Adobe Education
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Digital Design: Introduction

Project Published 11/12/13 Last updated on 3/2/20
Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design is a one-semester, project-based curriculum that teaches digital communication skills in the context of the professional web design and development process, using Adobe web tools. Digital Design develops four key skill areas:
  • Project management and collaboration
  • Design
  • Research and communication
  • Professional web-authoring tools
Students develop these key skills in a spiral—each project adds more challenging skills onto the foundation proficiencies.
Digital Design addresses each of these areas, using a project-based approach. Each project has phases that follow a design and development process, from project planning to evaluation and launch. To simulate a professional work environment, students gradually migrate their design work from an individual process to a group process. Design and technical work by its very nature is iterative, so the projects contain activities that require students to evaluate and then redesign and rework their communications. Specific attention has been paid to developing concepts and principles for thorough, effective design.
Age Levels
Custom Standards
ACA Dreamweaver
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor
Adobe Dreamweaver CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Fireworks CS6, Adobe Illustrator CC
CC License
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Roberta Peña De Silvestri

Posted on 3/19/20 10:49:50 AM Permalink

​Good resources. Thank you.

Wendy Turrentine

Posted on 7/22/19 4:00:56 PM Permalink

​Great reminder for resources that are available.

Scott Mason

Posted on 7/16/19 8:29:49 PM Permalink

​Wonderful resources. Thank you.

Ma. Mercedes Buendia

Posted on 6/19/19 6:33:22 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing!

Chris Cooney

Posted on 5/26/19 9:01:43 PM Permalink

​Great resources. Thank you for sharing!

Jason Reagin

Posted on 4/9/19 11:44:47 PM Permalink

​Great resources!

Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 4/3/19 3:01:26 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing

Carly Manhart

Posted on 3/21/19 4:46:57 AM Permalink

​Wow these are great!

Aaron Kapala

Posted on 3/20/19 9:22:41 PM Permalink

​These are great, thank you

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/26/18 4:46:45 AM Permalink

​Thanks for Sharing

Mohamed Moolla

Posted on 12/21/18 3:54:07 PM Permalink

​Great outline modules. Would be fantastic for me to use as a template

Craig Daalmeijer-Power

Posted on 10/11/18 5:57:59 AM Permalink

Well organised curriculum - will be sharing with my colleagues.​

Paul Cifone

Posted on 6/5/18 12:21:59 AM Permalink

​This is very helpful!!

Freddy Torres Vega

Posted on 2/15/18 4:23:02 PM Permalink

​Impressive curriculum structure, thank you!

Steve Huisman

Posted on 11/20/17 9:50:55 PM Permalink

​It looks as a well organised curriculum indeed.
I will introduce this to e few of my collegues.

Donald Paradise

Posted on 7/25/17 3:33:00 PM Permalink

​Great set of curriculum instructions that can be utilized effectively in the classroom.

I enjoyed the depth of the content and the pathway to learning it uses to teach the students good design.

Adobe Education

Posted on 7/27/17 5:46:20 PM Permalink

Thanks for the nice feedback Donald. If you, or anyone else reading this comment, uses the curriculum in the next school year, let us know how it goes and what you and your students liked and didn't like. ​Thanks!

Vicki Felkel

Posted on 4/26/17 1:58:29 PM Permalink

​I like how the units are broken down and the sequencing of the materials. It's something I have struggled with in the past.

Serra Coruh

Posted on 9/24/16 5:31:33 PM Permalink

​I was impressed with this curriculum.

Claude Filimenti

Posted on 4/29/16 2:54:16 PM Permalink

Again, I am impressed with this well designed plan. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth Morgan

Posted on 1/17/16 2:38:47 AM Permalink

I am looking for the actual lessons/files that go with this. The link shared below doesn't work. Thanks.

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/19/16 6:34:35 PM Permalink

marcia blanco

Posted on 2/15/16 9:34:36 PM Permalink

I get a 404 when I go to the link for the entire curriculum. Can you please check again?

Adobe Education

Posted on 2/16/16 3:35:47 PM Permalink

Shenol Ali

Posted on 11/17/15 7:31:32 PM Permalink

Awesome planning, thanks for sharing this

Gail Morris-MacDonald

Posted on 11/5/15 11:47:23 AM Permalink

Fantastic planning, thanks for sharing

Salheddine Boumaraf

Posted on 10/10/15 11:25:14 AM Permalink

Nice introduction, thanks.

Candie Witherspoon

Posted on 8/22/15 5:10:00 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this awesome resource.

Rusty Bryson

Posted on 6/19/15 12:28:55 PM Permalink

Great resources for these classes! Awesome! This is a great outline to help with the scope and sequencing of the lessons!

