Frequently Asked Questions
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GD 65 – Web Design 1
There are no prerequisites for this class, but the advised skills are: Graphic Design 18 – Introduction to Graphic Design Applications (advised) or Entertainment Technology 11 – Computer Skills for Digital Media.
The SMC bookstore should have copies. If not, check with an online retailer like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
If you’re having difficulty finding a print version, please consider the following digital alternatives:
1. A digital Kindle version from Amazon costs around $24.79, or
2. From the O’Reilly website (they publish the book) you can get an eBook version (includes the following formats: ePub, mobi, pdf) for $39.99
And of course, you should be able to find a used copy on Amazon for somewhere around $25-$50.
If you have technical questions about access issues or passwords, etc. please contact the help-desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 877-740-2213. This service is available to online students 24/7. ALWAYS go to the help-desk for technical assistance as I am here to teach the course and cannot help you with technical issues. There is a help tab on every page within the smconline.org platform.
On the Tools menu, click Tech Support. The Contact Help Desk page opens. There is a phone number and email address and a CHAT LIVE WITH A HELP-DESK PERSON option as well.
Monday – Thursday: I’ll respond within 24 hours through the discussion board on the eCompanion site under the threaded discussion for either general questions or that week’s assignment.
Friday, Sat, Sun: I’l respond within 24 hours through email at email@example.com.
If you need to email me about something you’d like to remain private or if your question needs immediate attention, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The quizzes are online and are 10 short-answer or multiple choice questions. When a quiz is due I’ll post a link to it in that week’s class notes. Please be sure to complete the quiz by the due date posted and be sure to hit the “Done” button at the end of the quiz to ensure it is submitted.
Yes, students who are taking a hybrid class are eligible to use the computer lab on the AIR campus.
The final project for this class is to redesign and build a small website. You can choose an existing website of your choice (except I do not allow students to create their own portfolio website). The website must be a business or organization, and not a personal site for you or someone you know.
While a pen tablet, or Wacom tablet, isn’t required for this class, I have several students who prefer using a tablet. I myself don’t use one, but I can see how it would be great to have one.
If you have access to a computer (either Mac or PC), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and a Flash drive (or DropBox or GoogleDrive account for storing files), you have everything you need for this class.
Be sure to watch the “walk-through” video on Tumblr posted in the Class 01 notes. Here is another good resource on how-to use Tumblr. We use Tumblr in this class to post some of your work in this class. My suggestion is to never post anything private on your Tumblr blog and if you do not want search engines to find your Tumblr site you may change this in your settings. Also, if privacy is an issue, I recommend deleting your Tumblr blog at the end of our 8-week class.
GD 66 – Web Design 2
The recommended class textbook HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites should be available at the the SMC bookstore. If not, check with an online retailer like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And of course, you can find a used print copy on Amazon for somewhere around $15.
The companion website for the book is http://htmlandcssbook.com
Grades for all assignments and projects are posted in the eCompanion site for the course. Login to Corsair Connect to find the link to the eCompanion site for the course.
If you want to change your Avatar, create a avatar through Gravatar, and a globally recognized avatar will be associated with your email address. For example, you can create an avatar for your email address and your own custom avatar will appear when you comment on this site.
Many of my students have recommended the following online stores for buying software:
Consider purchasing a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud to have access to all the Creative Suite software. Here’s more information about the Creative Cloud.
Here’s a good article outlining job descriptions for Web/Interactive Careers:
Please take a look at: http://www.everythingaboutweb.com/webinteractive-career-descriptions/
If you’re interested in learning about process and design for mobile Apps, be sure to take Graphic Design 75 – Mobile Design 1. Note, that currently it’s not offered every semester, so keep your eyes out for it. And, it’s not a programming course, so if you’re interested in building mobile Apps, check out the course in the SMC Computer Science program called CS 53A and 53B, iOS Development with Objective-C and/or CS 86, Android Development.