course notes 2019/20


Sep 16th 2019

Hello everyone :)

and welcome to the start of your year on the MA :) Looking forward to meeting you all and to working with you on your design skills.

One of our favourite aspects of the web is the sense of community and sharing. We hope 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.

Slack is essentially a messenger tool. We have our team, called design4web and you will be invited to join. Members of this team are exclusively students of the MA and your tutors. There are topical channels for specific subjects and you can use direct messages for more private matters. We hope you will love it as much as we do :)


Let’s agree to the following points to get into a nice flow with Slack – and to keep an eye on our limits (we are on the free plan with Slack).

  1. team work via public channels
    In the spirit of teamwork, let’s agree to favour the public channels over private messages (DMs). This will allow us all to get involved in conversations – you might not be the only one wondering about something, or asking this question :) This will be especially important for feedback on design and help with code – keep it public and we can all chip in :)
  2. consensus on new channels
    The current channels are intended to focus our conversations on certain topics and we can expand upon this. Let’s agree to vote on any new channel to avoid overload. If you have a suggestion for a new topic – please use the #general channel to propose it. We can then put this to a vote.
  3. uploading / removing files
    Feel free to upload as many files as you like, be that course related or just for a smile – we can have fun on Slack :)
    Due to the limit of space for us – let’s agree to do some housekeeping every once in a while (maybe during the holidays?). After a few months, let’s all check on our files and delete those heavy ones which are no longer needed to lighten our collective load.
  4. no guarantees
    We all understand that files uploaded to Slack, or text/code pasted, is not a secure backup option. We are at the whim of Slack and its workings and while we’ve not found any issues – we have to be clear that this is merely our coms tool, not official file storage.
    (and you are keeping backups of all your stuff anyway? right?!? :D)

Any questions or comments – please let us know. Leave a comment here or start posting to Slack :)

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