Web Design for Nonprofits

Today, I had an awesome guest speaker for my Mercy College web design students, Gail Orser from Strategies for Organizational Success LLC, to speak about her professional experience working with non-profits. She shared about the importance of creating a good mission and vision statements along with the need for nonprofits to develop SMART Goals for… Continue reading Web Design for Nonprofits

Web Design Week 5

This week my web design students are learning what are Cascading Stylesheets along with how to create external CSS file and link it a HTML index file. Obviously, they’re finding out there a lot of coding involved to set up CSS, as it is called “reskinning” a website. However, CSS makes it way easier to… Continue reading Web Design Week 5

Moodboards

The second week of web design class, I had students create a mood board to reflect their personal portfolio website. It was to include colors, typography, photos, textures, patterns, and anything miscellaneous that the student wants to consider including into their site. What is a Mood Board and how useful is it? is actually best… Continue reading Moodboards

Wireframes & Sitemaps

The first week I asked my three web design classes to plan their personal portfolio website by creating a wireframe and a sitemap. Their personal plan had to state what colors, typography, graphics, patterns, textures, and any possible miscellaneous items, which can be anything that one might consider adding into their portfolio. What is a… Continue reading Wireframes & Sitemaps

Web Design Week 4

This week my Web Design class will be learning how to add images, links, and lists to web pages. Students will have the opportunity to explore using the DIV tag to section off parts of a webpage. Understanding how to us div tags is important especially when the class starts assigning ids and classes to… Continue reading Web Design Week 4

Web Design Week 3

This week students will covering Chapter 2 and learning how to code html web templates. Students will be completing several exercises in class to learn the html5 semantics elements. Semantics means those elements that have meaning to a web designer or web developer. The four basic semantics are: header, nav for navigation, main, and footer.… Continue reading Web Design Week 3

Text Editors & FTP Apps

Since I am teaching the same web design course for 3 colleges this semester I need to make sure certain programs work. Obviously, each college has a computer lab that is different from other. Tonight’s art class explored Text editors and File Transfer Protocol applications in the Marist College’s Steel Plant Mac lab. Part of… Continue reading Text Editors & FTP Apps

Web Design Week 2

This week for my web design course students will start to learn the basic of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), which is the programming code that a computer’s internet web browser reads in order to display a websites. Students will hand code their first webpage using Notepad, which is a simple text editor and then… Continue reading Web Design Week 2

Web Design Course

I am have been on my computer setting up a new web design course to use on 3 different LMS platforms. It seems like I have to come full circle from teaching technology to hopefully teaching my actual major, which was web strategy and design. I have been asked by a few local colleges teach… Continue reading Web Design Course

Digital Toolbox

The 1st week of my Digital Toolbox course the class learned all about plagiarism, intellectual property, copyright licenses, patents, and trademarks. A global site called Creativity Commons is an excellent source for obtaining copyright license for your own photos and video along with sharing your own work with others around the world. Their 1st assignment… Continue reading Digital Toolbox