THE ART OF WEB DESIGN
ART 203· FALL 2009
Storytelling with images and words will be the way you will learn how to present visual and verbal matter on the web in The Art of Web Design. It will mean looking at how others have told stories and telling your own. In the process you will learn how to use the software and hardware necessary to do it.
This course will also be focused on information architecture and standards-based accessible web design, which means our work will present information clearly and succinctly, use bandwidth as efficiently as possible and be available to everyone, regardless of their physical or technological limitations. As well as making sure our work can reach the largest possible audience in the most responsible way, we will look at how well designed and structured sites can be rich and varied visually and embrace a wide range of content.
The primary software for working with images you will using are Photoshop CS3 or CS4 and Illustrator CS3 or CS4. In addition you may be using Flash CS3 or CS4 for animations, and InDesign CS3 or CS4 and Adobe Acrobat for presentations. The best software for designing “what you see is what you get” Web sites is Dreamweaver CS3 or CS4, but you may use a text editor, if you like to hand code. Both are available on all the lab computers. Please do not use Frontpage, it does not generate standards-based markup.
The software we are using is the industry standard and although there is other software that can do many of the same jobs, I encourage you to use these so you will be familiar with the most widely used tools for web design.
- HTML, XHTML & CSS, Sixth Edition, Visual QuickStart Guide
- Elizabeth Castro, ISBN 0-321-43084-0
- (Much of the material from this book, plus extras, is available on line at : http://www.cookwood.com/html6ed/contents/)
- CSS Pocket Reference: Visual Presentation for the Web
- by Eric A. Meyer, ISBN 0-5965-1505-7
(Both HTML, XHTML & CSS and Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 3nd Edition, by Eric Meyer is available in Safari, a source for electronic documents, available on the E-Resources list.)
Your grade for the course will be primarily based on the quality of your individual work on your personal sites and contributions to class discussion. You will have a one week grace period after the work is due to turn it in with no reduction in grade, every week after that will mean a reduction of one grade.
Each individual assignment receive a grade within a week after it is submitted, if it posted before the end of the grace period.
Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution. Academic dishonesty, includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonestly by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.