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.

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    An overview of the course this term, assignments, projects and weekly tasks.

    1. Web Dev 5 intro slide deck
  2. 2

    Portfolio overview

    An overview of your portfolio website process & starting a coming soon page.

    1. Portfolio overview slide deck
  3. 3

    Domains, e-mails, hosting

    Look at how domains and DNS work, purchase portfolio website domain and set everything up.

    1. Domains & DNS slide deck
  4. 4

    Writing for the web

    Techniques, styles and formats, like Markdown & YAML, used when writing text for the web.

    1. The web of text
    2. Writing with personality
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    Portfolio milestone 1 work period

    In class work time to spend on coding the interactive wireframe for your portfolio website.

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    Layouts & Jekyll

    Looking at shared headers and footers on websites, like InDesign master pages, using the Jekyll site generator.

    1. Jekyll: web master pages slide deck
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    SEO, enhanced metadata & analytics

    Enhance our websites with some honest search engine optimization, social media metadata & tracking analytics.

    1. SEO & metadata slide deck
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    A look at compressing video formats and embedding video into websites—as well as hosting video on global servers.

    1. Video slide deck
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    Reading week—no classes

    No classes, labs or new homework this week—get caught up!

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    Portfolio milestone 2 work period

    In class work time to spend on finalizing the basic—Javascript free—version of your portfolio website.

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    Portfolio testing

    Browser and peer testing for your portfolio website on lots of different devices and in lots of situations.

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    Dig into making your portfolio website load quickly on all devices and networks.

    1. Advanced performance slide deck
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    Progressive enhancement & accessibility

    Introduction to making Javascript optional and not ruining accessibility by adding Javascript.

    1. PE & a11y slide deck
  14. 14

    404 pages

    Make a fun & personality-appropriate 404 page for your portfolio website.

    1. Great 404 pages slide deck
    2. Course feedback
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    Portfolio final testing

    Browser and peer testing for your final portfolio on lots of different devices and in lots of situations.

Marking scheme

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

Description Taught Assessed Culminating performance
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

Description Taught Assessed Culminating performance
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.