MA Web Design + Content Planning materials for applied art for the web • major project


Welcome to eyelearn, the home of resources and supporting material for both the Applied Art for the Web and the Major Project modules.

The design course - let's design for inclusion and delight.

We'll be looking at classic design principles and how they apply to the web. We'll talk type, colour and layout. We'll create colour schemes and layout drafts, work on graphic assets and learn how to prepare them for the web. We'll literally 'talk design': learn how to make the case for your design, how to elaborate on your design rationale and respond to feedback and critique.

This module includes two assessed projects and some 'tiny tasks', optional small projects set to allow you practice learnt techniques on a practical outcome. Your work will be featured in our gallery and will become a record of your journey :)

The big one - bring your idea to life with help and support from our group.

The Major Project will be your masterpiece. It will be the result of your learning throughout the year, starting with an initial kernel of an idea and evolving into a clear vision.

We'll start by discussing your project ideas. You might have one, or several possible ideas. You might be sure of your concept, or feeling a little uncertain. Either way, presenting your ideas to our group will allows us all to chip with thoughts and ideas. This will allow you to narrow down a clear direction for your project.

Throughout the following months we will have five themed crit sessions which will guide you through the planning stages of your MP. Following the Vitruvian principles, you'll work through the different aspects of your idea, aiming to refine your goals and to hone in on the best possible solution.

At the end of the teaching period, you'll present your prototype, ie a working demo of your project and your work planning for the coming months to prepare for the final presentation. You'll have the summer period to build your final product. There are no official sessions time-tabled ~ but we are around to support you via email or slack. Ideally, you'll get together amongst yourselves to collaborate and support each other. We can schedule some XTRATime sessions as well ~ more details will be confirmed closer to the time.

Your final presentation will be in October '23 ~ at the start of the new term. You'll present your MP to the new cohort of students and your tutors. After the presentation, you'll complete your project report and submit this final project.

This session is part of the Content management module and will be all about building your own WordPress theme. We will have 1 full day for this workshop and will work together on taking a given, simple prototype design and create a new theme.

To get ready for the workshop:
As this is a fully hands-on day, please make sure that you have your logins for your WordPress site at hand as we will be looking at the editor and install/activate our new theme. In addition, you'll need your FTP details for your server. We will need to upload the new files to the theme folder once we're ready.

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Workshop links:
1 - tutorial site for theme build, includes videos and source files
2 - demo site of vanilla theme

And if you get stuck at any point, please know that I'll be here and happy to help — you're most welcome to get in touch via Slack or email me. This is a huge step forward from coding static sites and not an easy task. So don't be shy to ask, you'll get there quicker if you do ツ

Here's to a productive year of team work :)

Any questions? Suggestions? — you're most welcome to get in touch via Slack or email me.

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