As I looked at the drafts of your landing pages and résumés in class yesterday, I was amazed by how far you’ve come in three short weeks. I hope you received some helpful feedback from your classmates, and I hope you’ll let me know what concepts you’re still struggling with. Depending on what you need, we can speed up, slow down, or take a few minor detours in the coming weeks.
Some of you are ready to put the finishing touches on your Unit #1 projects, while others may need to spend more time developing content for your landing pages, revising the structure of your résumés, or cleaning up your markup. (The W3C Validator is a harsh master!) This weekend is the time to take care of those tasks, so please don’t wait until Monday to continue working on your pages.
As I said in class yesterday, next week we will focus on taking your Unit #1 projects from good to great. Here’s how we’ll get there:
- On Monday, we will experiment with some slightly more advanced typographic strategies, then apply those strategies to your Unit #1 projects. Before you come to class, please have a solid grasp of pages 267–90 in HTML and CSS. (You’ve read these before, but you should know them inside and out by Monday.) In addition, please read and/or explore the following resources:
- “Web Design is 95% Typography,” by Oliver Reichenstein
- “CSS @ Ten: The Next Big Thing,” by Håkon Wium Lie.
- “How to Use CSS @font-face,” by Tim Brown
- The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web
- The Web Font Combinator
- On Wednesday, we will discuss various navigation systems on the web. Before you come to class, please read pages 317 and 452–74 in HTML and CSS, then try to build a navigation menu for your Unit #1 project using one of the sites listed under “Navigation Menus” on the Resources page.
If you have any questions about these plans, or if you want to reserve a time to see me during office hours on Monday (8–11 a.m. in Shanks 427), let me know.