Digital Design: Introduction
Project Published 11/12/13 Last updated on 6/8/17
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
- 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.