WEEK 3 (2/3-2/8)

Lecture (lemasney):

“Unless you are a graphic designer by training (like me!), chances are you’ve never needed to understand things like what separates a TIF from a PDF or a PSD. While the large variety of image formats may seem overwhelming, there is a method to the madness. We’ve put together a useful outline to help you understand the difference between each file format, and when they are appropriate to use.” found in How And When To Use Different Types of Image Files at http://goo.gl/pZn19l

Introduction to Imagery

Demo (lemasney):

Introduction to Photoshop (Adobe)

Resources (self-driven learning):

CSS Layout Tutorials (Continued W3 Schools)

Layout Basics (w3 schools)

Positioning a Block (w3 schools)

Styling the Box (w3 schools)

Working with images and linear elements:

Creating a background image

  • “In this article you will learn about the different large background styles and how to use them. You will also find out about the impact that large backgrounds has on bandwidth and site performance in general. Finally you will learn how to properly implement large backgrounds.” found in Large Website Backgrounds Do’s and Don’ts | Webdesigner Depot at http://goo.gl/KoOk

Adding shapes, lines and patterns

Saving the image for the web

  • Save For Web (Adobe)
  • hint — save your .psd files in the project1_extras folder
  • hint — save your optimized files (.gif, .png, .jpg) into the project1_website folder

Inserting backgrounds into CSS

Code (be able to discuss):

HTML elements CSS selectors CSS properties
<div> id selector (#)
  • width (container 900px)
  • height (do not use)
  • min-height
  • position: relative
  • float
  • border-style
  • border-width
  • border-color
  • outline-style
  • outline-color
  • outline-width
  • margin
  • padding


  • If you add the overflow:hidden property to the containing CSS div element in CSS–the background color will stretch to include floated elements.
  • If you add margin:0px to the header(h1, h2, etc.) and body elements in CSS you will get rid of extra space between elements.
HTML elements CSS selectors CSS properties
  • background-image
  • background-repeat
  • background-position
  • background (optional)


  • New HTML
  • New CSS
  • Photoshop review

“If you’re a designer and you’re not subscribing to RSS feeds, I strongly encourage you to start. RSS, short for “Really Simple Syndication” is a format for delivering regularly changing content (i.e. blogs) to a single user. The old way of browsing the web involved bookmarking and visiting sites whenever you wanted to check for updates. RSS and accompanying RSS readers bring news stories, blog posts, etc. to a central location whenever new content is published. Basically, it does all the hard work for you and gives you a bucket full of content ready for consumption.  For more information on RSS, check out this RSS in plain English video. It provides a great overview and will help get you started.” found in 75 RSS Feeds Every Designer Should Follow: Design Community Connect (Part 2) at http://goo.gl/vWAVP

Due Next Week (2/10):

Discussion Question (answer with a Google Drive Document):


Find a website where you think the text type contributes to the visual design. Describe how the choice of serif/sans serif, font-color, weight, style and type size impact how easy it is to navigate the website and how these choices contribute to the overall message. (Please include a link)

Weekly Assignment (answer with HTML):

3: HTML with CSS & Layout

Add layout elements and style rules to your historical figure wikipedia page.

Content Requirements: (minimum)

  • 1 headline
  • 1 sidebar
  • 3 paragraphs
  • all names of people linked to their wikipedia pages

Technical Requirements: (code from agenda)

  • you must use relative positioning
  • you must have a floating element
  • you must have at least two div elements
  • the width of your main element must be 900px