Due by end of day
Commit to a topic or direction for a website project. In keeping with the presentations and discussion yesterday, begin this process by researching and sketching. Research may include any of the following:
The form of your research will vary based on your project idea and your research methods. Consider a Pinterest site, a tumblr blog, a Google Doc with links, Evernote, Keynote presentation (or pdf), digital images, or a combination of these. Present your research to your working group at a meeting at the end of the day for feedback.
You may find sketching at this point helps, too, especially if you’re sketching as a research tool.
See our teacher notes in the comments
– Portfolio multimedia — video, sound, imagery (lots of types)
– Portfolio for design website — video
– Portfolio for design/illustration
– Artist website. Coding/Technical expedition research.
– Portfolio site
– Redesign of company website
– Medical Services website (2-D designs)
– Company website – but not there
– Musical Theater club. Small group website.
– Small company website / about food /
– Teacher website
– Website for Staffs homeless shelters. Signup, calendar. Existing site.
Jennifer Niederst Robbins has been a Web designer since 1993. She designed the web’s first commercial site, O’Reilly’s Global Network Navigator (GNN).
Since 2000, Robbins has lived in Providence, Rhode Island, where she has worked as a freelance designer, teacher, lecturer and consultant through her company Littlechair, Inc. She has taught at Johnson & Wales University and at the Massachusetts College of Art.
See more about Jen at jenville.com
This past spring, I taught a course that sponsored about 10 conversations between myself and designers who initiated project ideas and found funding, sponsors or distribution. Think books, products, furniture, website aggregrators, and more. Although I produced the posters in inDesign, I can imagine these in html and css … made for the screen, with a printout being extra. So, let’s do that. Create a single page website for one of the lecture posters — Danielle Aubert’s lecture.
You may make the design your own. But given that this is a half-day assignment, I’d suggest working with the design concept provided, but altering some details as needed/wanted. Use Helvetica as a typeface.
Choose one of the Scandinavian countries (link to Non-Swedish flags at the bottom) and construct its flag in two ways: using absolute positioning and using floated divs. Apply the links to both from one post assigned to assignment 1. The size of the flag is up to you.
Then go to lunch, meet back at 1pm
– What was your thinking/approach in changing the existing menu? What were you hoping to do from a visual/interactive sense?
– What was something you wanted to do but couldn’t? Whether it was because of time or css knowledge?
– How does your classmate’s design improve or alter the original?
– What more does it need (or need to be removed) to be more effective? You can describe this in English and/or in CSS speak?
Using the examples below as inspiration, redesign the navigation for an existing website. Consider pseudo classes, anchor states and the box properties. Make use of the Web Inspector to see what other sites are doing. Place your results in a new post on this site in category “Navigational Menu” along with a screen capture and URL of the website you are replacing.