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NM 231
Introduction to Web Page and Interactive Design

Instructor: Curt Cloninger / curt at lab404 dot com

A crash-course introduction to internet cultures, internet-specific production techniques, and code as an artistic medium. Students survey contemporary internet media cultures and technologies while learning essential web-based coding skills in HTML, CSS and other programming languages applied within the context of art and design. Media production techniques will include transcoding, digital representations of sound and images, and user-interface multimedia experience. Prerequisite: NM 101.

The projects and assignments required in this class are time-intensive and require an average of 9 hours each week on the computer either in this lab or on your own computer that contains the software used in the class.

Student Learning Objectives
In this course you will:
  • Design images and text specifically for the screen
  • Write basic code for building web pages
  • Apply the basic concepts of graphic design to interactive design and web art
  • Develop navigation strategies for moving through information
  • Identify methods for establishing information hierarchy
  • Begin to clearly communicate concepts via interactive design and art
  • Begin to develop a critical vocabulary for critiquing/defending interactive design and web art work

Assignments will explore the following subjects:
  • Experience Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Navigation / Usability
  • Interactive Design and Web art
Required Materials:
Bulldog email account -- check regularly
Student web hosting space (for posting work)
flash drive, notebook or sketchbook, graph paper, pencils, and pens

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