Posts Tagged ‘Web Design Foundations’

Give us an H: HTML music video featured in the Manchester Evening News

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Give me an H

We are excited to be featured in the Manchester Evening News about the HTML music video created by @mariaprohyena.

This video promoting the Web Design Foundations Course taught by Chris Mills has gained an impressive amount of attention, including some remixes. We are happy to see MadLab’s fame as a place for realising ideas, however crazy they are, spread. The article called “Give us an H: ‘Geeks’ create hit song and video spelling out what HTML computer language means” gives a bit more background information about the creative output of MadLab’s geeks.

Thanks again for everyone who took part in creating this hit. Big thanks to @samscam for the music and @DeShannon for the choreography and Hanna, Sarah and @paddysteer for knowing the moves.

The next course: Web design foundations 2: HTML Basics is on in a week on Monday, the 23rd of April. The second part teaches all the HTML you’ll need to make your way into web design and development with confidence! From text to tables, and links to images, this course has it all. It is a perfect possibility in getting started with creating your own identity on the web.

Book your place here.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, here it is:

HTML remix buzz

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

When we made a music video to promote the Web Design Foundations course run by Chris Mills, we never expected to have such positive feedback. Lately some remixes of Sam’s (@samscam) original song have started to pop up and we would like to share them with you.

What are you waiting for, start creating your own space on the web!

Upcoming courses

Web Design Foundations 2: HTML Basics 23rd April and 30th April (6pm-9pm)
Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics 14th May and 21st May (6pm-9pm)
Web Design Foundations 4: Advanced CSS and HTML topics 11th June and 18th June (6pm-9:30pm)

Here is one by the David Edmundson-Bird @groovegenerator:

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Now is the time for Web Design Foundations

Saturday, March 31st, 2012
Web Design Foundation Course

Are you a creative who wants to know the basics of the web? Do you run a not for profit agency and want to take control of your website? Have you ever thought about putting up your own website to show yourself, your creation or products but thought it to be too complicated?

Absolutely anyone can learn the basics of web design and get their own stage for expression and communication online. Creatives from all fields can benefit from gaining control of their own space on the web. No need to worry if you are not a webwizz, we will take from the basics of the Internet to the more advanced topics of HTML and CSS. All you need is a bit of spare time, enthusiasm and basic computer literacy.

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Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Web Design Foundation 3

Title: Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics
Location: MadLab
Description: A four-part modular Omniversity course aimed at anyone who wants to learn about how the web works.
Date: 14-05-2012 and 21-05-2012
Start Time: 18.00
End Time: 21.00
Booking: Here







Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics

This course looks in detail at Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the language used to add styling and layout to your HTML content. In this session you will learn fundamental CSS theory such as the box model, the cascade and specificity, how to effectively style your paragraphs, lists, tables, forms, navigation menus and other content, and the basics of layouts using floats and positioning. This session also covers some CSS3 features: shadows, border radius, CSS3 selectors and more.

What you need to be familiar with

The Web Design Foundations course assumes no knowledge beyond basic competency with computers, and a familiarity with using the Web. It is suitable for beginners. If you want to start the course part way through, you should understand the contents of the previous sessions first.

If you are a complete novice, please look into Web Design Foundations 1: Introduction to the Web, and web design or Web Design Foundation 2: HTML Basics

The course is also suitable for those with previous web development experience who want to update their skillset to modern best practices.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Yourself. Refreshments will be provided.
  • A laptop of some kind. Mac, Windows or Linux is fine.
  • A decent text editor (recommendations listed in sign-up document below)

Costs and times

£100 for the full course.
You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes we write on a USB stick.

This course is broken up into two Monday evenings (14th and 21st May) for three hours per workshop.

To prepare for the course…
More information – Web Design Foundations 3: CSS Basics

Web Design Foundations 4: Advanced CSS and HTML topics

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Web Design Foundation 4

Location: MadLab
Description: Web Design Foundations is a four-part modular course aimed at anyone who wants to learn about how the web works.
Date: 11-06-2012 and 18-06-2012
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Sign up here








Advanced CSS and HTML topics takes HTML and CSS further. We’re looking at a range of subjects including multi-column layouts, cross-browser issues, CSS sprites, faux columns, optimizing layouts for different devices such as mobile phones, CSS3 transitions, transforms and animation – and more.

One of the key areas we’re looking at is the exciting area of HTML5. It has new elements like <audio> <video> and <canvas> allowing you to create multi-media in HTML, reducing the size of a website. It’s better for the new generation of smart phones, iPads and tablets as it’s not dependent on plug-ins or installations, and this means you don’t have to rely on Flash – creating a more dynamic site.

What you need to be familiar with

The Web Design Foundations course assumes no knowledge beyond basic competency with computers and a familiarity with using the web, so it is suitable for beginners. If you want to start the course part-way through however, you should understand the contents of the previous sessions first.

If you are a complete novice, please look into Web Design Foundations 1: Introduction to the Web, and web design or Web Design Foundation 2: HTML Basics or Web Design Foundation 3: CSS Basics

The course is also suitable for those with previous web development experience who want to update their skillset to modern best practices.

Equipment you’ll need

Note: You can use an expensive web creator tool like Dreamweaver, should you have one installed. But expect to use it to edit code, not drag and drop.

Costs and times

The course costs £100 and consists of two workshops, each lasting three hours, taking place on Monday evenings.

Suggested preparatory work

  • Install the software described above on your laptop
  • Bring some text and images you’d like to put on a web page. It could be your CV, a short story you’ve written, information on your favourite band, pictures of your family or your favourite band, etc.
  • Start reading up on web development. A good place to start for beginners is the Opera web standards curriculum

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of several CSS3 features
  • An understanding of HTML5 Semantics, video and forms
  • A thirst to explore further, and experiment with modern technologies

Web Design Foundations is a four-part modular course aimed at anyone who wants to learn about how the web works from the very basic beginnings and be taken step by step, in a friendly informal style, up to the point where they know how to build a basic modern best practices web site and put it online. This includes a bit of theory, but it largely focuses on getting your hands dirty with code (such as HTML and CSS), and learning how it REALLY works.

Further information
Course syllabus for Web Design Foundations 4: Advanced HTML and CSS Basics