In the current digital culture, output is viewed as products and clients are users. Products might be websites, apps or wiki’s that are consumed on a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, desktops and TV’s.
This course introduces the design theory and practice, along with the development tools, techniques, and technologies to build digital products. Topics include: designing PDF interactive forms, publishing online portfolios, publishing blogs, implementing Wiki content production, and publishing for reflowable ePubs, html, swf, iBooks, tablet applications, and interactive PDF’s.
The instructor will assume that students have already taken the InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop courses and are familiar with importing graphics, formatting text, using paragraph styles, object styles, and using layers since these skills are required for designing digital products in this course.
All instruction is instructor-led, face-to-face and may be delivered in three formats:
- In Class - all classes are taught in a classroom lab.
- Online - all classes are taught synchronously in real-time.
- Blended - delivery is both in a classroom lab and synchronously online, alternating weekly.
It is the students responsibility to carefully read the course section content below to know which delivery options are available for the course they are registering into.
- Registrations within 24 hours of course start time must be made by phone (403-220-2988).
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Course Level Learning Outcomes
- Create digital products using design and development best practices
- Design responsive digital products viewable on multiple devices
- Modify and test designs to meet end user expectations
- Publish digital products to the web
- Critique and evaluate digital product designs
Topics of Instruction
- Using color, visual imagery and typography for digital product design
- The design process
- The elements and principles of design
- Using the adjustment layers to edit photographs
- Introduction to information design and data visualization
- Designing web graphics for digital media
- Portfolio Design
- Service design for designers
- Designing for social media
- Interactive Design
- Multimedia Design & Production Techniques
- Designing Prezi Presentations
- Digital marketing design techniques
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Recommendations and Requirements
Courses are 30 hours and are scheduled to be completed in either 5 weeks or 10 weeks. Generally, 5 week courses have two classes per week, and 10 week courses have one class per week.
Courses may be delivered in class, online, or blended (both in class and online). All delivery formats will use Desire2Learn (D2L) and Adobe Connect Meeting (ACM) tools to varying degrees and it is the students responsibility to ensure they are comfortable with these tools prior to the start of the first class.
Students are encouraged to read Student Online Learning Resources to determine the delivery format that will best meet their learning needs.
- Students familiar with D2L and ACM from previous course work, require no further introduction to these learning tools.
- Students who register into an in class only course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take the necessary time to fully explore these learning tools prior to the start of class.
- Students who register into an online or blended course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online.
For online and blended delivery, students should have access to their own computer with required software, Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors). Students should test their environment prior to the start of class to ensure everything is working properly.
Students will need access to software outside the classroom lab to enable work on assignments, projects, and other course work.
It is strongly recommended that students attend every class. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate potential absenteeism to the instructor.
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