Darcus Whitley

Posted on 11/13/14 12:27:14 AM Permalink

Thank you. I am teaching all three Adobe Careers next semester. This will help.

gustavo Amezquita

Posted on 9/27/14 3:24:11 PM Permalink

Good lesson thanks

dawn lauterbach

Posted on 9/3/14 6:43:36 PM Permalink

I'm confused. .I read the pdf above which gives me an idea of what the curriculum is about...Where is the actual curriculum/lessons?

thx! I'm just starting CS6 after a long, comfortable relationship with MX2004!

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/4/14 2:52:47 PM Permalink

Regina Poethke

Posted on 10/12/14 11:26:50 PM Permalink

Hi - I tried to use the above links and this is what happened. Please let me know how to proceed. THANKS!

Adobe Education

Posted on 10/14/14 5:41:55 PM Permalink

Barbara Clark

Posted on 9/3/14 4:47:06 PM Permalink

Looks like a good lesson plan. Thank you.

Jody Campbell

Posted on 8/16/14 9:03:38 PM Permalink

I'm not a web guy but here goes...

Jessica Kemnitz

Posted on 8/9/14 8:42:30 PM Permalink

Any advice on the "widget browser?" Seems like it's no longer available/supported, but the plans state that students will need access to the widget browser to complete the project. Considering this is less than a year old, this seems amazingly outdated... We're using CS6 and do not have plans to upgrade for at least a year.

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/14/14 2:57:41 AM Permalink

Hi Jessica,

Indeed, in Dreamweaver CC the widget browser is no longer supported. The new version of the curriculum actually doesn't do a project reliant on the widget browser, and the new project 1 is now web design basics. Since you are still working in CS6 our apologies that the widget browser is no longer available. The new Digital Design Creative Cloud project should work in place of the Digital Design CS6 widget project since students now are creating a simple web page. We hope this helps you solve this problem. If not we'd love to hear your ideas to further improve our curriculum.

The AEE Team.

Jessica Kemnitz

Posted on 8/16/14 1:03:08 AM Permalink

This looks great, and honestly a better unit than working with widget- for my class.

Sheila Pope

Posted on 6/14/14 8:19:32 PM Permalink

I love having a blue print!!!!

Mats Soderberg

Posted on 5/20/14 6:39:32 PM Permalink

Excellent resources!

thank you

Jaime Ball

Posted on 3/5/14 12:55:30 AM Permalink

Can someone tell me if there is a download link that will download all the materials and files at one time, like the older versions of this curriculum. At least being able to download by unit would be helpful, but having to download each and every file separately is daunting, and makes me dependent on an internet connection to reach classroom materials if I don't download everything ahead of time. I am sure there has to be a link, but I just haven't found it yet. Thank you, Id appreciate any guidance. -Jaime

Adobe Education

Posted on 3/5/14 4:21:38 AM Permalink

Hi Jamie....It's great to hear you like the new curriculum! At the moment you do need to download each piece separately. But, we're working on a putting together the full curriculum in one file, which will be part of a larger feature rollout that will help make the Adobe curriculum content more customizable. Stay tuned...

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/16/14 2:47:02 AM Permalink

Robert McHugh

Posted on 1/25/14 12:45:44 AM Permalink

Excellent resources!! Thank you.

Lyndall Stols

Posted on 1/23/14 9:33:47 AM Permalink

Hi There,

Can I ask why the cirriculum for Digital Design CC was cut down from a year to a semester?

Many Thanks


Adobe Education

Posted on 1/23/14 3:11:41 PM Permalink

We decided to take the Flash Professional projects that previously were in Digital Design and put them in a new Interactive Design curriculum. We did this because we found that educators were not necessarily teaching Dreamweaver and Flash in the same course anymore and that with the changing focus of Flash towards animation and game design and development, it didn't make sense to keep it connected to web design and development content with Dreamweaver. We would have had a Digital Design curriculum with two halves that were not that well connected. So, we felt that breaking them apart would make them more usable and flexible for educators. This way, you could choose to only teach the web design content and not have to do the work of pulling that out yourself. Or you can easily teach both the Digital Design and the Interactive Design curriculums for a full year's worth of content (assuming 1 hour per day of instruction time).

Hope this makes sense. Let us know if you have more questions.

belinda bell

Posted on 12/8/13 2:47:53 PM Permalink

WOW, great resource for Teachers! Thank you Adobe! Can't wait to really get into it!

Marc Boucher

Posted on 11/12/13 8:52:06 PM Permalink


I can download the file and like what I read but why we can't register to received information each week, like other course?

Adobe Education

Posted on 11/13/13 2:28:56 PM Permalink

Hi Marc - perhaps you misunderstand this resource. This is not a course for you to enroll in, this is a curriculum for you to use in your classroom as a teaching resource with your students.