Course Description

You will quickly discover, if you don't already know, that the technical aspects of making a basic web page are fairly easy to master. However, like most things in life, designing for the web can take place on many levels of sophistication. This course is constructed to help you expand your abilities to combine communicative, rhetorical, and visual knowledge with an understanding of navigation, content organization, and the common conventions of the web.

In this course we will be working toward developing and designing web sites that thoughtfully engage audiences through both their aesthetic and technological approach. While we will spend some time working with HTML, grapic, and animation applications, this is not a course in software or programming. Instead, we will focus on developing strategies for creating web sites that invite and encourage users to interact with our sites and their content.

Required Materials

  • Robin Williams Web Design Workshop. by John Tollet, Robin Williams, & David Rohr, Peachpit Press, 2002.
  • A zip-disk for saving and backing up your work

Recommended Materials

  • Subscription to Peachpit Press's Visual Quickstart Online Library. While you may want to purchase print versions of some of the handy, well-written, and easy to use Visual Quickstart Guides, this online subscription gives you access to nearly 2 dozen web, graphics, animation, and programming books. The subscription price of $24.95 for 6 months may well be worth the price.

Contact Information & Office Hours

  • Instructor: Jennifer Sheppard
  • Email:
  • Office & Phone: Walker 146, 487-3275
  • Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1-2 & by appointment (people who get A's in class make frequent use of these hours)
  • Additional Contact: I will often also be available in the lab. Most of the time I will be willing to answer questions or help you with your work. However, please ask rather than assume that I have the time to help. As a graduate student I also have work to do and may not be there to work with others.