assignment 1
personal course home page



For this assignment, you'll create a single Web page that will act as your personal home page for this course.

It will serve to introduce yourself to me and your classmates--both verbally and visually--and to provide links to all your class projects and exercises, as well as to external Web sites that you would like to collect for yourself and your classmates. We will continue to add to, improve and revisit these pages during the semester.

Rather than just a page of information, try to think of this page as your virtual living room for entertaining and helping people from the class.


required content

Your Personal Course Home Page should include:

  • your name
  • your major and year
  • a main image or graphic, possibly included in a banner at the top of the page
  • a "mailto" link containing your e-mail address
  • two or three items of recent news, accomplishments, trips you've taken, etc. with relevant links if you can think of them
  • a list of software that you're confident using
  • a section of links to your various course projects (use project names, not numbers)
  • a separate section for links to your course exercises (use exercise titles)
  • several links to Web sites that you both like and think are helpful to look at in terms of Web design (with a couple of sentences microcontent for each saying what your classmates should look for in the design when they follow the link)
  • other items, information, content or statements you think might be helpful or interesting to your classmates links to other pages that you may add later to your Personal Course Home Page (these should be done as text without hyperlinking, with (coming soon) after the link-text (a.k.a., the "anchor")


what makes this project interesting

This project gives you practice incorporating a variety of information like that above into a single Web page that is both usable and personal.

Think of this page as both expressing your tastes, interests, and experiences while also serving the needs of your professor and classmates. The living room analogy is apt: this page should be comfortable for your intended guests, but also a place where you can live.

In designing the page, you should also consider

  • where the various kinds of information should appear in the page
  • layout: for example, near the top (important) or toward the bottom (less important)
  • how to make optimal use of screen real estate
  • how related information can be grouped, and the groupings made distinct from one another (use of proximity)
  • the degree of "texture" you can give the page (the sense of voice, an individualizing look and feel)
  • how big or small the textual information should be,
    what should be "visualized" with an image or not
  • what design elements (images, colors, fonts, page layouts) you might repeat in subsequent pages of this site (if and when you make them) to unify and "brand" them as constituting the same "place"
  • how you might use the Web-design tools of font, size, color, headings, white space, menus, bullets, etc. to distinguish one kind of information from another and to create a sense of order, flow and proportion on the page
  • the degree you can design the page without non-content pixels (bars, clip art, visible table borders, etc.)