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George L. Dillon
ENGL 382
Seattle Campus

Writing for the Web

Writing substantial web essays on topics of current concern, Extensive analysis and criticism of on-line essays. Prerequisite: ENGL 282.

Class description

Texts: Laura Franz, Typographic Web Design: How to think like a typographer in HTML and CSS. Wiley, 2011. (Required) David Kadavy, Design Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty, Wiley, 2011 (Recommended)

The course will focus on the design of web pages to achieve various “looks” as well as some of the newer HTML5 functionalities. We will work on reading source and stylesheets of exemplary pages and will emulate and modify them. We will introduce some basic Javascript, mostly via jquery modules, and will use the HTML 5 syntax to include visual and audio clips.

The course assumes some familiarity with HTML and the web. If you have ANY idea what the previous paragraph is talking about, you will be ok. If not, the course will be a scramble to catch up. The prerequisite can be waived for the self-taught and for other compelling cases. (contact dillon@uw.edu).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lecture and supervised lab work

Recommended preparation

Some familiarity with HTML--or intro course such as DXARTS 200, CSE 190M/154, INFO 343

Class assignments and grading

Daily 'Lessons' from textbook--substantial miniprojects.

Pages written must validate according to DOCTYPE selected, should be well-designed for usability, aesthetically pleasing, use the devices under study. Also be spelled correctly and have a point to make.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by George L. Dillon
Date: 09/11/2012