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Introduction to Web Design, Course D313 Syllabus

Week 1 - Basics of Web Design

  • Focus on the customer
  • Working with your clients
  • FYI - information on domains
  • Web design patterns
  • Site development processes
    • Naming conventions
    • Purpose of a website
    • Planning your site

Week 2 - Design Principles

  • Design principles
  • Effective Page Layouts
  • Layout options
    • Using tables, layers, frames
    • Working with forms
    • Using CSS to add interest and flexibility to a design

Week 3 - Page Layout - Navigation

  • Principles of effective navigation
  • More than one way to navigate
  • Hierarchal organization
  • Task-based organization
  • Other ways to organize your navigation
  • Making navigation easy
    • bread crumbs
    • links, embedded & external
    • error messages
    • unified browsing hierarchy
    • high-visibility buttons
  • Accessibility issues

Week 4 - Managing Content

  • Speeding up your site
  • Assisting your visitors with task completion
  • Writing for search engines
  • Printable pages
  • Version control
  • Searching the site

Week 5 - Color and Graphics

  • Using color on your pages
    • flashing colors
    • bright colors
  • Pros and cons of background colors
  • Contrast
  • Do's and don'ts of Graphics
  • Dimension vs weight
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Using Background graphics
  • Banners & moving objects

Week 6 - Credibility

  • Site branding
  • Privacy policies
  • Disclaimers
  • Email subscriptions

Week 7- Site Management

  • Site organization
    • Organizing associated files
    • Keeping prior versions
  • Directory structure and organization
  • Too many cooks in the kitchen - version control

Week 8 - Final Steps & Extras

  • Testing your site
  • When you need help testing
  • Online research

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