Web Design Training

 About this Lesson

Elizabeth Stephens
Assistant Professor
Print and Digital Journalism
Missouri School of Journalism
University of Missouri

The Internet is a powerful tool for finding and sharing information. The barriers to entry are low, and anyone can set up a website even if he or she is not familiar with HTML, CSS or JavaScript. Whether you are building a site from scratch or utilizing a template from a service, such as WordPress, there are some guiding principles for making your site easy to use and visually appealing.

What you will learn

After completing this unit, you should be able to:

  • Plan a site that considers a user’s needs.
  • Understand the importance of white space and establishing visual hierarchy.
  • Understand some best practices for incorporating ads.

How the lesson works

First of all, this is an asynchronous lesson unit, which means no live events are scheduled for this lesson. You can complete learning activities at your own pace whenever is convenient for you. Despite the asynchronous nature, the learning tasks are organized to help you succeed.

To be successful in this unit, please complete the following tasks:

• Watch the lecture.
• Take the quiz to test your own understanding.  This will help you to strengthen the concepts you just learned.
Optional: Due to the amount of content to be covered in a single unit, we encourage you read these additional resources. Some of the quiz questions might come from the readings in Additional Resources section.

Watch the Lecture



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 Take the Quiz


Direction: Some of the questions might from the readings in Additional Resources below


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Lesson Resources

Lecture Script: Download it here

Printable Quiz: Web Design

ASNE Classroom Resources

Lessons: Web Design

Additional Resources

Steve Krug: “Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba and Matt Ellis, Fast Company Design: “Why White Space is Crucial to UX Design

Multiple topics and authors, A List Apart: “Explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.

Matt Doyle, “Responsive Web Design Demystified

Alex Remington, Reynolds Journalism Institute: “How do we improve online news design to help readers better understand stories?

Brian Leonard: “Teaching CSS

Luke Wroblewski: “There is no fold

Damian Wielgosik: “How to Code in HTML5 and CSS3” (free e-book)

Information Architects: “Web Design is 95% Typography


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