Monday, January 31, 2011

5 Websites

These are the websites I am trying to base my website off of. They might be random sites but, I like a few of the actions on some of them. I would like to to figure out the code for them.


Sophia Scheer websites

I want my website to be setup like the websites below. I like the idea of a slide show for the main page of the site. I want my website to be filled with pictures and use full information that will attract tourists from around the world.

Ideas for my website

Since I’m interested in publishing, I thought it’d be appropriate if I designed a website designed with book reviews. Just like with movies, a lot of people will read reviews online before going to the show or the bookstore. Here are a few of the websites that are prime examples of what I want my website to be. I put them in order from best to worst design.





Age Level Characteristics

Hi, I am working on a tool for the links task to assist in my Psych Foundations class. Along with photos, I have this clip to share about age level. This is third grade time....

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hey! I'm Caitlin and this is my second semester at SNC and I'm a Junior English major. I'm from Naperville, IL (which is a suburb right outside Chicago) and I absolutely love my home and family. Chicago's great.... But Tahoe's better :) I love the mountains and all the outdoor sports that I've been able to do this past year. This past summer I worked for Vail at their Grand Teton Lodge Company in Wyoming and fell in love with the region. I love dance, skiing, reading, swimming, backpacking and traveling. My life goal is to eventually work for a publishing company and study in New Zealand. I'm not familiar with anything on web design, but I know this information will be a great benefit in the future.

The website I'm going to talk about is


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Resources for class, 1/20

HTML - basic definitions.

A basic HTML intro, from a great web design resource site, W3schools:

HTML elements:

A guide on how to write html using TextEdit (taken from

If you use a Macintosh, you don't need to buy or download an editor to write HTML. You have a perfectly functional editor built into your operating system -- TextEdit.

For many people this is all the HTML editor they will ever need.

There are only a few steps to creating a Web page with TextEdit:

Open TextEdit
Open a Finder window
Switch to the Applications folder
Scroll down to TextEdit and double-click on it

Change the format to plain text
TextEdit defaults to a rich text format, so you need to switch it to plain text to write HTML
Open the Format tab
Choose "Make Plain Text"
You can also hit Shift-Apple-T to switch to plain text

Start writing your HTML
Remember that you need to be more careful than in an actual HTML editor. You won't have elements like tag completion and validation.

Save your HTML to a file
This is the tricky part. TextEdit normally saves files as .txt. But since you're writing HTML, you need to save the file as .html.
Go to the File menu
Choose Save As... (or Shift-Apple-S)
Change the file extension from .txt to .html
A popup will ask you if you want to append the extension ".txt" to the end. Choose "Don't Append"

Opening an html file in TextEdit(from

Go to TextEdit --> Preferences...
and choose "Open and Save". You'll see:

The key is the first option under "When opening a file": you want to check Ignore rich text commands in HTML files. Check that option, then quit TextEdit.

It turns out you can also do this by manually selecting File --> Open..., choosing the file, and also selecting the option in the Open dialog window of "Ignore rich text commands", but since i'm always double-clicking on files or otherwise launching TextEdit, it's a much easier solution to simply fix the preferences and never worry about it again.

Here is a battery of links that may be useful to you in the formatted poem:

Links to CSS text and font info:

The "span" tag (for modifying elements outside of "p" and "header" tags:

Web colors:

Link to CSS examples:

An online resource for getting the text of a poem:

Emily Dickinson, defaced via CSS:

Hi I'm Sophia Scheer, this is my second semester at SNC, and I'm studying Digital Arts and Management. I came to SNC to snowboard and get an education at the same time. Im currently on the snowboard team at SNC. I'm from Ashland , Oregon but grew up in Rincon, Puerto Rico. I Love snowboarding, surfing, art and anything in the outdoors. I'm taking this class to get a better understanding on how to produce and design websites. I want to re-design my dads website, which is a vacation rental The website i will talk about is

