Week 02 : Web Site Genres
- From Last Week: Group/Individual Projects; Revisit Decisions
- Geek Speak
- Design and Genres
- Next Week
- One post/week – a week is Wed – Tue.
- Categorize the posts : NOT “course notes”
- Style: Capitalize Each Word In Headline
- Style: Use the “MORE” tag
Term Project Discussion
- Habitat for Humanity
Student WordPress Site
Each student will install WordPress on the UW student web server. Students will select a theme, install it and modify its CSS. Students will select and install widgets. The final site will be graded based on aesthetics, usability, social network integration and creativity. The site does not have to contain content.
- Install on UW site (free but biggest headache)
- Install on MediaTemple (free but on my server/account)
- Install on another host (your $)
- Making your home page something other than the blog
Discussion Leader Recap
Each student will research and lead discussion on a web-related technology. Short (5-10 minutes) explanation of the technology, how used, why important. If PPT used, please post to Slideshare.net. Summary post on the course blog would be great as resource and note-reference.
- Sunday 18 April : 1-5 : LAMP (Linux [Danielle], Apache [Janna], MySQL [Kathy], PHP [Helen]) & CSS [Leslie]
- Wed 12 May : 9-11 : RSS [Jody], HTML5 [Stephen], Cookies (State Management) [Elise]
- Wed 19 May : 12-13 : API [Elizabeth], Cloud Computing [Nicole], Semantic Web [Sarah]
- Wed 26 May : 14-15 : Google Webmaster Tools [Scott], GoogleAdSense [Toni]
Danielle, Janna, Helen, Leslie -> let’s chat tonight about how we want to proceed on the 18th.
- Warriors of the Net! (13 min – YouTube, InternetArchive)
- Image formats : GIF, JPG, PNG
- Class skills – PDF
Discussion : Design and Web Site Genres
Design is a process for developing solutions that effectively integrte task, context of use, and “user.” (read more)
Core Skills of Design (from Designing Interactions)
- Synthesize a solution from all relevant constraints
- Frame (or reframe) the problem and objective
- Create and envision alternatives
- Select from those alternatives
- Visualize and prototype solutions
We have to train our brains to analyze. Questions:
- What is this site about? How would you explain it to a friend?
- Who do you think is its audience?
- Observations on design, navigation
- Suggestions for the designer
For Next Week
- Weekly post related to class – on this site (a reminder: the week is Wed -> Tue — posts should be made by midnight TUESDAY – otherwise it’s pretty much impossible for me to integrate them into the class that evening)
- Assignment 1 Due 9 am Wednesday 14 April
- Sunday, bring books to Sunday’s lab (CMU302)
- WordPress Visual Quick Start Guide companion website – Read Chapters 1 and 2 before Sunday
- HTML, XHTML and CSS companion website – Read Chapter 1 before Sunday