Web Dev 5
Graphic designers are hired for their personality and their work quality. The first interaction potential employers have is through the designer’s online presence—most importantly a portfolio website. Leasing personal domains, configuring servers for email addresses, and peer reviews are some of the topics explored to launch a successful personal portfolio website.
An overview of the course this term, assignments, projects and weekly tasks.
An overview of your portfolio website process & starting a coming soon page.
Look at how domains and DNS work, purchase portfolio website domain and set everything up.
Techniques, styles and formats, like Markdown & YAML, used when writing text for the web.
In class work time to spend on coding the interactive wireframe for your portfolio website.
Looking at shared headers and footers on websites, like InDesign master pages, using the Jekyll site generator.
Enhance our websites with some honest search engine optimization, social media metadata & tracking analytics.
A look at compressing video formats and embedding video into websites—as well as hosting video on global servers.
No classes, labs or new homework this week—get caught up!
Browser and peer testing for your portfolio website on lots of different devices and in lots of situations.
Dig into making your portfolio website load quickly on all devices and networks.
Make a fun & personality-appropriate 404 page for your portfolio website.
Browser and peer testing for your final portfolio on lots of different devices and in lots of situations.
Exercises — 60%
39 exercises @ 1.5% each.
- Pass/fail — marked in class or automated.
- Personal feedback given at specific intervals.
Videos — 10%
7 video playlists @ 1.4% each.
- Pass/fail — checked in lab/class time.
- Must reach 80% of playlist duration to receive pass.
Big projects — 30%
3 milestones @ 10.0% each.
- Letter grade.
- Proof you learned everything.
Course learning requirements
Launch a live website on a custom domain
- Purchase and domain and point it to a web host
- Purchase a custom email address and hook it up
- Set up cloud tools for better performance & security
Systemize website content
- Organize content with plain language and diagrams
- Prioritize content to target both humans and computers
- Structure content into reproducible systems
- Use templates and modules to significantly reduce website duplication
Apply the technical constraints of the Web to design projects
- Make adaptive layouts that change and respond to different devices, screen sizes & type sizes
- Write progressively enhanced code for any device
- Apply techniques for making websites load quickly
Apply techniques to improve search rankings
- Write code that follows best practices to enhance distribution and effectiveness in search results
- Apply metadata systems to enhance website presence on social media platforms
- Apply data formats to enhance search results with more detailed information
Make websites accessible to all human beings
- Apply coding best practices to enhance accessibility of web pages
- Test websites the accessibility tools and fix problems
Demonstrate and apply understanding of web performance
- Compress & format images correctly for best performance
- Get feedback from automated tools and apply suggested changes
- Improve rendering performance by delaying secondary resources
Develop an interactive portfolio website
- Apply all web development knowledge & skills
- Develop solutions to enhance user interaction
- Use properly licensed and pre-build tools and code to enhance a website
- Track website usage to find and plan around possible errors
Vocational learning outcomes
|1 — Conceptualize and develop design solutions using principles of design to create visual communications that meet the needs of the projects.|
|2 — Employ the design process to create design solutions that meet the project objectives and the needs of the client and/or user.|
|3 — Plan, create and use photography, illustration and typography in design layouts to meet the requirements of the creative brief.|
|4 — Design, develop and create a variety of media products using relevant, current and/or emerging technologies.|
|5 — Communicate ideas, design concepts and opinions clearly and persuasively to others.|
|6 — Use recognized industry practices throughout the design process and related business tasks.|
|7 — Plan, implement, and evaluate graphic design projects using project management skills to deliver quality work to clients according to schedule and within budget.|
|8 — Complete all work in a professional and ethical manner, and in accordance with all applicable legislation and regulations.|
|9 — Keep current with visual media design trends, technologies and industry practices using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.|
|10 — Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.|
Essential employability skills
|1 — Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|
|2 — Respond to written, spoken or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|
|3 — Execute mathematical operations accurately.|
|4 — Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|
|5 — Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|
|6 — Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|
|7 — Analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|
|8 — Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems and contributions of others.|
|9 — Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|
|10 — Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|
|11 — Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions and consequences.|