GDES 45 - Web Design - Online Weekly Instructions
Spring 2017- Section 54044


Week 1 (Jan. 30) 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 Basic Tags. You may need to install quicktime on your computer to watch the videos. 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.

Week 2 (Feb. 6) Instructions:

  1. Read Chapter 3 and 4 in Learning Web Design.
  2. Read pages 1-7 in the Principles of Beautiful Web Design. It is about the web design process.
  3. 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/
  4. 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.

Week 3 (Feb. 13) Instructions:

  1. Read Chapter 5 in Learning Web Design. It is about tags for text.
  2. 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.
  3. Take a look at the file Dos and Don'ts of web design in the weekly module.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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/
  9. 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.

  10. 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 4 (Feb. 20) 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. You can begin 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.

Week 5 (Feb. 27) Instructions:

  1. Read pages 17-30 of the file Building Usable Web Sites(usable_sites.pdf) in the week 5 module.
  2. 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.
  3. Read Chapters 7 and 21 of Learning Web Design for more detail on images.
  4. Finish Assignment 6. There are examples in the weekly module. Check due dates on the calendar.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ;)

Week 6 (March 6) Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. Here is a 2014 Video of Creative Group Executive Director on Job Trends - See Trends
  3. Read Chapter 8 of Learning Web Design for more information on tables.
  4. Read Chapter 22 of Learning Web Design for more detail on optimizing images.
  5. Assignment 8 - 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 8 drop box. Check due dates on the calendar.
  6. 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.
  7. Start 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

Week 7 (March 13) Instructions:

  1. Review Chapters 21 and 22 of Learning Web Design. They have more information on web graphics and how to optimize them.
  2. 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.
  3. Assignment 11 - 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 11 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.
  4. Here are some good online references for CSS
  5. 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.
  6. Check out this page using opacity. View the source to see how it works.
  7. Check out this page using attribute selectors. View the source to see how it works.
  8. 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.
  9. 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".
  10. Finish 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 the 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
  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.

Week 8 (March 20) Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Watch the video on Locations for CSS and basic selectors. There is no assignment to turn in for this video.
  5. 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.)
  6. Assignment: Take the Midpoint Survey in the weekly module

Spring Break - May 27