Tuesday, January 31, 2017

References for Tuesday, 1/31


The "href" tag:


The "img" tag:


Aligning images with CSS:


Here's a downloadable zipped file with css and an image to play with:


Here's a paragraph from a story we'll be talking about today -- and creating some hyperlinks with, today or Thursday, as well:

I said out loud: I must flee. I sat up noiselessly, in a useless perfection of silence, as if Madden were already lying in wait for me. Something--perhaps the mere vain ostentation of proving my resources were nil--made me look through my pockets. I found what I knew I would find. The American watch, the nickel chain and the square coin, the key ring with the incriminating useless keys to Runeberg's apartment, the notebook, a letter which I resolved to destroy immediately (and which I did not destroy), a crown, two shillings and a few pence, the red and blue pencil, the handkerchief, the revolver with one bullet. Absurdly, I took it in my hand and weighed it in order to inspire courage within myself. Vaguely I thought that a pistol report can be heard at a great distance. In ten minutes my plan was perfected. The telephone book listed the name of the only person capable of transmitting the message; he lived in a suburb of Fenton, less than a half hour's train ride away.

Here's the wikipedia page for the story, which contains a link to the full text of it.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Homework for Tuesday

For next Tuesday's class, you will have been given a "fake news" story to read. I want you to read the link, and after reading it, make a written list of questions you would ask, and people you would contact to verify or debunk the story – pretend you're a journalist or fact-checker assigned to verify the story. Print out that list.

Then, I want you to research the story online (each of these stories has already been reported on by other news organizations), and write a two-page paper on what your conclusion is – whether you think the story is, indeed, fake news, or whether it holds up. Explain why you came to that conclusion, and cite your sources. I'll want to present your conclusions in class.


Jewish family removes child from Hempfield school amid backlash over 'Christmas Carol' cancellation

Ben, Austin, Jesse, Brittany, Stephanie

Experts Urge Clinton Campaign to Challenge Election Results in 3 Swing States (election results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania believed to be hacked) http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/activists-urge-hillary-clinton-to-challenge-election-results.html

Jamie, Raquel, Bekah, Banyan


Trump protests intensify, as doubts swirl about spontaneity (right-click on the link to open in a new window - for some reason it doesn't want to load on a simple click)

Parker, Joris, Kyly

Trump claims he won the popular vote (three links - )  https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/802972944532209664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw 

Cited studies


Mariah, Shawnie, Sheri, Hannah

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Heyy there! I'm Madeleine. I believe life is all about taking chances and meeting new people, experiencing new things, and having your perceptions altered. Sarcasm basically just spills out of mouth and I tend to laugh at my own jokes. People are typically shocked I don't consume enormous amounts of coffee, you'll understand when you get to know me. I am a total neat freak, but please don't tell my mom. She either won't believe you or worse, I'll get stuck cleaning when I go home. I enjoy baking in my free time and have strongly considered auditioning for Cake Boss. I live for embarrassing karaoke nights and costume parties. Which of course makes Halloween my favorite day of the year....I mean week.

There is me, dressed up as myself, "Madeleine" standing next to a very unhappy Mulan.

A website I use often and feel is well designed is gmail.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Video to start class

found this over the weekend, and I was a huge fan of the office. Just thought it was funny, and related to my B-Law class where I found out Jeff session is our new attorney general.

A little intro

Hey! I'm Shawnie Personius i am a double major between Fine Arts and Marketing here at SNC. I transferred over last year from Northern California on a scholarship to be the studio manager/ lab tech for the ceramics and sculpture studio here. I mostly work in ceramics, metals, projection and poetry. I love living a creative life, but i love being surrounded by a creative community even more. On a typical day you'd find me running around the studio with a coffee in my hand. I love adventure, travel, and laughing. I'm originally from Minnesota, but do not have an accent so please don't ask me to say "bag" or "don't ya know".  Eventually i would like to start my own company. But really i'm just on a quest for sustainable happiness.

One of my favorite sites besides pinterest ( already mentioned) is YouTube. Personally because its a great tool for quick learning and music videos.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hi my name is Joris Grintalis. I moved here to Tahoe from Maryland, but my family is originally from Lithuania. I am in love with skiing and I am a member of the freeski team. Besides my obsessive love for skiing I enjoy photography, videography, and video editing. In the summer time you can find me running from mountain to mountain as I found a love for hiking this past summer.

