Create User Interfaces- Class 5

Inspired by photos by emlyn and clarita from morgueFile.com

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Today’s Class

  • Talking about inspirations
  • Web Design – Photoshop Workshop (in class)

Talking about Inspiration

While you are a student you should be able to experiment as much as you can. I mean, you should claim your right to experiment in your work. Rather than always going for a conservative option.

On the other hand you never want to stop searching for inspiration in the work of others and in society, the built environment and nature in general.

As you could see with the first assessment – taking close-up photos can lead to unexpected results. Objects never look the same on screen as they do on the floor or in real life.

Close-up at Fed Square, Federico Viola 2013

Close-up at Fed Square, Federico Viola 2013, Found at p.ic

Some inspirations you will simply find in the artwork and design work of current practitioners and past masters. For current designers you want to look at sites and magazines such as Computer Arts and Computer Arts Projects, Mashable,  Design Envy and Dzineblog are just a few inspiring resources.

This week’s Visual Design Component Class covered links and some descriptions of some styles and movements that I relate to very much:

  • Swiss International Style
  • Constructivism (often called Russian Constructivism)
  • Vietnames Propaganda Poster
  • Photomontage

I highly recommend reading up on each and particularly looking at examples of the works. It is good to find out what stylistic choices each movement made and what ideas were big in their days.

Swiss International Style - Joseph Müller-Brockmann - Beethoven - found at www.designhistory.com

Swiss International Style – Joseph Müller-Brockmann – Beethoven Concert Poster – found at http://www.designhistory.com

Contemporary design in style of Construcitvism by Teo Brito found at LauraGreen92 - click image for more information and link to her blog

Contemporary design in style of Constructivism by Teo Brito found at LauraGreen92 – click image for more information and link to her WordPress blog

It is fine to be inspired by other artist’s and designer’s work. Actually, you should look for greatness in other works and reference their works. This is done by paying a tribute to the original artist in form of a homage.

Experimental Photomontage by Robert Heinecken

Experimental Photomontage by Robert Heinecken

Web Design – Photoshop Workshop

In-class workshop. We will continue to apply the grid system to a website design. This time we will apply the grid to a gallery. The design will depend on your choices of layout and number of thumbnails that you want to feature.

Screenshot - applying 960 Grid 12 Col layout from 960 Grid System

Screenshot – In-class Tutorial: Applying 960 Grid 12 Col layout from 960 Grid System

  1. Access the 960 Grid System site: http://960.gs/ and download their 960 Grid System Templates by pressing the ‘Big ol’ Download Button’. This will start the download of a comprehensive folder by Nathan Smith with 960 Grid System templates and plug-ins for Photoshop, DreamWeaver and many other programs.
  2. In template>Photoshop open the 960_grid_12_col template
  3. Save the file under a new name and in your class folder.
  4. Make sure the guides are visible (Command+; or Ctrl+;)
  5. Add horizontal guides (View>New Guide) at 245px, 255px, 265px, 500px, 510px, 520px, 755px, 765px, 775px and 1010px. Lock your guides (View>Lock Guides or Alt+Ctrl+;) These guides will make it easier to arrange your content and to allow for 10px margins.

    Setting the grid up.

    Setting the grid up.

  6. Use the M (Rectangular Marquee) Tool to create spaces for a banner, text content, image content and a menu. Fill the spaces with colour (Shift+F5). Place each on individual layers. Name the layers (banner, text content, etc)
  7. Place images (File>Place). Make sure that they are located on top of the layers with the colourboxes.
  8. Create Clipping Masks: make sure the banner image sits on top of the banner layer (with the colour space). Have only the layer with the image selected and right click on the active layer (beside the name of the layer) and click on Create Clipping Mask. Your image should take on the dimensions of the layer  below. – Alternatively you could use the short cut Ctrl+Alt+G (Cmd+Alt+G).

    Concept for Gallery Screnshot

    Concept for Gallery Screenshot

The 960_grid_12_col template is based on 12 columns. You can then place your text and images over 1, 2, 3 or more columns. The grid system allows you to organise your website in a visually pleasing way.

EDSS – Class 5

Based on photo by dhester from morgueFile.com

Based on photo by dhester from morgueFile.com

Link to all EDSS classes     Class 1     Class2     Class3     Class 4     Class 6

EDSS is a combination of Create an Extensible Document (ICPMM491D) and Create an Extensible Style Sheet (ICPMM492D). This class is a cluster of the two units, that will be delivered together.

Overview

In today’s class you will learn about DTD.

We will have a Guest Speaker.

Today’s Class

Revisiting some aspects of last week’s class, here is an example of the tree structure of an XML document:

Tree Structure of XML Document - from W3Schools

Tree Structure of XML Document – from W3Schools

The image above represents one book in the XML below:

XML document

The root element in the example is <bookstore>. All <book> elements in the document are contained within <bookstore>.

The <book> element has 4 children: <title>,< author>, <year>, <price>.

More on XML Tree

DTD

Use the DTD section on W3Schools to 1.research and 2.document the points below.

Please document your DTD research by  answering all questions in the document:>Class 5 – DTD Documentation. Upload the completed document to MyKangan!

List of Questions/ Tasks

These questions can be found in the attached Word File.

  1. What does DTD stand for and what is the purpose of a DTD or why would you use it?  Link: W3Schools – DTD Link2: W3Schools DTD Intro
  2. List an example for a DTD – the syntax!
  3. What is an internal DTD? Same link as above.
  4. Give an example of an internal DTD, use the correct syntax. Same link as above.
  5. Describe external DTD! Cover how it is linked through a DOCTYPE definition. Same link as above.
  6. Create a DOCTYPE definition for a DTD called Message. See example at same link as above.
  7. Give an example of an element declaration. Link: W3Schools – DTD Elements
  8. Give an example of an element declaration with parsed character data. Same link as above.
  9. Give an example of an element declaration with any content. Same link as above.
  10. Give an example of an element declaration declaring one occurrence of an element. Call the element process and the occurence contingency. Same link as above.
  11. Give an example of an element declaration declaring minimum one occurrence of an element. Call the element process and the occurence contingency. Same link as above.
  12. Give examples for
    • declaring zero or one occurance
    • declaring either/or content
    • declaring mixed content

W3Schools > We will use W3Schools when learning about the Markup languages.

Guest Speaker

Michael Ball is the manager of SSR at Kangan. He will provide an inside into his work and share his hands-on experience and methods of Operational Planning. As announced – this talk has been scheduled in for Operational Planning.

Please take notes and use the information for your assessment task.

Note: Your comments and feedback are as always welcome. Please leave additional information for other users. Thanks!