Blogroll Summer 2016

Week 1: Set up a blog with Blogger, WordPress or Tumblr. Blogger will require a google ID: gmail email address, or other google service.

Please identify yourself on your blog: Add a widget to the sidebar of your blog containing your first name.
Please set your blog to display all entries.
If this is a blog you use for multiple purpose/classes, clearly create a category for this class which segregates, separates content for this class from other classes.
If you cannot, create a new blog for this class only.

Week 1, fill out and submit a comment to this page in the comment field at the bottom of this page containing:

1. The full URL to your blog. Please test its accuracy before submitting.
2. Be sure to fill out a current email address. I will not spam you.

3. When contacting me via email regarding your blog, create hotlinks in the email to the blog posts you are referring to.

12 students

Bair, Alexi Graphic & Web

Brewer, Justin Graphic & Web Design

Cutler, Stephanie Fashion Mktg & Mgmt

Fisher, Hannah Web Des & Interactive M

Haver, Megan Graphic & Web Design

Hensley, Logan Graphic & Web Design

Koenig, Mariko Graphic & Web Design

Largo, Jason  Web Des & Interactive M

Rusev, Simeon Graphic & Web Design

Wang, Hsiang-Cheng Graphic & Web Design

Wooton, Brandi Graphic Design

Zhang, Qin Graphic & Web Design

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READING SCHEDULE

Digital Textbook: Designing Interfaces. Author: Tidwell, J. Date: 2011, Publisher: O’Reilly Media

ISBN: 9781449379704.   Available from ecompanion shell for this class.

Directions:

Weekly reading responses are due, correctly labelled and posted to student blog, by the beginning of the following class only. Late blog entries will earn failing credit at the instructor’s discretion. 

Title each blog entry clearly for credit by week assignment as detailed below.
Example: “Unit 1 Reading Response“.
Failure to  label blog entries correctly will earn a failing grade.

Read what is assigned. Write a response in your own words to the content. Some summarizing is necessary, but reflect on what you have read, write your reactions. Include hotlinks to external references.
Plagiarism = zero credit and a meeting with your academic director concerning your future at the Art Institute of Seattle.

Unit 1

a. Read Chapter 1: What Users Do. Pages 1-25

b. Why Mood Boards Matter – webdesignerdepot

Blog Entry titled “Unit 1 Reading Response

200 word summary and reaction to the content of the reading: What do you think?

Post hotlinks to 8 inspiring/influential portfolio websites for designers in your field: web design/GD. Accompany each with an analysis of the site: use of type, navigation, layout, use of parallax, method of presenting large scale images. Please note that behance, dribble pages are templated, and not designed portfolio websites.
4 points

Unit 2

Chapter 3. Billboard Design 101: Designing pages for scanning, not reading
Chapter 4. Animal, vegetable, or mineral?: Why users like mindless choice
Chapter 5. Omit needless words: The art of not writing for the web

Blog Entry titled “Unit 2 Reading Response

200 word summary and reaction;

Post hotlinks to 3 inspiring/influential portfolio websites for designers in your field: web design/GD. Accompany each with an analysis of the site: use of type, navigation, layout, use of parallax, method of presenting large scale images. Again, please note that behance, dribble pages are templated, and not designed portfolio websites.

 4 points

Unit 3

Chapter 6. Street signs and Breadcrumbs: Designing navigation

Blog Entry titled “Unit 3 Reading Response

200 word summary and reaction;

Post hotlinks to 3 inspiring/influential portfolio websites for designers in your field: web design/GD. Accompany each with an analysis of the site: use of type, navigation, layout, use of parallax, method of presenting large scale images.

Again, please note that behance, dribble pages are templated, and not designed portfolio websites.

 4 points

Unit 4

Chapter 7.  The first step in recovery is admitting that the Home page is beyond your control

Blog Entry titled “Unit 4 Reading Response”

200 word summary and reaction; 3 links to material related to reading. 4 points

Unit 5

Chapter 8. “The Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends”: Why most web design team arguments about usability are a waste of time, and how to avoid them
Chapter 9. Usability testing on 10 cents a day: Keeping testing simple—so you do enough  of it

Blog Entry titled “Unit 5 Reading Response

200 word summary and reaction;

Post to blog hotlinks and description of at least 3 book promo web products.

4 points

Unit 6

If your team is designing for iPhone: Designing for iOS

if your team is designing for Android: Design Principles for Android. 
Read Design Principles and UI Overview.

The Flat Design Era at Design Ledger. what is a skeuomorph?

Blog Entry titled “Unit 6 Reading Response

200 word summary and reaction; 3 links to iPhone application development articles, tools. 4 points

Unit 7

Listen to 99% Invisible podcast episode “Title TK”

Read “Top Ten Tips for Naming Your App

Chapter 10. Mobile: It’s not just a city in Alabama anymore

Blog Entry titled “Unit 7 Reading Response

200 word summary and reaction; 3 links articles related to the content of the podcast episode and the reading. 4 points. Zero points will be assessed for a blog post which fails to address the podcast episode and webpage.

Unit 8

a. Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 1: Idea And Design

b. Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 2: Marketing And Launch (thanks Z.L.!)

Blog Entry titled “Unit 8 Reading Response

200 word summary and reaction; 3 links to material related to reading. 4 points

Further Resources: How to build an app: 45 great tutorials

Unit 9:

Starter’s Guide to iOS

Designing for iOS    Designing a Mobile App? Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes

Blog Entry titled “Unit 9 Reading Response

200 word summary and reaction; 3 links to logic flow resources and information. 4 points

 

Link Bullpen

Mapping on iOS intro:

https://medium.com/design-explosion/introducing-design-explosions-e564dea4d435

https://medium.com/design-explosion/design-explosions-mapping-on-ios-ad4ec6ba5c59

Wireframing best practices:

http://blog.celerity.com/wireframing-best-practices-your-web-team

Flowchart

https://www.draw.io/

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-flow-charting-applications/

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_97.htm

http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/robots/4H/roboticsandyouonline/probe_content/probe_12/flowcharts.pdf