The MIT Guide to Teaching Web Site Design
Most books on Web design focus on the appearance of the finished product and pay little attention to the ideas and processes involved in intelligent interactive design. This book is based on the premise that the principles that have defined good communication design in the past apply equally well to the Web. The basic process is one of defining the purpose, audience, and style appropriate to one's objectives. Another premise is that effective Web site design is an inherently collaborative process requiring not only technical skills but more traditional written and oral communication skills. Hence, this book stresses a social, process-oriented approach both to design and to classroom instruction.
The book covers all aspects of teaching Web design, from optimal class size and classroom configuration to peer reviews of completed projects. It is written in an accessible style and uses many examples from the Web design course taught by the authors at MIT.
About the Authors
Edward Barrett is Senior Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT.
Deborah A. Levinson, a
graduate of the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic
Studies, is a design lead at Art Technology Group,
Suzana Lisanti is Director of Web Publishing
Services at the Massachusetts Institute of
—Douglas Morgenstern, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, MIT