The current Web Design landscape is extremely diverse. There is a website or mobile application for seemingly every entity in the Western world. Worldwide, over 2.4 billion people use the Internet every day. Almost all of these people interact with the sites and pages that we visually design every day. The undeniable commonality across the spectrum of Web Design is Visual Communication Design. Visual design on the Web has become a persistent, ever-present aspect in the lives of many people in today’s culture. As designers and creative individuals, we have a responsibility to design useful, usable, beautiful, and relevant interfaces that will enhance the lives of our users. This course is crafted to help you understand your responsibility as a Visual Designer and learn how to hone your creative skills in the landscape of the Web.
In addition to working on visual design skills, you will also learn how to apply the Design process to the development of new Web products. Design research methods will be discussed and implemented to discover new opportunities for Web sites or applications. This course is intended for students outside of Visual Communication Design. However, VCD students may take the course and will have heighten expectations regarding the utilization of deign principles. Projects in this course will require you to utilize a design process to craft visual solutions for a variety of digital interfaces. In addition to design work, you will also be expected to demonstrate an ability to communicate decisions, respond effectively to critique, and utilize the appropriate software tools. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of teamwork in the web development space.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
|1||14 May||Intro to course. Getting familiar with visual language of the web.|
|2||19 May||One site, two designs|
|21 May||Analog + Digital|
|3||26 May||Analog + Digital|
|28 May||Connecting people online|
|4||2 June||Connecting people online|
|4 June||Connecting people online|
|5||9 June||Responsive Design Plus|
|11 June||Responsive Design Plus|
|6||16 June||Responsive Design Plus|
|18 June||Responsive Design Plus|
|7||23 June||Final Critique|
|24 June||Summer Session 1 courses officially over.|
Assignment 1: One site, two designs
Assignment 2: Analog + Digital
Assignment 3: Connecting people online
Assignment 4: Responsive Design Plus
Your grade will be broken down into the categories below*. Participation includes: being present and on time, asking and answering questions, helping to improve understanding of course content for others. Your full attention is expected during class time.
|Category||% of total|
|One site, two designs||10%|
|Analog + Digital||20%|
|Connecting People Online||30%|
|Responsive Design Plus||40%|
*Categories and percentage breakdown subject to change.
Because this course is so short, attendance is critical. The course will heavily revolve around in-class actives, discussion, and critique. That said, there is only one unexcused absence allowed throughout the session. Because the course is so long (5 hours/session), it is possible to break up the one unexcused absence across multiple days (e.g. miss 9-11 one day and 11-2 another). Each subsequent absence will result in following reductions:
|Number of absences||Overall reduction|
Every assignment in this course will be due at the beginning of the class of its defined due date. Work that is not handed in via the method requested by the instructor (OnCourse, email, etc) by the predetermined time will be considered late. The consequences of late submission fall on sliding scale, increasing in severity over time. If late work is handed in within the following parameters, the grade will be reduced in the following ways:
|Due date/time – same day, end of class||-10%|
|Same day, end of class – same day, end of day (11:59pm)||-15%|
|Next day (midnight – 11:59pm)||-20%|
|Any subsequent day||-50%|
Brian Miller Above the Fold (Amazon)
John Duckett HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites (Amazon)
All university approved course policies apply to this course. To reference the policies about course withdrawal, disabilities, academic integrity, and more, please see http://registrar.iupui.edu/course_policies.html.
Pay careful attention to the university policies on Academic misconduct. Cheating, fabrication, dishonesty, interference, and especially plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course. You can find more information about these topics in Indiana University's Code of Student Rights, Responsibilites, and Conduct.