Bringing it all Together

Segway Project

Assignment

  1. Begin work on the Segway Project
  2. Optimize and post to your blog the Clone Stamp and Marquee Tool exercise images we worked on in class last week. Please describe the techniques you used in the exercise.
  3. Email me an optimized version of your header graphic you created in class.

Image Optimization

Assignment

Please read the following article on image optimization and write a shot blog post discussing three takeaways from the article.

Review the HTML & CSS concepts covered last semester and bring questions/need for clarification to class on Thursday. We’ll begin a web design project on Thursday. If you need some review this site covers a good chunk of what we discussed last semester.

Getting to know the Web Inspector – Out of class activity

Work through the following article – The Webkit Inspector

Be prepared to discuss and perhaps demo something you learned on Tuesday. Don’t feel intimidated if you you do not understand all of the information covered in the article. Becoming familiar with this tool will greatly increase your productivity and ability to identify and troubleshoot problems.

 

 

Introduction to HTML5

Assignment

Create a Codepen Account and experiment with it’s features.

Read Semantic XHTML (Quiz Material) & Read Chapter 2.

Creating Imagery for your Site

Assignment

Create Banner image for your sample page in Fireworks. The image should be as wide as your container div and between 80px and 200px tall and less than 40kb in size. Emailed tswallace@ualr.edu before class on the Thursday. Have fun with this. You can make an image for anything. It could be a company, an event, a hobby etc. I’d like to see the following elements present in your design. Typographical Element, some sort of photographic element or vector artwork, and a consistent color scheme (Try Kuler).

Next class I’ll show you how to integrate this image into your template page properly. Please bring the optimized file to class.

What is new in HTML5?

In Class Assignment

Visit 10 Websites / Services you frequent. For each you should provide me with the site url, declared doctype, and a list of linked resources with the relationships. Only include the relationship information for elements we have not discussed. I’d like for you to discover as many new relationship types as possible. There is no need to list all relationship attributes for the site, only ones that are new to you. Once completed select one of the new relationship types and provide me with an explanation of its purpose.

Please email this assignment to me prior to class on Thursday.

Homework Reading

Structure, Content, Design & Behavior

Assignment

Evaluate your favorite web site based on our discussion of Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior. This is a written assignment that should be emailed to me (tswallace@ualr.edu) no later than 1-28-15. Make sure you discuss the following elements: Site URL, An assessment of the Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior of the site, Things you like about the site, Things you would change.

Introduction Fireworks

My Reading List – Import into a reader of your choice. I use Feedly
Thomas Wallace Reading List (Right-click save as or import via URL)

Woking with Photography

Image Optimization

Assignment

Post optimized samples of the images you created to your blog with an explanation of the tools and approach you used.

Introduction to Fireworks

  • Fireworks Workspace
  • Creating Shapes
  • Working with Typography
  • Cropping and Resizing

Complete the following tutorials and submit the folder icon you create in the 3rd tutorial.

You should email this icon to me before class on Thursday. Late submissions will not be accepted. I do not expect you to perfectly replicate the icon in the tutorial but I would like to see a solid effort from each of you. This is a challenging assignment so I encourage you to not wait until the night before it is due. Good Luck!

My Reading List – Import into a reader of your choice. I use Feedly
Thomas Wallace Reading List (Right-click save as or import via URL)

Introduction to Fireworks

  • Fireworks Workspace
  • Creating Shapes
  • Working with Typography
  • Cropping and Resizing

Complete the following tutorials and submit the folder icon you create in the 3rd tutorial.

You should email this icon to me before class next Thursday. Late submissions will not be accepted. I do not expect you to perfectly replicate the icon in the tutorial but I would like to see a solid effort from each of you. This is a challenging assignment so I encourage you to not wait until the night before it is due. Good Luck!

jQuery Lab

Assignment

Find a jQuery tutorial/technique  on the web. When evaluating the script make sure that the page is still usable without Javascript enabled. You should pick something that can be integrated into your current site to meet the above mastery requirement. Submit the URL to me via email of the working script. Due Thursday.

Some examples to get you started…

Introduction to CSS

Assignment

Read The following Article on CSS Positioning. Be prepared to discuss next week.

