3.29: On Effective Design


Today we took a look at some examples of effectively (and some ineffectively) designed websites, and what made them so.  Here is a list of components that we generated that make up an effectively designed site:

  • Clear, organized design
  • Color scheme (visually friendly, as well as representative of content)
  • Clear Navigation
  • Active, updated content
  • Social Integration
  • Easy to remember URL
  • Memorable branding
  • Browser Compatibility
  • Functionality (live, clickable links to updated content
  • Stock Images and Original Content

On Friday, we’ll have open workshop.

See you then!


3.22: Including A&V in your Multimodal Projects


Creative Commons (Public Domain) Sound Clips: https://www.freesound.org/

App for Recording and Sharing Sounds: https://soundcloud.com/

Web-Based Audio Editing: https://soundation.com/

Open Source Audio Editing: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Open-Source Screen-Capture and Screencast Software: http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html

There is also a plethora of free video editing software available, which could be useful for some of your projects in particular.  I will be looking to them in further depth, but if you are using a video component, most computers come with default software such as Movie Maker and iMovie that are just as effective.

We will not meet on Friday due to the campus being closed.  For Tuesday, you have a small homework assignment:

Select one website that you visit that you consider a favorite, or the easiest to access and use.  Be sure to have the link ready to share in class on Tuesday, as well as keep these questions in mind:

  • Who is the intended audience of the website?
  • What is the intended purpose of the website?
  • What mediums are used? (Sound, image, video, text, etc)
  • How is it visited most (through browser or mobile)?
  • What design elements make it accessible or user-friendly?





Creating and Editing Your Own Images, Easy (and Free)

Good morning everyone,

Today we went over a brief list of free open-sourced software that you can utilize to create and edit your own images for your project.

These will also be added to the Resource page for easy access.

Giphy (Gif Creator) https://giphy.com/

Image Editor (Web Based) https://pixlr.com/editor/

Image Editor (Open Source) http://www.gimp.org/

Search for Public Domain Images http://search.creativecommons.org/

Browse Other Helpful Free/Open Source/Web Based Software: http://ds106.us/handbook/tools/

File Conversion: https://cloudconvert.com/

No class today

Good morning everyone!

I hope you’ve had a rejuvenating break.  I am a feeling a bit under weather today, so unfortunately we will not be meeting in person this morning.  On Friday, I will go over the implementation of images and other visuals as well as give you time to workshop your projects.  Please don’t hesitate to connect with me online if you have any questions!
See you Friday!