My favourite website to visit would have to be newschoolers.com

References for Thursday, 1/19

Please download this html editor:


HTML - basic definitions.

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


HTML elements:


Here is a battery of links that may be useful to you in the formatted poem, our first html-based assignment:

I want you to take a poem or song lyrics, and use text formatting to "design" the text in ways that emphasize properties of the poem/song (for instance, if there is a line that's very angry, perhaps the font is larger and red for that section). I want you to use at least six different text properties (color, font face, size, alignment, etc.) in the course of the poem/song.

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 (scroll down for text and font properties):


An online resource for getting the text of a poem:


And here, below, is some basic html text styling code – utilizing inline CSS – that I thought might be helpful as a "base file" for you to build your poem out of. Hopefully it gives an idea of some basic text-styling syntax (I'll break it down in class):

Download it here.
Hello there! I am Raquel Ferrari, a senior studying Marketing and graduating in May! 🎉 

Me with my boyfriend and our dogs,
Norman and Rusty.
I currently live in Reno, NV, but am originally from Menlo Park, CA. I work at my mom's fly fishing lodge in Northern California where we have 3 horses, 3 miniature donkeys, 1 miniature cow, 3 dogs, and 9 cats. Oh, and a lot of guests to take care of each week. 

My favorite things are fly fishing, my dogs, animals, trying new things, and traveling.

A website I visit often is Netflix

A website I have made is John Fochetti Fly Fishing, which will be published in the next few days!

Hi My name is Banyan Claussen.
I am a senior here at Sierra Nevada College. I came from Silver City, New Mexico to study Digital Arts and Marketing. I love the outdoors. I enjoy snowboarding, rock climbing and mountain biking. I also have a passion for art. Photography has opened my eyes to so many wondrous places. More recently, I have taken a liking to drawing and intend to hone my skills as an artist.

Hi, I am Sheri. I am from Santa Rosa, California. I transferred from Sonoma State University. I am a Marketing major and hope to do some work with non-profits.
facebook.comI enjoy using Facebook. It is very user friendly and I enjoy staying updated with friends and family.

Introducing Myself

Hello! I am Jamie Wanzek, a senior studying New Media Journalism. I am on the freestyle ski team and the managing editor for the Eagle's Eye.  I am from Durango, Colorado.
I like writing. I like photography. And I love the combination of writing and photography to share stories, conquer curiosities and reveal truth. I also like language– Spanish especially.
I am a big fan of a constantly changing horizon– whether it's an adventure in my backyard or across the ocean.
I also really enjoy sliding on the snow with my skis and swimming in Lake Tahoe.
A website I enjoy going to is a magazine from the U.K. http://ohcomely.co.uk/

Introducing Myself

My name is Mariah Hartley, I'm a transfer student from Lake Tahoe Community College studying Art, though my primary focus in my personal art has been digital illustration. I plan to eventually open an organization that focuses on Art and Companion/Animal Therapy for teens and young adults.

A picture I made of Sugilite from Steven Universe.

Currently I work as an art instructor at the Martis Camp Family Barn, a large gated community that gives me the ability to work with children and encourage them to be creative! I also run two pages on DeviantArt, one for prints that I sell at anime and comic conventions, and another for my own personal art!
Convention Specific: http://trivialcreations.deviantart.com/
Personal: http://hidan-rox-666.deviantart.com/

Introducing Myself

Hi, my name is Austin Below and I am from Oakland, California. After taking a semester off, I am officially back at Sierra Nevada College. I decided to come back and get my marketing degree in hopes to apply the knowledge I learn to my current company.


I currently run a company called Unison Streetwear. It is a clothing brand and a passion that I have been working and studying on for the past 4 years. I just started to post recently on my website called unisonstreetwear.com. Here is a link to a website I like to visit very often: www.youtube.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Introducing Myself

Hey Class!

My name is Brittany Williamson, and I'm from Coos Bay, OR. I'm currently a junior here at SNC and I'm majoring in Biology. I plan on attending medical school after graduation. I was on the Freeride Snowboard Team at Mt. Bachelor (Bend, OR) for the last nine years, and now I'm on the SNC Snowboard Team. I've always enjoyed being outside, whether I'm snowboarding, rafting, dirt biking, or hiking. Although, I do have a creative side and I like to make projects off of Pinterest. I find a lot of articles that Forbes posts to be very interesting, here's the link  http://www.forbes.com/.