Style your Gordo / Prototype Document in Codepen or Using a text editor and send me the URL prior to class on Tuesday. I’m not looking for perfection. I’d like you to explore the techniques covered in class.

Progressive Enhancement

Assignment

Begin looking for ways you can implement jQuery into your final project. Identify what is it you’d like to do (image gallery, carousel, lazy load etc.) and begin researching what it takes to get it implemented. Your assignment for the weekend will be to get something working you can submit a week from Tuesday.

Resources 1 | 2 | 3

Introduction to jQuery

Additional Reading and Study – Javascript 101

Read the following Article on Progressive Enhancement. Send me an email (tswallace@ualr.edu) explaining progressive enhancement in your own words. Please discuss why it is important to use progressive enhancement and include a link to another article you found and read relating to the topic. Due before class Monday.

Service Learning Project

  • Service Learning Project Topic – Submit for Approval
  • Team Organization – Who is responsible for what. Everyone should have a role.
  • Project Scheduling – Book your date and time with the DSC for your booth (Week Before Finals)
  • Submit to me as a Google Doc your project proposal (1 Per Team). This document should include all of the information listed above. Due to me by next Monday. Be prepared to give a status report to the class (one per team).
  • You are welcome to meet as a team later this week and begin work on the project. I’ll try and get your topic approved within 24 hours of submitting your proposal. After today, you’ll have two full sessions to work on the project before the Thanksgiving Holiday. Working ahead is in your best interest.

Web IDE’s and Introduction to CSS

Assignment

ReadCSS Specificity & Class vs. ID – This is quiz material.

Validation and HTML5 Lab

Assignment

Due on Thursday 10.30.14

  • Create and Validate a prototype HTML document that includes examples of all HTML elements covered thus far. For a list of requirements view this page.
  • You are free to submit this assignment in one of two ways. Those who complete option 2 will receive extra credit.
    1. Attach the html file to an email to tswallace@ualr.edu or
    2. Upload the file to your web space. The url should be ualr.edu/username/prototype/. Make sure you name the file index.html
  • Read the following article before class on Thursday – CSS Basics

Creating Imagery for your Site

Assignment

Create Banner image for your sample page in Fireworks. The image should be as wide as your container div and between 80px and 200px tall and less than 40kb in size. Emailed tswallace@ualr.edu before class on the Thursday. Have fun with this. You can make an image for anything. It could be a company, an event, a hobby etc. I’d like to see the following elements present in your design. Typographical Element, some sort of photographic element or vector artwork, and a consistent color scheme (Try Kuler).

Next class I’ll show you how to integrate this image into your template page properly. Please bring the optimized file to class.

File Management

Assignment

  • Practice publishing files to your webspace using FTP. Remember to properly name your homepage file (index.html). You can download a free FTP client for Windows or Mac from Filezilla. Make sure to carefully read the installer package dialogs (as you always should) to make sure you are not installing additional software or toolbars.
  • Create and Validate a prototype HTML document that includes examples of all HTML elements covered thus far. For a list of requirements view this page.
  • Email me the URL of your completed prototype document. Send to tswallace@ualr.edu before 10.28.14.

Sectioning Elements and File Management

Assignment

  • Practice publishing files to your webspace using FTP. Remember to properly name your homepage file (index.html). You can download a free FTP client for Windows or Mac from Filezilla. Make sure to carefully read the installer package dialogs (as you always should) to make sure you are not installing additional software or toolbars.
  • Create and Validate a prototype HTML document that includes examples of all HTML elements covered thus far. For a list of requirements view this page.
  • You can email the html document to me or for additional credit upload to the server and send me the url. Send to tswallace@ualr.edu before 10.28.14.

Image Editing and Optimization

  • Fireworks Workspace
  • Creating Shapes
  • Working with Typography
  • Cropping and Resizing

Assignment

Complete the following tutorials and submit the folder icon you create in the 3rd tutorial.

You should email this icon to me before class on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Late submissions will not be accepted. I do not expect you to perfectly replicate the icon in the tutorial but I would like to see a solid effort from each of you. This is a challenging assignment so I encourage you to not wait until the night before it is due. Good Luck! If you’d like you can download a 30 day trial of Fireworks on your own computer so you can work off campus.