Winter 2015 – week 2

Web design – alphabet soup!

Agenda

  • Housekeeping
  • The web as multimedia – text and images
  • Group exercise
  • Assignments

Housekeeping

  • If you did not complete the surveys last week, please do so by 8 am Friday. Links are below.
  • Moodle and Connect tips
  • Survey results (in PPT)

The web as multimedia – text and images

Readability notes:

  • Line width
  • Line height
  • Point size
  • Different from legibility
  • A reminder about type faces

 

Lab/Assignments

Individual exercise – introductions

  • Login to Moodle Forums and continue your introductions
  • Subject line: the name you wish us to call you and three words/phrases that reflect your interests (may or may not be related to course work
    • Example: Kathy – user experience, digital evangelist, motorcyclist
  • Body of the post: tell us a bit about your background – what you do, how you got to Seattle – and specific goals for the certificate/course. What are your preliminary thoughts about the website you will be designing as part of this certificate? If you don’t have a specific project in mind, I encourage you to consider designing a personal portfolio site: we all need one in this age.

Individual exercise – respond to readings

Group exercise

We have to train our brains to analyze.
(This is the core of tonight’s work and the assignment for next week).

We are going to begin work by conducting an “expert review.” Questions include:

  • What is this site about? How would you explain it to a friend?
  • Who do you think is its audience? Why are they visiting this site?
  • Observations on design, navigation – does the interface make it easy for a person to do what she wants to do?
  • Resultant suggestions for the designer

Sites for tonight (pick one)

Groups (for tonight) are triads – hopefully there won’t be two people absent from one group

  • Triads (and one quad)

Alyson
Heather
Joe
Ana
Hideo
Julia
Sherry

Anna
Issette
Laura

Barb
Jessica B.
Mandy

Caiti
Jessica K.
Phong

Fan
Jorial
Sam

 

Resources

 Your resources from tonight’s lead-in poll:

 

Books:

Resource:

  • Inspect element (browser function)
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