Monday, November 16, 2009



This is a terrific link. Thank you. Also remember that fonts sizes are not always equal. 12 pt in one font may look like 10 pt in another font.

Here is a link to a mac extension I have used for a long time. It sits in the upper left hand corner of your menu bar/screen and opens fonts so you can see all hidden characters. This is very helpful for graphic designers.

I also recommend looking at
right hand column: designer cookbook: character codes


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Class Canceled - Thursday 10/29

Class on Thursday, 10/29 is canceled. I'm sick, and am in not good shape to be teaching (or breathing on you all.)

Homework will be posted on the class website sometime tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

recommended tutorials, cheap software for students, etc.

Here are some tutorial sites recommended to me highly:

And another web design site:

Here's the link for college

To buy a Mac - go to Caltech Wired. (the mac is not a burger, pc users.)
Jean, yesterday's class was terrific. Thanks for finally helping me understand how to nest div tags etc. Kathleen

Dummy Text Generator

This handy tool helps you create dummy text for all your layout needs.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Info for Laurel

Laurel, here is some information on upcoming events in Pasadena that might relate to your web page walk project. I can't find any of the walkabout emails I received recently. Sorry. KathleenTT

Art & Architecture in Pasadena: Directions and Controversies Related to the role Pasadena has played in shaping our present and future culture of urbanism, architecture and the arts, the Armory, the Pasadena-Foothill Chapter of the AIA, and Peter Tolkin Architecture are co-sponsoring a series of panel discussions at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Ave., on three consecutive Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The series begins on October 24 with an examination of Pasadena and its various histories of art and architecture. The second panel, on October 31, looks at the visions and plans that continue to shape Pasadena. The third panel, on November 7, discusses possibilities for the city's continued growth and innovation. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Does anyone know how to get set the preferences in Photoshop (or Bridge?) so that when you open Ph Bridge does not automatically open as well. I've looked around and haven't found it yet.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Coincidence? Resizing images at work today--scary

Today I went into work and the job they gave me is resizing images for the web. They are huge 600 mb images, and I have to make them 72 dpi and also, a decent file size, like in K instead of in MB. But everyone here is too busy to help me, and even though we learned that images should be 100K, I am afraid to shrink them to less than what they automatically go to when I save as a jpg, which is about 200-300K. And I see in the Actions panel here, that the previous Photoshopper used Unsharp Mask on the images. Anyway, trial by fire...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

HTML and CSS for Beginner to Advanced. Easy to read.

Hi! I just found this really cool website about HTML and CSS for beginners

It has several easy to understand guides from Beginner to Advanced, and also has HTML and CSS references just in case you need to know more about a TAG or CSS property..

Note: The website will not teach you how to use Dreamweaver, but you can use the software to do the tutorials.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Richard in the lab

What days - times is the lab tech, Richard, in the Computer Lab? Anyone know? He's apparently the only one who knows Dw. (If you're in the lab reading this blog and you see him, maybe you could ask him...) Thanks!

Invites Sent!

I've sent out the invites to all the students, so you can sign up as an author for this blog.

Be sure to check your junk mail folder, since that's probably where the invite will end up!

When you post to the blog, be sure to use the "Labels" field at the bottom of the main posting window. Add keywords that will help people figure out what the post is about. For example, if you have a question about attaching a stylesheet in Dreamweaver, you could add the labels "question,DW, CSS, attaching styles".

Looking forward to seeing your posts!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Welcome to the class blog

This blog is intended to give us a place to share information, pass along links to cool websites, and most importantly, for all of you to ask (and answer) questions about building websites.

  • If you have a technical question (about HTML, or CSS, or how to do something in Dreamweaver), then post your question to the blog.  The other students can give you help, or tips to solve your problem.
  • If you find a cool website - with fun content, or great tutorials, or fantastic design - post a link so we can all check it out!
  • If you solved a problem or came up with a unique approach to a homework assignment, then post it so other students can learn from you.

Each student is responsible for checking the blog several times a week, and posting something (an answer, a new post, some kind of useful contribution).  If you can help a student with a question, post a comment to their post with your suggestions.  Extra credit will go to students who post useful suggestions, tips and solutions to other students' questions.

This is your community!  Make it fun, make it useful, and make it work!  :)