Kyle Harms received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis. Under the supervision of Dr. Caitlin L. Kelleher, he investigated leveraging completion problems to help enable middle school students to learn computer programming independently. He has completed and published research on a variety of topics relating to young learners and learning how to code, both through structured programs and through self-taught methods. His software work is available on the novice programming environment, Looking Glass, and the open source program github.
In this course, you will employ visual design practices and principles to create attractive, functional websites styled with CSS. Through a thorough investigation of the CSS box model, you are introduced to concepts such as padding, margin, whitespace, and element sizing. These concepts are then given the context of visual design principles to help you make layout and design choices that are user-centric and functional. You will then practice the layout design process to create sketches and wireframes of your designs. With plans in place, you will then write CSS to implement the design to effectively style and layout HTML elements accurately. Finally, you will go a step further to ensure this design is flexible and responsive on the many devices that could be used to visit your site.
It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed Framing Front-End Web Development, Structuring Content with HTML, and Styling Web Content with CSS or have equivalent experience.
- Evaluate and apply visual design principles concerning layout and composition
- Utilize the layout design process to create sketches and wireframes
- Create designs based on your target audience's needs and constraints
- Translate designs into CSS that layout HTML elements accurately
- Responsive Design/CSS
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Aspiring web developers, web designers, and UX designers
- Backend programmers who need front-end skills to become full-stack developers
- Self-taught web programmers