Thomas Wallace: Lectures and Resources - A collection of website design lectures and resources

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To view lecture notes for a given lesson follow the links below. Lecture notes will be added the day of each lecture. Reading assignments will be listed for each section. Please do the assigned readings before class and be prepared to discuss in class.

Getting Started - 8.23.2010

Homework (Due 8.30.10): Write your first blog post reflecting on the first day in the program and your personal expectations for the class. Make sure you catorgorize and/or tag the post. If you are feeling adventurous try adding a photo to the post as well. There is no length requirement for this assignment.

Browse the Wordpress Theme Repository. If you find a theme that you would like to use please email the theme name and URL to

Wordpress Blog Configuration - 8.30.2010

Homework (Due 9.13.10): Write and publish content for the about page. Include a photo (Does not have to be of you). Add Links and RSS Widget to your sidebar.

Using the Web Like a Pro - Part 1 - 9.13.2010

Using the Web Like a Pro - Part 2 - 9.20.2010

Homework: Write a blog post about your favorite web-based service that you learned about in class or otherwise. This should be a thorough review detailing what you like/dislike, areas for improvement, and a comparison to any similar products or services.

PowerPoint - 9.27.2010

PowerPoint - 10.4.2010

Fireworks - 10.11.2010

Homework: Create an image in Fireworks using the tools we covered in class this evening. Post the photo to your blog before class next Monday.

Introduction: Our Window to the Web: Web Browsers & Understanding Web Related Terminology - 10.18.2010

Assignment: Download and Install Firefox on your computer. Add the Web Developer and Firebug extensions

Assignment: Evaluate your favorite web site based on our discussion of Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior. This is a short written assignment that should be posted to your blog by 10-25-10. Make sure you discuss the following elements: Site URL, An assessment of the Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior of the site, Things you like about the site, Things you would change.

Structure: Introduction to (X)HTML- 10.25.2010

Assignment Reading: Semantic XHTML (Quiz Material)

Structure: Introduction to (X)HTML - 11.1.2010

Structure: Introduction to (X)HTML - 11.8.2010

Assignment Reading: Marking up textual content in HTML

Structure: Introduction to (X)HTML - 11.15.2010

Reading Assignment: Generic Containers the div & span element

Structure: Introduction to (X)HTML - 11.22.2010

Assignment: Create and Validate a prototype HTML document that includes examples of all HTML elements covered thus far. For a list of requirements view this page.

Emailed to on 12.6.10

Site Management - 1.24.2011

Reading Assignment: The history of the Internet and the web, and the evolution of web standards - Write blog post explaining the impact of the browser wars on modern web development and how why web standards are important.
Video Tutorial - Defining a site

The Building Blocks: Structure/Design - 1.31.2011

Assignment: Read CSS Basics. It is imperative that you read this material before class next week.

The Building Blocks: Structure/Design - 2.7.2011

Reading Assignment: CSS Specificity & Class vs. ID
Homework Style all major elements in your current index.html file. Upload to the web server and send the link before class to

The Building Blocks: Structure/Design - 2.14.2011

Assignment: Fill out the site questionnaire and storyboard your web site. Email me the completed questionnaire by 2.21.2011

Assignment: Select a color scheme for your site. Be sure to write down the hexadecimal color code for your color scheme and bring to class with you next week.

Out of Class Learning Activity

Assignment: Email me the icon you create as homework. Due 2.28.11

The Building Blocks: Design - 2.21.2011

Homework (Due 2.28.11): Create Banner image for your website in Fireworks. Image should be as wide as your container div and between 80px and 200px tall and < 40kb in size. Emailed to before class.

The Building Blocks: Structure/Design - 2.28.2011

Homework : Using what you learned from your client interview, create and updated sitemap/storyboard for the project. For more details view this page.

Bringing It All Together - 3.7.2011

Homework : Validate your HTML & CSS template page and include the W3C Badge in the footer. Need Help? Read This.

Project Assignment: Design a mock up of your client web site. For more details view this page.

Bringing It All Together - 3.14.2011

  • Project Design Meeting

Spring Break - 3.21.2011

  • Work on Personal Web Portfolio

Assignment: Finish Personal Website project. Email me ( a link to the site no later than Noon CST April 4,2011.

Bringing It All Together - 3.28.2011

Assignment: Each Team should complete initial design concept to present to the faculty. This design should incorporate the feedback your team gave you on your initial design. This is a team design project so each team should submit their best work.

Practice Assessment - 4.11.2011

Project Work - 4.18.2011

Assessment - 5.11.2011

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ReAssessment - 5.16.2011



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