course notes 2018/19

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WordPress theme design

Mar 13th 2019

Ready for a little challenge? — 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 :) working with WordPress When developing a new WP site – you should always work on a development server, and➢ continue reading

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design for UX & accessibility

Mar 6th 2019

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

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interface design

Feb 6th 2019

How do you design an interface which is not only easy to use, works well across all screens and is aesthetically appealing as well? ‘how keys work’ via tweet from @Cennydd Like a key to open a lock, your UI needs to give access to the content without bothering the user with the complexities which➢ continue reading

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Icon design

Jan 30th 2019

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

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Vector graphics

Jan 16th 2019

While not the easiest format to work with – vector graphics are simply wonderful: they allow for perfect precision and scale without loss of quality. While in the past, the use of SVG remained a mere promise – you are starting your journey at a time when SVGs are now not only possible but their➢ continue reading

Responsive Design Planning

Nov 14th 2018

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. While the specifics will depend on project and target group – a mobile➢ continue reading

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Layout design

Nov 7th 2018

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

Oct 31st 2018

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 24th 2018

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

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Typography for the Web

Oct 17th 2018

Oliver Reichenstein famously wrote: Web Design is 95% Typography. 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 any given website.➢ continue reading