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
CSS Box Model
Week 4
Typography and Images
Moar CSS
Week 5
CSS Positioning and Floats
Week 6
Week 7
Group Project Presentations
Group Project Presentations
Week 8
User Experience
Introduction to Javascript
Week 9
Introduction to JQuery
Week 10
Responsive Design
Moar JQuery
Week 11
Deploying Websites & Frameworks
Week 12
Final Project Presentation
Final Project Presentation
Frequently Asked Questions
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If I cannot attend part of the lecture or lab, can I still take this class?
No, we would not recommend applying. Important announcements and content are presented at the beginning of class and missed material will begin to add up.
How is this class graded?
Here's our grading breakdown:
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 3 absences for the entire course. Every absence over the limit of 3 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?
Fall 2018 lectures will be every Tuesday 6:30–7:30pm and every Thursday 6:30–8pm 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 skeuomorphism.

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.

2 Units
2.5 hrs

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.


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
Hi! I’m Jemma and I’m a third year studying Psychology and Design Innovation. I’m fascinated by the intersection of art and technology. I fell in love with design when I took this class (initially thinking I’d major in CS), and I hope you will, too! I genuinely think WDD is one of the best decals on campus, and I’m so excited to be teaching you how to build a beautiful websites from scratch!
Hi, I'm Seth! I'm a junior studying Computer Science with some interest in technical theater. When I'm not busy, I enjoy imagining & developing interactive experiences, besides exploring places, getting food, finding inspirations in (musical) theater, etc. I'm excited to be working with y'all this semester while exploring the evolving possibilities of the web.
Seth Lu
Brenda Zhang
Hey! I'm Brenda, a senior from the Bay Area studying Cognitive Science and minoring in CS. In my free time, I enjoy coding up random bots and apps, eating anything and everything, writing poetry, and playing the piano badly. I have a passion for people and tech, and creating beautiful websites for beautiful users is the best of both worlds! I can't wait to teach you about the thing I'm most passionate about!
Teaching Staff
This class would not be possible without our fantastic staff!
Avery Chung-Melino
Daniel Ho
Emily Zhong
Jarrod Schnapper
Linus Lee
Myles Domingo
Zachary Kirby
Ziqi Chen
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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