Excellent course. I liked using a restaurant as a model and designing a web page - I learned a great deal about site design and am beginning the design of another site."
Thank you so much for the great information and advice given in this class. It was very helpful and I'm sure it will help me start my own business in web design. It will take awhile to take in all that we have covered but I'm sure my new business will be underway soon."
The course material was and will be very useful to me. It answered a lot of my questions, introduced me to new web page development methods, and provided good material for use as I work to improve the web site that I helped build and help maintain."
This course was extremely helpful to my pursuit of web design knowledge, on many levels, especially organization and development, which I came to discover are just as important as technical issues!"
What a great learning experience! My instructor was great. I was able to complete the class without missing any important part of my life. I am convinced that online learning is the new classroom for busy individuals. I just wish I had took the advice of my daughter and started sooner. I do not have one complaint. It was a great learning experience for this 56 year old lady. Thanks for having this at my disposal."
You have been extremely "hands on" with us, a wealth of info and very pleasant. You always answer promptly and personally. For the first time, I've felt like part of a class even though I'm alone here at my computer. You made me feel comfortable to ask anything and as often as I needed."
Course Code: dew
Discover what attracts visitors to a website, and how to use design tools such as typography, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and multimedia to captivate visitors and keep them coming back. Then, explore the six major development stages that yield expert design and smart content. You will study the three parts of Web design and the skills you'll need for each.
Consider the four main elements that make your site user-centric: usability, visualization, functionality, and accessibility. Explore each of these elements to see the thought that goes into effective interface design. Then, review the five basic steps involved in organizing information and four essential structures that you can use to build a website.
Learn how to organize elements in order to enable visitors to accomplish their own goals. Explore usability, content, and design. Then, discover how you can use visual and graphic design, page layout, and grids to take your designs to the next level. You will examine design considerations like visual hierarchy, page dimensions, and negative space.
Examine how typography plays a dual role by providing both verbal and visual communication. Learn all the secrets to convey the right type of mood and information. Then, discover how you can use Cascading Style Sheets to modify fonts. Become familiar with inline, document-level, and external (linked) style sheets, and learn how to create an external CSS file to control the formatting of any page on your site.
Examine the use of titles, headlines, and subheads that assist readers in navigating your site. Discover the advantages of using a Web content management system. Then, learn how to make the information you convey through your images accessible to those who use text-based browsers.
Learn the basics of DHTML, including code you can use to enhance your designs by adding layers to your pages. Finally, examine several popular Web 2.0 sites, and take a look ahead to Web 3.0.
Richard Blum has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, working mainly as a network and systems administrator. During this time, he has worked with Microsoft, Novell, Unix, and Linux servers, and has created Web sites using a variety of different programming languages. Blum is the author of several programming and systems administration books, including Professional Assembly Language, C# Network Programming, PostgreSQL 8 for Windows, Sendmail for Linux, Postfix, and Network Performance Open Source Toolkit.
Completion of Creating Web Pages (or equivalent HTML or Web authoring tool experience).
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.