My class is getting close!

My class is getting close!

The day is getting closer for when I teach a web design class at Los Medanos College. Here is part of a screenshot of a poster I just made to advertise it to the campus. Open registration starts August 1st.

For the icons I used FontAwesome. If you don’t know what that is then sign up for my class and you’ll find out how to use them in both print and web design! 🙂

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The details!

Be in control! Design, build & upload a website from scratch.
It doesn’t matter if you are going to be full-fledged web developer
or hire another developer to build a website for you this course
will give you the skills you need to be a well rounded designer and an effective communicator.

No previous experience is required to get the competitive edge!

Fall 08/15/2016 – 12/16/2016 • Section 4624
Monday & Wednesday • 7-9:20pm • 3 Units
Instructor: Eloine Chapman
www.losmedanos.edu/register

 

 

 

Useful web resources for web designers

Useful web resources for web designers

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In this posts are some web resources that I will be adding to for my Art 058 course on Designing for the Web Using Adobe Dreamweaver CC at Los Medanos College in the Fall of 2016. (Search for the course here in the Fall 2016 schedule)

When designing for the web there are many tools that can help speed up that process. I’ve made a collection of some of them below. If you know of any more please feel free to share! Read more

Every website is unique

Every website is unique

One of the joys about being a designer is that everyone has a different story and your job is to realize that story for your client. Many times a client actually knows what they want but they can’t work the tools to tell it like they imagine it.

Below is a recent website creation for a cowboy poet with the flare of the colorful. Colorful in art as well as in language. Paul Zarzyski has been a former bronco rider and a cowboy poet touring the rodeos for a number of years. He has quite a number of poems that are outside the realm of rodeo and last year he published a book of those poems. This year he has published a double CD hardback and digital flip-book with a variety of awarding backup musicians providing the soundtrack to his poetry readings.

This website highlights Paul’s new package available from Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes and other outlets. The artwork was provided by renowned artist Larry Pirnie, a master of the electric color pallet and images of the American West.

Have a look through the website but don’t get lost in all the ZZ’z. As I said every website is unique!

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Copyright range on your website

Copyright range on your website

Do you need a copyright symbol?

You technically don’t need a copyright to protect yourself but it is a reminder that your work is just not free for the taking and the thought is that in court it’s much harder for a person to claim they didn’t realize they couldn’t use your work if you have the copyright notice visible on your site.

One little detail that I see often overlooked is the date in the footer. People will put a copyright there with just one year – the year the site was created. But a website and especially a blog is constantly changing so therefore it should have a copyright range because all of your work is protected from the first design to the last design. Read more

Nifty QR Code

Nifty QR Code

Ever see those ugly black and white things that were all the rage a few years back called QR codes? Well they had the potential of being something great but they were pretty ugly and the technology just wasn’t on everybody’s phone to make it that useful.

I discovered ounchtag.com today and made my own QR code that is melded with an image. I think it looks pretty cool! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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If you don’t know what a QR are code is you can read more about it here.

UPDATE:

No sooner did I post about this that I found a place to use one! One of my clients is a writer and here is a bookmark advertising her books page. The site is not yet live but she will be able to use this bookmark at conferences to take her to her website and to links to buy her book.

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