Chapter 11: CSS Orientation pp. 214–223 Inheritance, etc.
Chapter 12: Formatting Text, pp. 244-260 ID selectors, class selectors, specificity
Chapter 14: Thinking Inside the Box ,pp. 305–335 Boxes, borders, drop shadows
Here’s what we did this week:
On Tuesday, I demo’d how to make a background that stretches to fill the browser window. If you want to do this, here is a video that shows you how: Full-Page Background Demo.
On Thursday, I we had a work night and and then a crit of the completed Farmer’s Market sites.
At the end of class on Thursday, I handed out stuff for our next (and last big) assignment – the Portfolio/Brochure site.
Schedule for the rest of the semester
Nov. 20 Tue – Work night for Portfolio Brochure. Also, CSS Links in-class exercise
Nov. 27 Tue – Work on Brochure/Portfolio Site. I’ll be gone and you’ll have a sub.
Nov. 29 Thurs–
Interim deadline for B/P site – Photoshop/Illustrator/Fireworks prototype of your site ready for a crit. If you don’t have some kind of a draft ready to show, your final grade will be lowered 10 points.
SimpleViewer demo – learn how to make an image gallery with Bridge
Dec. 4 Tuesday – Work night. Also, discussion of web forms and hosting, domain registration, etc.
Dec. 6 Thurs – Pirate Party (anchored Links and Image Maps) demo + work night
Dec. 11 Tue – Work night. Also, brief discussion of tables.
Dec. 13 Tue – Work night
Dec. 18 Tue – Portfolio/Brochure crit. Last class. All work must be in on this day.
We talked about websites that are horrible, and that was fun because we can all come up with so many.
Here‘s a post with links to some great usability resources.
Don’t Make Me Think is the definitive book about usability, well worth a read. I think it has applications beyond digital design. Many designed items that you use every day – packaging, textbooks, other books, phones, instruction manuals – could stand a little usability testing.
Dreamweaver Demo screencast
We also started using Dreamweaver for CSS – both for layout and for styling text and so forth. Below are links to screencasts I made from my Thursday night demo.
Sorry this recap of last week is a little late, students. To refresh your memory of last week (only Thursday the 25th – no class on the 23rd):
Critiqued the Musician assignment. You all did a fantastic job! I truly am impressed by the results I saw.
Practiced making links. To assist you, I’ve put a Links Cheatsheet in the Handy Tips section. It includes info about how to make links to files in higher directories, if you want to experiment with that.