Our schedule is a so-called 'living' document, a file that is edited as needed to reflect any current changes. Feel free to download as PDF but do make sure to check for updates regularly.
our main sites
coms & teamwork
design4web - Slack
A popular coms tools for web teams, we've been using Slack for our day-to-day communication as well as important updates and team work for a number of years now. Members are current and former students, teachers and invited guests only.
design4web - Whimsical
This is a handy set of tools which we can use for notes, flowcharts, wireframes and more. We have an educational account with full access. If you'd like to join us, please let us know (email Prisca).
You'll get an invite to our shared workspace which has proven to be a very effective tool for collaboration, to give and receive feedback and discuss details.
design4web - Miro
While Whimsical was more popular last year, Miro offers similar tools and again we have an educational account. We're including it here in case you know and want to use it, or if you'd just like to try it out. Do get in touch (email Prisca) to get an invite.
sharing & caring
"One time" - 1ty.me
A brilliant little tool for safely sending anything: "1ty.me is a simple idea, destroying a note after reading it." ~ right out of the spy movies. Seriously speaking though, it is an excellent way to share sensitive data, encrypted and deleted after the first access.
smallPDF - PDF tools
A brilliant set of tools for file conversions and optimisations ~ use is free with a daily limit. If your presentation slides are heavy and cumbersome, the compression tool will do an excellent job in lightening your file weight without the loss of quality. Highly recommended.
Still one of the most popular services offering the transfer of very heavy files. So if your files are to heavy to email, this will be your best bet. Uploaded files are kept, available to download (as many time as needed) for about a week. Then the link will expire, the files deleted.
While we'll be using the university's offerings, i.e. MS Teams, for our online sessions, we're all for open source and freedom of choice. Jitsi is secure, open source and an excellent alternative. You can use it for impromptu chats, or to record your presentations for delivery or submissions.
- design4web - Slack
These links will lead to the university's intranet where you'll have to log in to gain access. This is only accessible to you as currently enrolled students ~ and yes, sadly you might have to log in more than once ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- moodle our programme's main page on Moodle, inc. module overview.
- MS Teams online sessions, team work and 1-2-1 tutorials.
- MS Stream viewing of recorded sessions in our programme's group.
The year ahead will be exciting and bring its challenges. Maybe all will go swimmingly and you'll happily immerse yourself in your studies. But maybe you're struggling with certain aspects.
Help is at hand ~ please know that you're always welcome to talk to us. In fact, we'd very much encourage you to do so. We are your personal tutors as well as your academic tutors. However, we can only help if you come and talk to us - in person or via digital means. We won't mind ツ
email David • email Prisca
Additionally, there are various ways you can get help elsewhere too. You can ask for student support via uni and student union.
Materials & communications
Core tools you will need
- Firefox — web browser, developer edtion (Win/MacOS/Linux)
- Atom — open source code editor (Win/MacOS/Linux)
- Filezilla — open source FTP client (Win/MacOS/Linux)
- Adobe CC — Students are provided with a subscription to Adobe CC
Helpers to get you started
Online references you should use
- MDN Web Docs
- Codrops CSS Reference
- Mozilla Developer (YouTube channel)
- Kevin Powell (YouTube channel)
Free e-books you should read
- Resilient Web Design by Jeremy Keith
- Designing for the Web by Mark Boulton
- The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero
- Web Style Guide by Patrick J. Lynch & Sarah Horton
Online magazines you should subscribe to
Conference talks you must watch
As part of today's workshop, we'll be doing some polls. All intended to allow us to get to know each other, and for you to make yourself aware of your own habits at this point. Much will change over the coming weeks and months...
What makes a site a good website?