Becoming acquainted with web browser developer tools is an important skill in learning how to read markup and navigate HTML and CSS documents. Start making a habit of looking at the source documents for websites that you regularly visit (for example Craigslist, Facebook, Wikipedia, etc.).
Read the following article: Tom McCormack, “Emoticon, Emoji, Text II: Just ASCII,” Rhizome (2013).
ASCII art (The ASCII Art Universe) is just one example of information that you can find “hidden” in website markup. Spend at least one hour visiting as many major websites as possible, viewing the source markup in the browser developer tools, and taking note of ASCII marks, logos, art, or other hidden messages in the source comments. ASCII logos are generally found inside of <!-- comment tags --> and often are near the top of the document.
Collect at least three (3) examples that you find, print them on individual sheets of 8.5” x 11” paper. Then, using Sublime Text, design three (3) comps of your own ASCII mark as a brand or logo for yourself (do not use an online ASCII generator; you must design your ASCII logos yourself). You will include your ASCII mark at the top of all of the website HTML and CSS documents that you create throughtout the semester as a way of “branding” your projects.
Bring your three reference logos and comps of the three (3) ASCII marks of your personal brand logo printed out on individual sheets at 8.5” x 11” and have them pinned-up and ready for critique at the beginning of class, . Based on the feedback that you receive, revise and develop one (1) of those logos and have the final iteration printed and pinned-up at the beginning of class on .
Here are a few examples of sites that display ASCII logos, marks, and messages as comments in their source files:
Sign up for a Blogger, Tumblr, or WordPress blog and become familiar with using the dashboard controls (Blogger Support, Tumblr How-To, WordPress Support) by completing the following project: Write a brief written critique (at least 200 words) of at least three (3) websites of your choosing. Our interest here is not simply to “review” or “rate” these websites, but to carefully consider relationships between form/aesthetic, usability, functionality, and effective visual communication. For each website, ask yourself: What is working about this digital experience and why? What is not working and how could those deficencies be improved upon?
Remember the elements (color, shape, texture, space, form) and principles (unity/harmony, balance, hierarchy, scale/proportion, dominance/emphasis, similarity/contrast) of visual communication. Consider, also, your own understanding and expectations about the conventions and norms of Interaction Design (IxD) and usability: How do you expect a button to look and function? How do you expect menus, forms, and other interactive components to communicate their affordances?
Each written critique should be made as a single post on your blog. Each post must include a screengrab of the website in question, and must include information about the studio or designer who created the site.
The text must be something that you have written yourself, such as a term paper or written reflection from another class. Use a linked CSS stylesheet to control style specifications such as background-color, text color, font-family, font-size, and font-weight. Upload your HTML file to your class directory and make sure that the document is properly linked from your main index HTML.
Use only HTML5 Semantic Tag DIV (Document Division) elements with background-color, border, height, margin, padding, and width specifications in a linked CSS stylesheet to create at least two (2) digital works of art forgery on two (2) separate HTML documents.
The dimensions of the work must be responsive to the browser window (i.e. they should not be composed with fixed-width wrappers) and all of the elements on the page should be interactive with a background-color change in response to the user's hover.
In-Class Demo: Peter Halley, Laws of Rock,
You must choose two (2) of the following examples from the list below. Upload your HTML files to your class directory and make sure that the documents are properly linked from your main index HTML.
Design a page layout with HTML5 Semantic Tags. This will be be your landing page for all your future assignments. You will need to include:
You will be turning in all of your future projects through this website, so anticipate space for four more projects. Each assignment area should have an image and a design brief of what your project is about.
Our project production schedule will consist of three phases:
Gather 20–30 images as a set or series that tells a story, conveys a message, or evokes a series of emotions in the viewer. The images can be photographic, illustrative, digital, or created through some other means. These can be images that you have created, or they can be appropriated, but you must credit the original creator of the images if you are using appropriated images.
Design an interactive photo gallery that showcases that series of images. Your interactive photo gallery must make use of the concepts of Functional Animation, and appropriately implement CSS3 Transforms, CSS3 Animations, and CSS3 Transitions.
Create a scrolling or parallax website that communicates a narrative or gives step by step instructions. The design should take into account both image and text, and respond to the pacing and structure of the source material.
Create a responsive, multipage website for a real client: your portfolio, a small business, a student group, etc. using HTML5 and CSS3.
The site must make appropriate use of HTML5 semantic tags (<header>, <nav>, <section>, <article>, <figure>, <figcaption>, <footer>, etc.), embedded fonts (CSS3 @font-face rule), and the elements of responsive web design (fluid/modular page components, image size optimization, and CSS3 @media Rule media queries).
Prerequisites: FADN 203 - Digital Tools for Design & FADN 202 - Design II
Students are expected to attend all classes and arrive promptly. Attendance will be taken and can impact your grade. Due to the limited number of class hours and contact time, the in-class instruction will focus on lectures and critiques. Students are expected to complete projects, exercises, and additional studio time outside of class – a complete listing of computer labs / hours on campus will be provided. Mutual respect in the classroom is critical. Critique is inevitable. Criticism will be constructive, and is based in the appropriateness of the idea and not the dignity of the individual. It is imperative to meet the deadlines given, every class day a project is late the student will be penalized one grade (10%) on their assignment. Every week the class will engage in a discussion topic that explores the impact that computing and the world wide web has had on culture at large, and design practice in particular. Discussion topics will be given during the class meeting the previous week.
Software tools to be utilized include:
Grades will be assigned according to strength of the concept/design, process/implementation and presentation/craftsmanship.
Grading will be based on the following:
Students are responsible for all assignments, including homework, in-class work, critiques, presentations, demos, readings, process and archiving work on removable media. It is the student's responsibility to submit missed work and information missed if absent. Attendance is crucial for the success of this class; students must attend class since information exchanged in a group discussion or setting may not be imparted through handouts or notes.
This is a studio-based class. Attendance is crucial to the success of the student. Please note that the design area adheres to the following attendance policy:
Plagiarism – presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, either verbatim or recast in your own words – is a serious academic offense with serious consequences. Please familiarize yourself with the discussion of plagiarism in SCampus in Section 11, Behavior Violating University Standards. Other forms of academic dishonesty are equally unacceptable. See additional information in SCampus and university policies on scientific misconduct.
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A number of USC’s schools provide support for students who need help with scholarly writing. Check with your advisor or program staff to find out more. Students whose primary language is not English should check with the American Language Institute, which sponsors courses and workshops specifically for international graduate students. The Office of Disability Services and Programs provides certification for students with disabilities and helps arrange the relevant accommodations. If an officially declared emergency makes travel to campus infeasible, USC Emergency Information will provide safety and other updates, including ways in which instruction will be continued by means of blackboard, teleconferencing, and other technology.
Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.
For information and an application to become a Fine Arts minor, please visit the Art & Design Minors page. Please contact Christina Aumann in HSH-101 / firstname.lastname@example.org / (213) 740-6260 with any questions about a minor in Fine Arts. To become a Fine Arts major, please visit the Degrees Offered page. Please contact Penelope Jones in HSH-101 / email@example.com / (213) 740-9153 with any questions about majoring in art. Applications are due October 1st and March 1st every year.
Some elements of the syllabus may be changed at the instructor’s discretion. If there is any aspect of this syllabus which you do not understand, or to which you take exception, please let the instructor know within the first week of class.