Designing the Web
Some things to think about:
What are your goals for your website?
Who is your target audience?
Who will be working on your website?
How many developers do you have to manage the site?
How will you create or collect the text and images you'll need for your site?
Will you include multimedia files (eg., movies, music, animation)?
What kind of navigational system will you have for your audience?
How will you accomodate site growth?
Some places to look:
12 Rules of Thumb for Design
Tips, Tricks, How-To, and Beyond

Art and the Zen of Web Sites
 Glass Dog Design
Webpage Design from National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Web Pages that Suck
Web Design Tips
Additionally, a search of google will provide you with many design ideas
Some elements to include:
Backgrounds
Images
Fonts
Bullets and Bars
Your first web design assignment:
Some rhetorical elements that you need to keep in mind

A recent article in the New York Times observes that non-profit organizations have begun to realize the effectiveness of maintaining a web presence. As employees of an environmental non-profit organization we have an opportunity to assist our organization's online initiative.

For this assignment, you will be working as a team to develop an initial website for the organization.
Using colored pencils, drawing paper, and teamwork get together with your group and begin to hash out the basics of your web site. This is a brainstorming session. We will compose the actual sites over the next few weeks.

Goals:
Locate goal of organization
Establish environmental theme
Decide on an audience
Determine initial website size and content


NB: You'll need to keep the questions and rhetorical elements in mind as you and your team begin sketching out the initial site structure.
Your second web design assignment:

The chair of the department has noticed that the departmental webpages are a bit difficult to load and navigate. He is concerned that the pages do not put the department in the best light. As such, he has asked that this class to redesign the site. Some of his concerns are related to keeping, maintaining, and meeting the needs of the audience.

English Department Page

Who is the audience?
What are some of these needs?
How can we recreate the website so that it incorporates all of the needed information and engages with the targeted audience?

Goals:

Locate your audience
Examine the content of the site
Determine how it can be organized for clarity


NB: You'll need to keep the questions and rhetorical elements in mind as you and your team begin sketching out the initial site structure.