Friday, July 31, 2009

CSS - Can you tell I just taught myself last month?

Above: A Self-Taught Cat
from: Funny Education Pictures

Okay, so I'll be honest. I had no idea how to use CSS until I taught it to myself in June.

That's the great thing about web design - if you're interested in learning something, there are so many amazing resources out there to help you. Best of all, 99% of them are available free, and online, so the only thing you really need is an Internet connection and a little motivation. Many, many people working in web design are self taught, or only a little instruction in a classroom setting.

Has there ever been anything you wanted to learn so badly that you just decided to teach yourself? What was it and why did you make that decision? Is there anything that you'd love to learn how to do, but you just haven't found the motivation yet?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

So what do you still need to know?

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We've now spent two days learning HTML, and you like, totally know it all, right? I know you're not so silly as to think that, but at least you have a basic understanding of how it works and what it consists of.

Tomorrow we're going to learn how to use CSS -- it's a way of easily changing aspects of your site all at once, and it's been around for more than 10 years. For example, you might make all the H1 headings green, or you might make the font in all your paragraphs arial. If you don't use CSS, you'd have to change the color on each H1 heading individually, or change the font on each paragraph, one at a time.

Today's questions: Why is CSS such a timesaver? What do you want to do with HTML that we haven't learned yet? (Don't say "nothing" -- I'm looking for some real suggestions!)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How's your brain feeling?

If you've never used HTML before, the first day of playing with it can be something of a shock! Maybe you're super excited because it seems really cool, but also a little weary because all the new ideas are totally overwhelming. I've been there, and felt BOTH emotions. 
Today I want you to think about and then respond to these questions. Please answer ALL questions fully. I like it when YOU make ME think! 
So I want to know the following: 1) How the heck are you feeling? Is your brain ready to explode or are you a cool cucumber? 2) What are you still struggling to understand? 3) Why is HTML called hypertext markup language?
Happy commenting! 

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Today we spent a ton of time talking about what makes a site good and what makes a site bad. If we want to develop a good, useful product that accomplishes our goals, we need to keep the components of good design in mind. Think about everything we’ve discussed today.

In your opinion, what are the 5 MOST IMPORTANT elements of a good site? Leave a comment below, responding to this question.

Once your list is complete, compare it to your neighbor’s. Do you have things in common? Anything you disagree about?

image from: Bad