Introducing Myself

Greetings, my name is Kyly. I am from New Hampshire and I transferred to SNC from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. I've been a vegetarian since the womb, I practice yoga daily, and I've driven across the country three times. I believe in minimalism and hope to be self sustaining in my future. I am passionate about photography, cooking, nature, traveling, and music! I am a modest online user... but I am working on selling some of my handmade goods on Etsy.com
Glacier National Park 16'

Hello there I'm Ben Merrill.

You may call me Benji, Benos, Benihana, etc...

 I grew up in Seattle Washington, and I am a senior here at SNC. For those of you that are not aware we are currently having by far the best winter in 4 years. I am on the freestyle ski team and skiing continues to be a strong passion and outlet of expression for me. I work as a Lab monitor here, and I am an intern at Teton Gravity Research. I like avocados almost as much as puppies- and I really like puppies. A website I found is http://world.time.com/timelapse/ which shows how our world is changing overtime.

Env Sci Ecology and Sustainability

I'm Aaron
(Can you guess this image?)
       I was Born and raised here in Incline Village. I'm on the lookout for a new paradise somewhere 👀 if that's possible because this place is getting too crowded and polluted for me. I love everything science, nature, and sustainability. Interested in most other things.
      I'm taking Web Design in my last semester because I have already spent much of my life DYI-ing all kinds of computer stuff and it made sense to audit the class to pick up a few things and keep it fresh in mind going forward.

  • Grabyourwallet is an interesting website because someone threw it together as part of a larger divestment movement that is happening right now. Positive change has to come from the ground up. People need to realize where their money is going to these forces that are threatening our lives.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day is a cool website for astronomy related photography and phenomenon.
  • Earth Nullschool is a cool website to check out the weather.
Hi, I'm Parker. I was born and raised in Modesto, CA. I transferred to SNC last semester to play on the golf team. I love to be in/by the water, whether it's the lake, a river, or ocean. I'm all about trying new foods and traveling to new places. A website I visit often is Pinterest,  it's a great site to find inspiration for home projects or new beauty tips. 


My name is Sam Conaway and I am a marketing major. I grew up in Las Vegas and came to SNC on a academic/ cross country scholarship. I recently decided to quit the team and I spend most days at the gym instead of running. My favorite color is tiffany blue and my favorite type of music is country. My absolute favorite website is AmazonI probably use Amazon at least once a week because Tahoe has limited shopping and I have a high demand for different  products.

Introduction: Stephanie Coates

Hi! I'm Steph. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and transferred to SNC in Spring '15. I'm studying Journalism and ODAL and am graduating this May. My goal for the future is to have a location-independent career and work as a freelancer (whether it's through writing, photography, web design, consulting, social media marketing, etc.) so I can live, work, and travel where I want, whenever I want. I have a phobia of 9-5 desk jobs.

I'm passionate about health and wellness, nutrition, anything outdoor adventure-related, and social psychology. My favorite things to do include hiking, cooking, and spending time with nice people.

A website I frequently visit is Zen Habits. I like the simple, uncluttered design and the content is great for anyone interested in health and wellness.

Introductions: Jesse Aguilar

Hi i'm Jesse. I'm from San Jose, California and I transferred here as a sophomore last semester. I am majoring in Digital Arts & Entrepreneurship and I hope to learn a lot here at SNC. I really enjoy taking business classes alongside digital arts because I feel that it will help me stand out, after graduation, when looking for a job. After I graduate I plan to move back to the bay area and work as a digital artist.

Rooftops - somewhere in SF - St. Patty's Day '16 

Aside from art, my other passion is in cycling; dirt jumping, mountain biking, BMX racing, DH racing, dual slalom, road. One of my all time favorite websites is pinkbike.com It is essentially an eBay, Facebook, youtube & news source all on one site for the biking community.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chris Lanier - introducing myself

I'm Chris. I teach this class.

My favorite color is black. Favorite hip hop right now is MF Doom.

A website I go to is Shadowplay.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome - Spring 2017

Welcome to the blog for the web design class.

You have a two-part assignment to complete before next class, this coming 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. Write and print out an outline, which you will hand in on Thursday's class (this is not a full paper, but an outline you can refer to in your presentation). 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.

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


Finally, finally - the youtube "clip of the day" times two:

Links for today: