COMM 2555: Interactive Digital Communication

Spring 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 Mon, 01/09 Introduction to the course
Wed, 01/11 Duckett, Intro Introduction to the Internet and the WWW
Fri, 01/13 Duckett, ch. 1 Building web pages / working with a server
2 Mon, 01/16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wed, 01/18 NO CLASS Assignment 1
(available on eLearning)
Fri, 01/20 Introduction to HTML
3 Mon, 01/23 Duckett, ch. 2 HTML common elements; structure and semantics
Wed, 01/25 Duckett, ch. 3, 6 HTML structured content: lists and tables
Fri, 01/27 Lab 1: Getting started with HTML | lab files
4 Mon, 01/30 Duckett, ch. 4 HTML links Assignment 2
Wed, 02/01 Duckett, ch. 5 HTML images
Fri, 02/03 Lab 2: HTML images and links
Lab 2 - extra credit: HTML images and links + introducing CSS | lab files
5 Mon, 02/06 Duckett, 8, 10 Styling web pages with CSS
Wed, 02/08 CSS: how the cascade works; common selectors
Fri, 02/10 Lab 3 | lab files
6 Mon, 02/13 Duckett, ch. 11 CSS: styling color Assignment 3 | source.txt
Wed, 02/15 Duckett, ch. 12 CSS: styling text
Fri, 02/17 Lab 4 | lab files
7 Mon, 02/20 Duckett, ch. 13 CSS box model
Wed, 02/22 Duckett, ch. 14 CSS: styling tables and lists
Fri, 02/24 Lab 5
8 Mon, 02/27 Duckett, ch. 15 Lab/box model review Assignment 4
Wed, 03/01 Duckett, ch. 16 CSS layout: floating elements
Fri, 03/03 Lab 6 | lab files
9 Mon, 03/06 Exam review
Wed, 03/08 Exam 1
Fri, 03/10 Lynda tutorials
SPRING BREAK
10 Mon, 03/20 In Digital Age... Copyright, Public Domain, and the Creative Commons
Wed, 03/22 Williams, ch. 1, 2, 3 Design principles: proximity and alignment; Intro to Photoshop
Fri, 03/24 Lynda tutorials Lab 7: Photoshop: layers and basic selection techniques
11 Mon, 03/27 Williams, ch. 4, 5 Design principles: repetition and contrast
Wed, 03/29 Lynda tutorials Photoshop: compositing, more selection techniques, smart objects
Fri, 03/31 Lynda tutorials Lab 8: Photoshop: advanced selection techniques
12 Mon, 04/03 Williams, ch. 7 Designing with color
Wed, 04/05 Williams, ch. 10-12 Typography
Fri, 04/07 Lynda tutorials Lab 9: Photoshop: adjustment layers
13 Mon, 04/10 Exam review Assignment 5
Wed, 04/12 Exam 2
Fri, 04/14 Lab 10: CSS review + elements of layout
14 Mon, 04/17 Building web sites: web page structure Assignment 6
Wed, 04/19 TBD CSS: approaches to layout
Fri, 04/21 Lab 11: CSS layout
15 Mon, 04/24 TBD Project implementation: layout Assignment 7
Wed, 04/26 TBD Project implementation: editorial style
Fri, 04/28 Project implementation: wrap-up
16 Mon, 05/01 Section 2 Final Project Presentations: 3 - 4:50 pm
Tue, 05/02 Section 1 Final Project Presentations: 1 - 2:50 pm