Thursday, July 29, 2010

I don't know, but let's find out

Links for today's lesson.

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

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 have a little instruction in a classroom setting.

Today's question is two part: 1) Why does this logo for CSS make sense? and 2) 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?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Is this school or summer vacation?!?

So I'm a little concerned that web design is more like regular school than the fun, summer time extra you signed up for. I know it's a lot of new information to absorb, and if you've never seen HTML before, it's a huge undertaking.

Remember, HTML is Hyper Text Mark-Up Language -- it's called a "mark-up language" because you write your content first, and then "mark-up" your content with the code (the tags) to control the formatting. I think some of you might have been a little confused about that yesterday.

Today we worked with some new tags -- a few days ago, you had no idea what a tag even was! Now you do! We learned how to make things BOLD and italicized , and we learned how to make ordered lists and bulleted lists. Wow! That's progress.

Even though I know you're making tons of progress, I'm still worried that you're overwhelmed. So today's question is this: How can I make the web design class more fun and less stressful? What can we do differently in class to keep this from feeling like summer school? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Is Your Head Ready to Explode???

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!

Monday, July 26, 2010

What if you were blind?

Link to today's sites.

The best websites are those that can be accessed by everyone. I have an iPhone, and I hate trying to open a website only to get a little blue box and nothing else.

If visitors have trouble accessing your site, you're potentially losing customers or money.
It's not always our natural instinct to think about how our design decisions effect other people, but once we get into the habit of using universal design, it's really pretty easy to follow a few guidelines.

Today's question is multi-part: 1) Do you know anyone with a disability? How does that disability effect them in their daily lives? 2) Think of a specific disability that we didn't discuss. How many that effect someone's ability to access a web site or even a computer?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Today we're talking about web design. What makes a site good? What makes a site bad? As we start off most of our days, we're going to begin here, at the Sheldon HTML web site.

So we've 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?