In-Class 3-1: Domain Name Purchase
- Before you decide what you want your domain name to be, read over this article “22 Essential Tips for Choosing the Best Possible Domain Name for a Website (2018)“
- Select a domain name registrar. (I recommend Namecheap.com)
- If you do not have a domain name or topic selected, you can skip this step, and come back to revisit later.
- Go through the purchase process of the selected registrar.
- Don’t forget your registrar or your login to the registrar’s site!
In-Class 3-2: Site Hosting Purchase
- Select a web host to purchase space on. (If you’re redoing site that exists with it’s own domain and hosting, skip this step). I will walk you through this process in class.
- When purchasing your hosting, do select the box for deluxe install, and for WordPress installation. This is the easiest way to get WordPress on your webhost, and it’s not unnecessarily complicated.
- Do not forget your webhost name and your login credentials!!!
In-Class 3-3: Linking Purchased Domain To Hosting Account
If you purchased your domain name from a registrar and your web hosting from a separate service, you will need to link the two so that they “talk”.
- First, go to your domain name registrar and point the nameservers to your new host.
- Next, wait for that change to propagate (up to 24 hours) – check in here: https://www.whatsmydns.net/
- While you’re waiting, look at themes on WordPress.org and/or Themeforest (usually paid). There are many alternative places to look for WP themes – keeping your site’s audience and your content concepts in mind, choose a few good contenders for a theme.
- Once your domain has propagated, link from your web host’s console (ex. Dreamhost), so that you will soon be able to access your WordPress site. Use “How do I add a domain? – DreamHost.pdf” as a guide.
- Check the email (especially the spam folder) that you used to sign up for Dreamhost, and look for an email that says “WordPress Successfully Installed” – there is a link in that email that you will need to use to set your WordPress log in for the first time.
YOUR SITE IS NOW UP AND RUNNING!
3-1: How Bad UX Killed Jenny
Respond to this article by reflecting on your own knowledge and interests to personally do each of the following:
- Get a job. When searching your next job, take a look at a non-profit, government, healthcare, or other “not as glamorous” areas that need our skills. It might not be designing a chat app for teens but it may save their lives.
- Redesign it. If you want a redesign project, many of these interfaces could use a facelift. Find one you think needs improved, design it and send it over.
- Start it up. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for a startup idea, look no further. The healthcare system is stagnant and people are desperate for change. Why not jump in and disrupt the system worth billions?
- Make a sound. Hate the DMV site, did they mix up your medication order, can’t find how to access something? Send them an email, give them a call.
Submit for credit: An answer to items 1-4 above on how you could change the way the Web functions.
3-2: Mike Monteiro: How Designers Destroyed The World
- Watch/listen to How Designers Destroyed The World
- Submit for credit:
- One online experience which has damaged or hurt you (or someone you know) that could have been fixed through better design. (If it’s difficult to talk about, I don’t need all the details, just mention something generic like the type of site it was, e.g. a social network, a dating app, an online forum; and explain what happened that was harmful).
- Explain what kind of solution would have made that damage less impactful or canceled it altogether. (Again, fixing privacy settings, informing users before their changes are made public, etc.)
Designers have a responsibility, not only to themselves and to their clients, but also to the wider world. We are designers because we love to create, but creation without responsibility breeds destruction. Every day, designers all over the world work on projects without giving any thought or consideration to the impact that work has on the world around them. This needs to change.
In this bluntly honest talk, captured live at An Event Apart Orlando Special Edition, Mike Monteiro invites you to consider your responsibilities as a designer and embrace your role as gatekeeper. You’ll learn how to increase your influence and be moved to use your powers for good. This presentation was named 2014 Talk of the Year by Net Magazine.
Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by the New Yorker. He prefers elegant, simple sites with clear language that serve a real need. He prefers that designers have strong spines. Recent clients include The National Audubon Society, Seattle Times, Open Society Foundations, and ProPublica.
Mike writes and speaks frequently about the craft and business of design. In early 2011, he gave a CreativeMornings talk entitled “F— You, Pay Me” that uplifted the downtrodden the world over, and got designers to start minding their business. His 2014 presentation “How Designers Destroyed the World”, about designers and social responsibility, was awarded 2014 Talk of the Year by Net Magazine.
Mike has written two books, both published by A Book Apart. His first book, Design Is a Job, published in 2012, about handling yourself professionally as a designer, is being incorporated as a textbook in design programs across the country. His second book, You’re My Favorite Client, looks at the client/designer relationship from the client’s side, and deals with how to find the right designer, better work with them, and manage their moody selves. Both are delightful and fun to read.
Check out An Event Apart
3-3: Code Academy: Finish CSS Lessons
- CSS Display and Positioning
- CSS Color
- CSS Typography
- Not required, but good for those interested in hand-coding sites: CSS Grid
Submit for credit: the URL to your Code Academy profile
3-4: Watch Lo & Behold, then discuss. (due in 2 weeks)
Watch the film: Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
In Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, the Oscar®-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape.
Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
Answer and submit for credit:
- What do you think is the single moment or segment that you think stick with you the longest?
- There are “unintended consequences” with respect to innovation and inventions – think how air conditioning changed the way we live and even build homes and offices in hot climates.List at least three (3) positive and three negative (3) unintended consequences discussed in this film that are associated with the Internet.
- Answer this: If the internet is a tool, is it a tool like penicillin or a tool like the atom bomb? Why/how?