Readings

Recommended Texts

  • Design of Everyday Things (ebook, AMZN) 
    Don Norman. Basic Books (2013) ISBN-10: 0465050654
  • Designing for the Digital Age (AMZN)
    Kim Goodwin. Wiley (2009) ISBN-10: 0470229101
  • Designing The Obvious (AMZN)
    Robert Hoekman, Jr. New Riders (2011) ISBN-10: 032145345X
  • Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition, AMZN)
    Steve Krug. New Riders (2014). ISBN-10: 0321965515
  • HTML & CSS (Visual QuickStart Guide Series), 8th Edition (AMZN)
    Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop. Peachpit Press (2013) ISBN-10: 0321928830

Weekly Readings and Videos: still in development

Please read prior to class. There will be specific assignments each week related to the reading/videos; some will be individual assignments and some will be completed in twos or threes.

Week 1

Reference: Web Design: The Complete Reference, Chapter 1

Week 2 – foundations

After reading/watching — post in Lesson 2 Forum (Moodle). What insights (Ah-ha!) did you take-away? What points do you want to focus on in your design work?

Week 3 – UX/aesthetics

After reading/watching — post in Lesson 3 Forum (Moodle). Which reading had you nodding your head, and why? Which caused you to think, “not so fast”, and why? Now, which bits do you want to incorporate into your web design practice?

Week 4 – Design principles

After reading/watching — post in Lesson 4 Forum (Moodle). Find two or three examples from the video and link them to one of the readings. It will be helpful to note the video timestamps (such as 26:50) for your examples.

Week 5 – Personas

After reading/watching — post in Lesson 5 Forum (Moodle). Find two or three examples, using both the video and the readings, that will help you develop your personas for this project. It will be helpful to note the video timestamp (such as 26:50) for your examples.

Week 6 – Photoshop, Competitive analysis

After reading/watching — post in Lesson 6 Forum (Moodle). Thinking about competitor sites, which of these do they do best? Which usability points resonate the most with you, and how might you incorporate this insight into your competitive analysis and design planning (we need the video timestamp)?

Week 7 – IA/wireframes

After reading/watching — post in Lesson 7 Forum (Moodle).

Week 8 – Legalities

After reading/watching — post in Lesson 8 Forum (Moodle).

Week 9 – Design for social

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