Class 1: February 2

Welcome to Interactive design and the internet!

  1. Introductions
  2. Brief history of the web
  3. Demo: Github pages & HTML basics
  4. Exercise: Top 10
  5. Introduce Project 1: Tour

For next week

  1. Read Olia Lialina, Vernacular Web, 2007
  2. Finish your Top 10, and put a link to that on your class website.

Next week, Claire Evans will join us to talk about the history of the internet. If you're curious take a look at:

Class 2: February 9

In class

  1. Guest: Claire L. Evans speaks about the history of the internet.
  2. Web vernacular
  3. Share Top 10
  4. Talk about Protocol

For next week

  1. Read Frank Chimero, The Web’s Grain, 2015
  2. Get an HTML-only version of your tour uploaded to your class site.
  3. Watch CSS basics and read through CSS Basics. As a warmup, style your class site and Top 10.
  4. Find two examples of interesting navigation and add them to Are.na.
Class 3: February 16

In class

  1. In pairs, spend 15min looking through the Navigation Are.na channel. Choose a website you like, and take a closer look. Try to answer the following questions. Each pair will present their site to the rest of the class:
  • Describe the navigation system as specifically as possible: how does it work? Is it the same on every page?
  • What is the primary way to move through the site? Are there any other secondary methods of navigation?
  • As a feature of the website's design, how does the navigation look?
  • How does the navigation affect your experience of using the site?
  1. Browser defaults
  2. Small groups – Share HTML version of the tour

For next week

  1. Read through CSS positioning.
  2. Find two examples of websites with interesting hover states, and add those to our class Are.na channel.

In preparation for our Are.na workshop next week, please do the following:

  1. Read Laurel Schwulst, My website is a shifting house next to a river of knowledge. What could yours be?, 2018
  2. Create an Are.na channel or select a channel from one of these featured channels.
Class 4: February 23

In class

Workshop: Are.na as a CMS with Charles Broskoski

For next week

  1. Read Alexander Galloway, Jodi's Infrastructure, 2016.
  2. Do the exercise Website as.... Take it as an opportunity to reflect on the readings we've done so far and to experiment with online typesetting. I included some links to useful typographic properties with CSS on the exercise page.
  3. Find two examples of interesting typography online, and add those to our class Are.na channel.
  4. If needed, spend some time finishing up your Are.na website, and paste a link to it on your class site. Also link to it in the Are.na channel!
  5. Finally, if you haven't already done so, please fill out this little survey– feedback so far as been helpful.

I'd like to try offering "office hours" for anybody who wants to meet outside of class. This week, on Sunday evening, 8-10pm  EST. Here's a signup sheet for that if you want to touch base. We'll meet in small groups again to talk about the tours on Tuesday.

Class 5: March 2

In class

  1. Coding: Media queries + Responsive design
  2. Small groups: share second version of the tour.

For next week

  1. Finish project 1: The tour.
  2. Read Paul Soulellis, Feed Time, 2019
Class 6: March 16

In class

Review project 1

For next week

  1. Read American Artist, Black Gooey Universe, 2018
  2. Bring in two ideas for your browser extension.
Class 7: March 23

In class

*Optional in-person meetings.

  1. Small groups – Share browser extension ideas
  2. Coding: how to make a browser extension

For next week

  1. Read Legacy Russell and Momtaza Mehri, Glitching the Master’s House: Legacy Russell and Momtaza Mehri in Conversation, 2020
Class 8: March 30

In class

  1. Small groups – project 2 in progress

For next week

  1. Read Ricardo Dominguez, Entr’actions: From Radical Transparency to Radical Translucency, 2015
  2. Finish Project 2
Class 9: April 6

In class

  1. Review project 2

For next week

  1. Read Antonio García Martínez, Inside Cuba's DIY Internet Revolution, 2017
Class 10: April 13

In class

  1. Project 3: Work in progress

For next week

  1. Read Marie Hoejlund, Sharing as Survival: Mindy Seu on the Cyberfeminism Index, 2020
Class 11: April 20

In class

*Optional in-person meetings.

  1. Project 3: Work in progress

For next week

  1. Read Caroline Sinders, In Defense of Useful Art, 2020
Class 12: April 27

In class

  1. Guest: American Artist with Mindy Seu's class
  2. Project 3: Work in progress

For next week

  1. Finish project 3
Class 13: May 4

In class ~~ Last Class !

  1. Review project 3

For next week

Finish all projects and upload to the class site by Wednesday, May 19