course notes 2017/18

brand design

Dec 6th 2017

make a splash.

In these days of social media – having a strong brand is only the basis of a successful presence within the market. While there’s more competition, there are also more channels, more ways to engage with people and entice them to become loyal supporters. The web and social media make it easier than ever to➢ continue reading

adaptive design planning

Nov 15th 2017

ethan marcotte

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, or mobile. Jeremy Keith – One Web Jeremy Keith – One Web from Thinking Digital➢ continue reading

layout design

Nov 8th 2017

While 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 to design,➢ continue reading

images for the web

Nov 1st 2017

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


Oct 25th 2017

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

typography for the web

Oct 18th 2017

illustrated word

Oliver Reichenstein famously wrote: Web Design is 95% Typography.  (read original article) Though this is a bold statement which you might, or might not, agree with – there is no doubt that carefully crafted typography will not only ensure good legibility of text and therefore accessibility but also greatly enhance the design and impact of➢ continue reading

Principles of graphic design

Oct 11th 2017

Design is a fluid process, something that will change with each project, each challenge. Intuition is 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

People of the web

Sep 27th 2017


Hello everyone :) One of our favourite aspects of the web is the sense of community and sharing. We’re hoping that we will form an excellent web team together. While we won’t have too much time together at the university – we will use Slack to keep in touch throughout the year. Happiness is connecting➢ continue reading

online editors & browser add-ons

Sep 20th 2017

In addition to the tools already mentioned – there are a whole lot more to give you a helping hand ;) There will be a few more additional bits which we will talk about in class ~ for now, a few to get started with.

tools of the trade

Sep 20th 2017

Whether you are an experienced designer already or just starting ~ you’ll need the right tools for the job :) So here’s a quick look at a few options: