Professor    Lauren Meranda


Meetings    Tuesday, Thursday, 8:00am–10:50 pm

Course Description

This course will cover visual communication for web and digital media technology. It will begin with understanding site structure and mapping. Students will plan, design, and produce finished websites and other multi media projects. The student will gain a greater understanding of site maps, site navigation, menus, buttons and web graphics for the end goal of intelligent, intuitive, and beautiful web products.


You will not receive a grade for each individual assignment but instead assessed on your process and on the final body of work you produce, such that you demonstrate:

an understanding of fundamental design concepts

thoughtful and original responses to assignments

effectiveness and depth of process

active participation in critiques and discussions

care in craft and presentation

You will receive a preliminary midterm grade to help you assess your performance. Final grades are weighted 60% on completed work, 20% on process (consistency of effort and exploration), 20% on class participation.

Off-Campus Learning

We will plan at least one studio tour or other off-campus event during the semester. These events will be scheduled outside of class time based on the most accessible times available for the full class. Though NOT required for completion of the course, this is a unique opportunity, and participation is highly recommended. I hope this will also demonstrate some of the diverse possibilities a career in design affords. We will discuss dates and times to schedule during the first few class sessions.


Attendance at all class meetings is required. A sign-in sheet will circulate for ten minutes at the beginning of each class. If you do not sign-in during this period you will be not allowed to do so later. You will be marked late if you arrive after the start of class. Two late arrivals is equal to one absence. More than two absences will impact your grade negatively, and more than three absences are grounds for an F. Please note: No distinction will be made between excused and unexcused absences. You are responsible for maintaining your own schedule.

Late Work

All assignments are due on the date indicated on the course schedule. Late work will be marked down one grade for each day past the due date, e.g. an A exercise turned in after 1pm but within 24 hours will receive an A-. If you foresee a potential conflict, then see Prof. Meranda; with sufficient notice, it might be possible to arrange an alternative schedule.


You are responsible for readings from the required books as well as the material posted on the class blog. The reading assignments for each week are listed on the course schedule and should be completed before class.


Students can use the lab computers or their own laptop computers with the required software in class and for completion of course assignments. If you don’t already, make sure to get a USB jump drive or external hard-drive. ALL hard drives (internal and external) eventually fail, so file safety cannot be guaranteed on ANY computer. Always back up your files. Loss or damage of data or files is NOT an acceptable explanation for late or missing assignments.

Your files are your responsibility!

Required Software

Adobe Photoshop CS 6+

Adobe DreamWeaver CS 6+

Sublime Text 2 (free text editor)

Students must have access to the internet and Judson email accounts to use the class blog for posting assignments and feedback. Please make sure you can access the internet from our classroom as soon as possible to avoid any delays.

You will also need to purchase a URL and hosting for your own site. You may want to go in on hosting with a classmate to reduce costs. URLs run about $15 and hosting can cost anywhere from $6-10/month. You will need this for our second assignment.

Required Books

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites, By Jon Duckett

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 3rd Edition, By Steve Krug


You are expected to conduct yourself courteously and professionally. Time spent in the classroom will be dedicated to presentation, discussion, and self-directed work time. Any other activities or behavior not conducive to our coursework will NOT be tolerated. Prohibited activities during class time include use of cell phones for talking or texting, surfing the web or social media for unrelated purposes, private conversations amongst students, rude or insulting language or behavior, and any other form of distraction from the tasks at hand.

We have a lot of exciting work to do, and our time together is valuable. Let’s make the most of it.

Office Hours

Students are responsible for scheduling any desired one-on-one meetings for before or after class at least one day in advance of the desired meeting time. My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am–12:00 pm.


Judson University is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist students with disabilities in reaching their academic potential. If you have a disability which may impact your performance, attendance, or grades in this class and are requesting accommodations, you must contact Gineen Vargas, ADAA Compliance Coordinator in the Student Success Center, located in the Lindner Tower—2nd floor at 847-628-1556.

The ADAA Compliance Coordinator is responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Accommodations will not be granted prior to receipt of a current  licensed clinician report outlining the disability, possible limitations and reasonable accommodations in order to meet the needs of the post-secondary coursework. Accommodations are never provided retroactively – prior to finalization of the Letter of Accommodation. Gineen will be happy to meet with you to discuss your accommodations. All discussions will remain confidential.

Further information is available by visiting the Student Success Center website

The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus should the need arise.

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