Professor Terry Towery
This course is designed to provide the student with the
fundamental concepts necessary for designing for the internet. We will
start with a thorough understanding of the origins and underpinnings of
the net and then move on to actually using the net for research and finally
to creating sites. We will cover image and graphic generation techniques,
construction of web sites using html and graphical web page tools, design
considerations and the conceptual underpinnings of the impact of this
You are responsible for all material presented in class,
including announcements about course procedures. Exams, quizzes, and homework
often include questions on material presented only in class, so performance
on these indirectly reflects attendance.
-- 45% of your grade will be based on the final web site produced.This
is your final exam. It must be functional and well designed. Start
early! You will be graded on both creativity and technical ability. The
subject is pretty much up to you with the exception of racist or pornographic
content. You must use your own art and text!
-- 25% of your grade will be based on the personal web site produced
for the midterm.
-- 20% of your grade is the written assignments.
-- 10% of your grade is based on class participation and
Proposal due in three weeks (Feb 19th). The
topic of the site is up to you but must be approved by the instructor
before you begin work on the site. No sexist racist or sites that appeal
to the prurient interest are allowed. The
design proposal for your midterm site should include ALL of the
text that you are planning on including in your site. It should outline
the structure and form that the site will take. Think of this as your
blueprint for your site. Such decisions as color scheme. typography, navigation
etc.. should be thoroughly discussed. Visual examples are encouraged.
Photography, graphics and text must all be ORIGINAL, no scanning out of
books or magazines is allowed in this class. There is no exact template
for a design proposal, however it should be clear from the proposal what
the site will look like and do for the user.
design specifically foundations
of web design but other areas are relevant as well.
and contrast 2 CUNY college web sites. Choose two CUNY colleges from
index of colleges choose two colleges' web sites to compare and contrast.
Requirements of the paper are:
The paper should be 750 words in length. It should be typewritten and
a draft of the paper is due
Topics to be discussed include such design issues as Color, typography,
navigational structure, Consistency. Is the site Intuitive, Visually appealing,
informationally rich, does it fully function.
Specifics of the site to discuss include such topics as the logo, the
amount and quality of the text.
What you need to
1 Iomega or compatible Zip Disk (possibly 2)
you should get the Visual Quickstart for html by Peachpit
Creating Killer Web Sites By David Siegel Hayden Books
ISBN # 1-56830-289-4 http://www.killersites.com
1 The Basics of the Internet.
Intro session. Discuss the course and the materials needed.
Homework: Read the section on html Completely. read the Webmonkey
and read the history of html
Introduction to html Web site structure and directory structure
Week 2 Introduction
to basic html and BBEdit.
Homework: Read the Webmonkey Html basics (linked above) section.
Continue reading your html tutorial.
Week 3 Adobe
Intro to Adobe Photoshop
photoshop crash Course
Homework: Listen to the VTC online training section on introduction
to Photoshop 5
4 More Photoshop
Photoshop continued, Scanning, resolution bit depth and file size
an image for next class (use your own art at all times in this
formats Gif vs Jpeg
Create a photomontage or collage.
Week 5 Photoshop
Week 6 March
5 first draft of paper due
What's wrong with it? Debugging and troubleshooting
Week 7 FTP
and Basics of UNIX
Uplaoding your Web site
Open lab session for uploading web sites
Week 8 Midterm
Critique and final draft of comapre and contrast paper due
Midterm Critique Your personal page is due at the beginning of
Homework Read the section on tables
Week 9 Intemediate
Intemediate html tables in Tables
Intemediate photoshop imagemaps.
the section on Imagemaps
Theory Day- Your Privacy and the government¼s interest Where do they differ
and coincide Decentralization of power due to the internet. If the people
can vote on every issue, would they? Should the government have the ability
to tap your e-mail? Cyberporn, political outsiders, Alternative thought
and freedom of expression. The Hacker, Myth or reality and Cyber Punk
the Genre - Discuss Gibson¼s Neuromancer and related articles about real
hackers. Discuss cyberpunks.
of web design
elements of web design
Optimizing your code
Session 1 Lean
and mean html
Session 2 Optimizing your code continued
Intro to Dreamweaver
Homework Read: Walkthrough
Adding some Jazz
Creating animated Gifs with Gif Builder
Open lab session for creating animations
FINAL CRITIQUE ALL PAGES MUST BE COMPLETE BY THE BEGINNING OF CLASS.
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED!