course notes 2018/19

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

Principles of graphic design

Oct 10th 2018

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

introductions

Sep 26th 2018

Happiness is connecting ~ with people of the web ;) Of course, the web community is quite big across the internet. Here is a very brief introduction to only some of the brilliant people working on the web, influencing its development and helping us all along. There are many more we will introduce you to➢ continue reading

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Welcome

Sep 19th 2018

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➢ continue reading

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The Shape of Design

Sep 13th 2018

Hello everyone ;) looking forward to meeting you all and to working with you on your design skills. In case you come across this page before our first session and if you’re keen to get started – here’s an excellent bit of reading by Frank Chimero, highly recommended: The Shape of Design is less of➢ continue reading