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WRA 210 February 15, 2011

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  3. 3. TODAY<br />Module 1 grades (coming soon!)<br />Web designer vs. web developer<br />Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! <br />Behold the parade of modules! <br />Homework for next class<br />Exit question<br />
  4. 4. QUICK REMINDER<br />Remember that Danielle Devoss will be here next class to observe my teaching. <br />It’s no big deal, but I wanted to make sure you knew why someone was here. Please don’t let her presence make you uncomfortable. <br />
  5. 5. TALKING CAREERS<br />As you no doubt noticed as you did your module research, there are a number of potential jobs for people in web design. One of the things that we need to establish, at the offset, is the difference between web design and web development. These are key terms you will encounter. <br />
  6. 6. WEB DESIGN<br />Web design is what we are discussing in class/the sort of work we’re doing. It’s also the area where a student with a PW degree would feel more at home. <br />Web designers work on design elements (I know, obvious, right?). They require HTML and CSS skills, some attention to Java, some work with Flash, etc. Their concern is with document design, color, generating graphics and aesthetics. <br />
  7. 7. WEB DEVELOPMENT<br />Web developers work more specifically with code (not as much in the HTML sense, but HTML, too). They build and maintain databases, create applications to present audio and video, design animation, innovate in other machine-based work. Developers are not concerned with the graphical user interface unless they do both jobs; they are concerned with the nuts and bolts. <br />
  8. 8. WHY THAT MATTERS<br />It is important to realize that the skillsets for those two types of positions are VERY different. While this one class won’t make you a web designer, it will introduce you to the field and set you on the path. A PW grad would be well suited for a web design job.If you want to be a web developer, you would need a background in computer science. <br />
  9. 9. SOME PEOPLE<br />Have both skillsets and do both jobs (often in a combined position with a smaller business or as a coordinator at a larger firm). This type of worker is in demand, but there is a stigma that these sorts of web workers are the “jack of all trade, master of none,” so top flight jobs tend to illustrate specialization in a specific skill (for example, a web designer that is a flash animator) <br />
  10. 10. WEB DESIGNER JOBS<br />I wanted to literally grab a few web design jobs to start us off by looking at the descriptions. <br />
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  17. 17. RECURRING<br />As you can see, certain motifs recur: 1) HTML skills<br />2) Familiarity with software (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Frontpage, Microsoft Office, InDesign, Illustrator)<br />3) Experience is desirable4) Understanding of web architecture<br />5) Design skills (think art) <br />
  18. 18. I posted your modules, as links, on my Tumblr<br />
  19. 19. LET’S TALK<br />So you’ve done some research, and you’ve put together your modules. We’ve talked a little bit about jobs.<br />What questions do you have? Let’s chat.<br />
  20. 20. Homework<br />For next class, you have the following readings: <br />Read for class: Color Meanings, Expert Color Choices, Color Theory, look around and read some of Color Matters and play a little with Color Scheme Designer.<br />I also want you to come to class with a website you feel is solid other than having made bad color choices. Have a link handy so you can open it in class. <br />
  21. 21. TWEET! <br />We’re also going to move the due date of Module 3 to February 24th since we had some slow-down doing Module 2. Check the schedule for adjustments<br />Your twitter exit question for today is this: What more would you like to know about potential web design jobs? <br />

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