COMM 2555: Interactive Digital Communication

Fall 2017

About the Course

This course is one of the four core courses in the Interactive Digital Studies (IDS) program. It provides a foundation in digital production skills that students will need for all their other IDS classes.

Specific content varies from semester to semester; we typically use Adobe Photoshop fot digital image editing and HTML & CSS for web page coding and design. Students will also learn about principles of visual design and designing for the web, as well as proper usage of digital images and other media online.


Schedule

Week Date Readings Sessions & Labs Assignments
1 Tue, 08/22 Introduction to the course
Thu, 08/24 Duckett, Intro Introduction to the Internet and the WWW Assignment 1 (eLearning)
2 Tue, 08/29 Duckett, ch. 1, 2 Introduction to HTML
Thu, 08/31 Duckett, ch. 3, 6 Lab 1: Getting started with HTML | lab files
3 Tue, 09/05 Duckett, ch. 4, 5 HTML: images and links
Thu, 09/07 Lab 2: Images and links (due 9/12)
4 Tue, 09/12 Duckett, ch. 8, 10 Introduction to CSS Assignment 2
Thu, 09/14 Lab 3: Styling web pages with CSS
5 Tue, 09/19 Duckett, ch. 11, 12 CSS: styling text, colors
Thu, 09/21 Lab 4: Styling text, colors | lab files
6 Tue, 09/26 Duckett, ch. 13 CSS: The box model
Thu, 09/28 Duckett, ch. 14 Lab 5: Styling tables and lists
7 Tue, 10/03 Duckett, ch. 15, 16 CSS: Floating elements Assignment 3
Thu, 10/05 Lab 6: Exam practice
8 Tue, 10/10 Exam 1
Thu, 10/12 In Digital Age... Copyright, Public Domain, and the Creative Commons
9 Tue, 10/17 Williams, ch. 1, 2, 3 Design principles: proximity and alignment; Intro to Photoshop
Thu, 10/19 Lynda tutorials Lab 7: Photoshop-1
10 Tue, 10/24 Williams, ch. 4, 5 Design principles: repetition and contrast
Thu, 10/26 Lynda tutorials Lab 8: Photoshop-2
11 Tue, 10/31 Williams, ch. 7 Designing with color Assignment 4
Thu, 11/02 Lynda tutorials Lab 9: Photoshop-3
12 Tue, 11/07 Williams, ch. 10-12 Typography
Thu, 11/09 Exam 2
13 Tue, 11/14 online (TBD) Building web sites: web page structure Assignment 5
Thu, 11/16 Lab 10: CSS review + elements of layout
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14 Tue, 11/28 online (TBD) CSS: Approaches to layout
Thu, 11/30 Lab 11: CSS layout Assignment 6
15 Tue, 12/05 Project implementation: layout
Thu, 12/07 Project implementation: editorial style
16 Tue, 12/13 Section 2 Final Project Presentations: 8 - 9:50 am
Thu, 12/14 Section 1 Final Project Presentations: 10 - 11:50 am