more information on CSS techniques like image replacement and CSS sprites.
  6. Watch the video lecture on CSS techniques and image maps. There is no assignment for this video(yay!), but some information may be on the final exam(boo!). Here are the files if you want to follow along.
  7. Complete Final Project. Make sure to check requirements and specifications in the project description(click here for description). There is a video description of the assignment on the video page. See samples of comps, creative briefs and final projects in the weekly module. There is a drop box for the comps or briefs in the lessons module. Don't worry about Beta Testing, although it is a great idea to show your design to others throughout the design process to get feedback from fresh eyes. The dropbox is under the lessons link. Don't forget to validate HTML and CSS at http://validator.w3.org/ and http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  8. Usability Testing: There is no formal beta test on the Final Project required this semester, although it is a good idea to show your designs to other people throughout the design process to see ways to improve your design.
    You can also use this form for ideas on what to ask.
    Also, check out the following links to learn about usability testing. I would especially look at the Steve Krug Video and book below.
    Assignment: Informal User Testing:
    After looking at some of the information below on User Testing, ask someone to take a look at your site in progress and give you feedback. Post at least one thing you learned in the discussion forum titled "Feeback from informal user testing"

    Usability Testing

  9. Watch the video lecture on Embedding Audio and Video. There is no assignment for this video(yay again!), but some information may be on the final exam(boo again!).
    1. See the page on audio embedding
    2. See the page on video embedding
  10. Assignment 21: Critique the final web site of another student. After the due date for the final project, use the same procedure as assignment 15.I will post a file on Tuesday after they are due in the weekly module with all the projects that were turned in. Take a look at other students' final projects in the drop box, and post your comments about their design in the Assignment 21 Discussion Forum. Critique the persons submission who is in the folder below yours. If you are at the bottom of the list, do the person's at the top. Look at their pages and try to address all the areas on the critique file with observations or suggestions to give them feedback on their design. The idea is to help them see the design with a fresh perspective, and improve their future designs. Again, you can use the file web_critique_criteria3.pdf to help with ideas of things to talk about. Post your comments in the Assignment 21 Discussion Forum for critique of Final Project in the weekly module. Make sure to say in your post title who's pages you are evaluating. You can also post comments about other projects in the folder. (Check due dates on the calendar.)
  11. Take the class exit survey in the weekly module for more extra credit.
  12. Check out the final exam info below.
  13. Watch the video lecture on Web hosting and FTP programs. There is no assignment for this video.
  14. Any late assignments must be turned in by July 28.
  15. Watch a short video about our programs in web design, web development and others.
  16. Take a look at the Web Design and Web Developer Certificates under the Programs link on the GDES Website. We have classes on Dreamweaver, Jquery, Wordpress, Photoshop and more.
  17. Make sure to like our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/missioncollegedesign. I may post some of your work there!
  18. Follow us on Instagram at:
    https://www.instagram.com/designatmission/
  19. We are on Twitter too. https://twitter.com/designatmission
  20. Take the Final Exam.
  21. Thanks for taking the class, and I hope you enjoyed it.
  22. The Final Exam

    The Final Exam will be taken on Canvas at 7pm Thursday, July 27 .
    Let me know if you cannot take it at that time.
    There are approximately 60-70 questions.
    The questions are multiple choice, matching and true false.
    The questions will cover information found in the videos, exercises and files used throughout the course.
    Login to Canvas at 7PM and look under the modules link for the exam.
    You have 2 hours to complete the exam.
    Click the submit button only when you are finished.