Category Archives: Web Design 12

Article: Vancouver facing shortfall of talent to fill tech jobs (Vancouver Sun)

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Vancouver will have more than 15,500 tech job openings between now and 2019, a recent report shows, which will intensify an already competitive job market that has companies fighting to attract new talent and keep employees from heading south of the border.  Continue reading

Web Design 12: Marketing Campaign

For this project, you and your partner will create and launch an online marketing campaign for a new satiric product of your choice. The product may be an ordinary item used in an unconventional way (e.g. rubber bands for finger workouts) or a comedic new invention that no reasonable person would buy (e.g. EZ Butter). Be fun and creative.

The marketing campaign will include four major components:

  • a prototype of your product (choice of physical or digital)
  • a business plan for prospective investors (Prezi)
  • a supporting website with social media extensions (Dreamweaver with Facebook, etc.)
  • a 3-5 minute infomercial (YouTube)

Each part will be later discussed in further details.

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Article: Programming for Scientists and Engineers (ACM)

An excerpt from the article Why Scientists and Engineers Must Learn Programming by Phillip Guo on BLOG@CACM:

Over the past few years, many scientists and engineers have ranted to me about how furious they are that nobody made them learn programming back in high school or college. They now realize how much more productive they could be at work if they had developed those skills earlier.

Based on these conversations, I’ve come up with three reasons why scientists and engineers must learn programming:

  1. You can work 10 times faster by writing computer programs to automate tedious tasks (such as data cleaning and integration) that you would otherwise need to do by hand. If you know how to program, computer-related tasks that used to take you a week to finish will now take only a few hours. Continue reading

Web Design 12: Principles of Web Design


“Good typography is invisible. Bad typography is everywhere.” This is a famous piece by London-based designer Craig Ward. How does this apply to our course?

Not only does this concept apply to typography but also to many areas of visual art and design–including web design. We often notice poorly designed websites when we see them because they pop out; however, nicely designed websites often go unnoticed or are taken for granted. This phenomenon occurs partly because we rarely critically analyze web design.

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Web Design 12: Top Websites

Imagine that you and your partner have been assigned to create a multimedia presentation for your boss but you two live in different cities. This is no longer an uncommon practice due to globalization in the workplace. Synchronous communication between two parties is made easier with chat clients (Google Chat, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Continue reading