Welcome to Comp App I— Web Design Class! A class with the purpose of introducing the design concepts and skills required to develop interactive content for the screen-based media. This class will focus primarily on the merging of aesthetics and usability in interface design, designing information architecture, and designing for satisfactory user experience.

I will be encouraging you to work both individually and in groups during the semester on various projects, across various digital media. However, the course remains focused upon understanding and the application of basic conceptual and design skills. I intend to provide these required skills to you, in informative, fun, and creative ways!

Please check out and use the links on the right column☞ for help and inspiration!

Day 1 Q&A

1. What is graphic designer’s role in web design world?
  • Graphic designer (1-3 years): $39,750–$56,750
  • Graphic designer (5+ years): $67,500–$93,000
  • Package designer: $59,500–$91,000
  • Visual designer: $66,000–$99,250
  • Front-end web developer (3+ years): $80,000–$119,500
  • Web designer (5+ years): $83,250–$118,000
  • Interaction designer (5+ years): $88,250–$124,500
  • UX designer (1–3 years): $52,000–$79,500
  • UX designer (5+ years): $92,750–$138,000

The Creative Group 2017 Designer Salary Guide  

2019_salary_guide_thecreativegroup (Reading assignment#1)

Hot hybrids

It takes a wide range of design and technical skills to keep up with industry trends in today’s fast-moving climate. In response, creative agencies and in-house departments increasingly seek well-rounded professionals who have knowledge outside their specialty area. As an example, skilled UX designers are in demand; if they also understand the business strategy behind branding, their resumes could well rise to the top of the heap.

Employers will pay a top designer salary, but they expect value, which comes in the form of worker versatility. Expect greater cross-departmental collaboration, especially with IT, as management breaks down silos and encourages staff members to partner on projects and key business initiatives.

2.What are we going to learn in this class? Is it hard?
3.What is Dreamweaver? Do we need to learn code?
4. Dreamweaver vs WordPress/Wix/Squarespace?
5. What do you (instructor) expect from us (students)?

What is Internet?

A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.

How does the internet work? Servers, hosting and domain names explained (Reading assignment#2)

Prepare two things: Hold on! COUPON AVAILABLE!

  1. figure out a domain name (prepare for your course web site, short/easy to remember/relevant/.com) (free)
  2. Bring payment next class, a hosting account (GoDaddy, hostgator, a small orange or Bluehost ), find coupon code if applicable.

Bring your notebook and flash drive to every class.

The Art of Web Design

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