These days, creating a website is so easy almost anyone can do it. But with all the competition on the Web, creating a site that’s effective is more challenging than ever. Regardless of your current skills or level of knowledge, in this course you’ll master the basics of Web design and learn how to build sites that are better and more effective.
We’ll examine the tension between form and function, explore the six major states of the website development process, and learn the basics of user-centered design. We’ll also cover the five basic steps to organizing information, find out how site design themes can be used for information delivery, and review website design considerations. Along the way, we’ll talk about effective type and graphics and explore the idea of Web 2.0. This course is a must for Web designers, giving the tips and tools that will help them establish a solid career.
Discover what attracts visitors to a website, and how to use design tools such as typography, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and multimedia to captivate visitors and keep them coming back. Then, explore the six major development stages that yield expert design and smart content. You will study the three parts of Web design and the skills you’ll need for each.
Consider the four main elements that make your site user-centric: usability, visualization, functionality, and accessibility. Explore each of these elements to see the thought that goes into effective interface design. Then, review the five basic steps involved in organizing information and four essential structures that you can use to build a website.
Learn how to organize elements in order to enable visitors to accomplish their own goals. Explore usability, content, and design. Then, discover how you can use visual and graphic design, page layout, and grids to take your designs to the next level. You will examine design considerations like visual hierarchy, page dimensions, and negative space.
Examine how typography plays a dual role by providing both verbal and visual communication. Learn all the secrets to convey the right type of mood and information. Then, discover how you can use Cascading Style Sheets to modify fonts. Become familiar with inline, document-level, and external (linked) style sheets, and learn how to create an external CSS file to control the formatting of any page on your site.
Examine the use of titles, headlines, and subheads that assist readers in navigating your site. Discover the advantages of using a Web content management system. Then, learn how to make the information you convey through your images accessible to those who use text-based browsers.
Learn the basics of DHTML, including code you can use to enhance your designs by adding layers to your pages. Finally, examine several popular Web 2.0 sites, and take a look ahead to Web 3.0.
Prerequisites / Requirements
Completion of Creating Web Pages (or equivalent HTML or Web authoring tool experience).
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- An Imaging program, such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, is recommended.
- A Web page authoring tool, such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft Expression Web, is recommended.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.