course notes 2016/17

WordPress theme design

Mar 15th 2017

I’m really looking forward to taking you all through the theme design today ~ let’s see how beautiful your blogs will become once you start creating your own themes :) NOTE: I’ve recently delivered 2 workshops elsewhere on this very topic, thought you might like a look: Digital Practices ↗.  You will be familiar with➢ continue reading

interface design

Feb 15th 2017

'how keys work' via tweet from @Cennydd

How do you design an interface which is not only easy to use, works well across all screens and is aesthetically appealing as well? Like a key to open a lock, your UI needs to give access to the content without bothering the user with the complexities which might lie beneath :) case studies mentioned:➢ continue reading

design for UX & accessibility

Feb 15th 2017

design for ux

As web workers, be that designers or developers, it is our job to create not only engaging user experiences but also to ensure an all inclusive design and setup. Making sure our content is presented in the most accessible and easy way will liberate our user to use the web freely and without hinderance, a➢ continue reading

icon design

Feb 1st 2017

sun icon / ico

Icons are the small little details with such high importance that they deserve as much TLC as the rest of your design. If you search for icon sets online, you will find an ever growing number of beautiful sets to choose from. However, it will be worth your while to at least explore icon design,➢ continue reading

Vector graphics

Feb 1st 2017

Vector graphics are wonderful ~ they allow for prefect precision and scale without loss of quality. With SVGs now  the web – you should definitely spend time to create vector graphics for your sites and understand their use on the web. If you are completely new to Illustrator – here are a few references to➢ continue reading

adaptive design planning

Nov 16th 2016

loop by Cento Lodigiani ©

Today, we can no longer design any site without considering carefully the many different devices and screensizes affecting layout and presentation. A good responsive design will allow the content to adapt to the viewport, be that a computer or TV, and mobile. Ethan Marcotte It is now over six years ago that the wonderful Ethan Marcotte➢ continue reading

layout design

Nov 16th 2016

featured photo by Rain Noe, lines & shapes added to original, © Rain Noe, core77

CSS Grid Ask Me AnythingWhile you are learning how to produce effective layouts you will come across many different views and practices. One prevailing and well established method is of course the use of grids. A lot has been written and discussed about grids in design, from historic examples, architecture, graphic and web design. As an approach➢ continue reading

images for the web

Oct 26th 2016

With your beautiful profile designs in hand – let’s take a look at preparing and saving your images for the web. Whether you create all of your own visuals, or work with source files, you’ll need to consider the final implementation of these visuals within your design. Without preparation and optimisation, these additions will make➢ continue reading

colour

Oct 26th 2016

colour illustration

Colour is a topic which never ceases to inspire great discussion about interpretation, meaning and effect within design. As subjective as colour can be – it is our job as designers to be mindful of implications as well as considerate in our selection for use in interface and web design. Don Norman discusses design psychology.➢ continue reading

Principles of graphic design

Oct 19th 2016

heather hansen, emptied gestures

Design is a fluid process, something that will change with each project, each challenge. Intuition if often a good starting point. Following the well-trodden paths which are influenced by long standing principles is another. Let’s take a look at some established as well as popular graphic design principles and their possible inspiration for design for➢ continue reading