Andy Parauka

I am Andy Parauka this is my second year at SNC. I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I love to skateboard and snowboard…all the time. Most of my time growing up I would skate because Michigan is a terrible place to snowboard. So, I pretty much moved out to Tahoe to snowboard and meet new people. But, recently I have started a clothing company and I would like to learn out to create a legit website. The website that I have now is out of date and janky( The website that I am going to talk about in class is

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nick Brunel

I grew up in Incline Village skiing, snowboarding, dirtbiking, skateboarding, etc. I have never really had the notion to move away because of the vast amenities that the Tahoe area has provided me. I do have the urge to travel around the world some more and have already done a fair share's worth in the last decade. I hope to one day get paid to do what I love rather than the current "joe-jobs" that I am currently employed by. I am currently working on getting a scholarship to go to the UK after I graduate to get my Masters Degree in audio engineering. I am also planning to ride my motorcycle around the world after I graduate from SNC.

The website I will be discussing is

Chelsea Christoph

I am a second semester freshman at SNC and my major is Digital Arts & Management. I am originally from Carlsbad, CA (San Diego County) and I spend my summer working at High Cascade Snowboard Camp as a counselor. I enjoy snowboarding, yoga, photography, filming, editing, and knitting. I am excited for this class cause I think that it is going to be fun and something that I am going to enjoy. The website that I am going to talk about is

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nick Cahill's first post

Hey guys and gals, this is my first semester at SNC, I am a transfer student originally born and raised in the Bay Area, Ca. I spent the past 2 years building and racing a race car while going to a community college in my area.

Now that hobby is put on hold while I get the rest of my education done up here in beautiful Lake Tahoe. I got big into photography and filming over this past year due to some injuries and not being able to participate in the activities I loved doing. I tore my ACL and compression fractured my thoracic #2-#7 in my spine, needless to say I am an active person that cant get enough fun. Some of my main hobbies include rock climbing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, racing my car or anything that is active, fun and includes friends or nice people to share the memories with.

I am taking this class because I currently have a website that a friend has been working on for me. Its a huge pain if i want anything changed/added or whatever need be so I would like to learn how to manage it and eventually take over and control it myself.

The website I will talk about is DanCarphotography

Ian Hughes

I am currently in the last semester of my second year at SNC.  I'm originally from Fairfield CA, but moved to Tahoe for high school.  I love to ski in the winter and downhill mountain bike in the summer.  The reason why I am taking this class is to be able to run my own website for the video company I run with my roommate.  We currently have a website up ( but he does most of the work, so I am not to familiar with managing a website.  The website that I will talk about is


A little about me. I love meeting new people in the classroom, I have been at SNC since 1990, I have a 13 year old who knows more about the web than I do. And, I make video for my students. is my site. I like the design as it was constructed by a former student and his class. It also has photos of my transition year 2005. I would like to update the classes on this site. The photos at the top travel too fast and somehow are darker than they used to be. I would like to adapt those.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Welcome to the 2011 SP Web Design class -- Assignment #1

Welcome to the blog for the web design class.

You have a two-part assignment to complete before next class, on Thursday.

Make a post on this blog. You should: a) write a short paragraph about yourself, b) include a picture of yourself, and c) provide a link to a website that you like or visit often. Be prepared, next class, to talk about why you like the website for a presentation of five to ten minutes. Talk about:

1. The design of the site

You should be able to describe the use of:
a) color
b) fonts
c) images
d) the general layout

How do each of these elements serve (or undermine) the purpose and content of the website? What is the emotional or design quality of each of these elements? For instance, a site designed for children might use colors that are bright, vivid, and friendly -- with a font that appears playful or toy-like.

2. The navigation of the site

How it the site organized? How do you get from place to place? Is the content on the site easily accessible? Are there different navigation schemes on different parts of the site, or is it consistent across the site?

3. The functionality of the site -- what the site "does."

Also, if you have a website of you own, post a link to that as well.

And don't forget -- I highly recommend you order the book "Visual Quickstart Guide to Dreamweaver CS5," online.

Finally -- if you'd like to download a copy of the syllabus, it's here: