Web Design DeCal
A 2-unit course for anyone who wants to create a beautiful website.
Week 1
Introduction to Web Design
HTML Basics
Week 2
Web Inspector and Emphasis
HTML Basics II
Week 3
Spacing
CSS Box Model
Week 4
Typography and Images
Moar CSS
Week 5
Positioning
CSS Positioning and Floats
Week 6
Color
HTML5 & CSS3
Week 7
Group Project Presentations
Group Project Presentations
Week 8
User Experience
Introduction to Javascript
Week 9
Prototyping
Introduction to JQuery
Week 10
Responsive Design
Moar JQuery
Week 11
Animations
Deploying Websites & Frameworks
Week 12
Final Project Presentation
Final Project Presentation
Instructors
Frequently Asked Questions
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How is this class graded?
Here's our grading breakdown:
Homework40%
Group Project28%
Final Project32%
You will get a P if you have 70 or higher final grade.
How many absences do we get?
You're allowed a total of 5 absences for the entire course. Every absence over the limit of 5 will result in a loss of 5 points, which is 5% of your course grade.
Is auditing allowed?
Yes, you are welcome to audit the class. Note that your seat is not guaranteed on any given day.
If I'm a graduate student, can I take this class?
Yes, of course!
When and where are classes?
Spring 2018 lectures will be every Monday 5:30-7pm at HP Auditorium and every Thursday 5-6pm in 310 Jacobs.
Can I take this class for a letter grade?
Because this class is a DeCal, you can only take this class on a P/NP basis, where you will get a P if you get 70 or higher.
What's your application criteria?
We mainly decide based on your responses to the Short Answer questions of the application, but we do give slight preference for early applicants, previous applicants, and seniors.
Do I need previous programming experience?
No! We teach you all the basics of everything you will need in this class. In fact, some of the best projects have come from non computer-science majors.
Build a website from the ground up.

The demand for learning web programming is at an all-time high, yet for most it's a question of “where do I start?” The answer is here. As great as online courses are, nothing beats an in-person class with passionate instructors and compelling assignments. No matter what your major is, by the end of the semester, you will have built a website using HTML 5, CSS 3, and Javascript. Along the way, you'll pick up web design philosophies and be able to recreate modern design trends like responsive design, flat UI, and skeumorphism.

Note that this course covers web design only — we will not cover server-side programming like Django and PHP. That said, we consider this far more than a DeCal. Every detail from assignments to each word spoken in lecture is carefully chosen to provide the best possible learning experience. We can't wait to see you in the classroom this Fall.

Workload
2 Units
Time
2.5 hrs
Prerequisites
None!
Design

Each lecture is split into two sections. Design section encourages you to challenge every design decision you've ever seen on webpages. We also love to discuss what makes well-designed sites on Siteinspire (www.siteinspire.com) so fascinating to interact with.

About half of design section is devoted to learning the topic of the day. You'll be amazed how positioning, spacing, and a pinch of Javascript magic can make a plain page gorgeous. Our brilliant Teaching Staff finish each section by guiding the class through an awesome hands-on activity.

Meets
Programming

Programming section is all about rolling up your sleeves and diving into the source code. Get ready to have your mind blown as you finally learn how those crazy 3D transforms happen, or how to make those fullscreen slideshow backgrounds. You'll also fall in love with Google Chrome's Web Inspector, the greatest development tool in history, ever.

Our beloved Teaching Staff do a more code-based hands-on activity to finish off programming section. It's typically awesome, because our Teaching Staff are likewise awesome.

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Group Project Presentation
Final Project Presentation
Ziqi Chen
Hey! My name is Ziqi, and I'm a fourth year studying Computer Science and Business. When I'm not busy doing CS or Haas things, I really love drawing and illustrating, exploring cities, going to art museums, and ordering mimosas at brunch. Front end development and design is the best, in my opinion, and I'm looking forward to showing everyone!
Hi I'm Ryan! I'm a senior cognitive science major from Virginia. My two passions are design and food. My goal in life is to open a trendy fast casual restaurant that is as inviting and aesthetic as it is delicious. I'm super thankful to have the opportunity to teach you all this semester, and am looking forward to helping you create the sites of your dreams!
Ryan Rodriguez
Emily Zhong
Hi! I'm Emily, a sophomore from the Bay Area studying computer science and cognitive science. In my free time, I enjoy working out, eating pho, attempting to take photos, and petting dogs. I'm fascinated by how technology affects people and creates experiences, I can't wait to spread my love for beautifully designed websites, and I'm looking forward to an amazing semester with you all!
Teaching Staff
This class would not be possible without our fantastic staff!
Bradley Chee
Zachary Kirby
Jemma Kwak
Zhuo Lu
Jarrod Schnapper
Lucy Xiao
This class seeks to empower you with:
the confidence to code
the confidence to design
and altogether - the confidence to create.
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