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. . . will not take place in the classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to work on your group projects independently. However, you’re always welcome to contact me should you need any help.

Best of luck!

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Intelligent, sensitive, beautiful . . .

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Resources

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Dear students, this one is more of a resource than a tool, but to keep things simple, I’ve included it in the series.

Moby has created a collection of music you can use in your project videos provided you keep things non-profit. The site is called Moby Gratis and is waiting for you here. Let me remind you that for your new media production adventures you can borrow a camera or other toys from Kai Mettler at the IRC.

Alternatively, you could go totally grass roots by using an Internet camera (the one you have for video chat). A simple way to do it would be to sign up for an account at Viddler, record your video by saving it directly on their site, then copy and embed the video on your site.

We already covered embedding media in class, but if you need some help, I’ll be happy to hear from you!

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So far we’ve learned how to feature videos from YouTube and Viddler on your sites. You can expand further the communication palette of your project by embedding PowerPoint presentations as well!

Go to SlideShare.com, sign up for a free acount, upload your presentation, copy the embed code (for wordpress.com), click the HTML text editor tab and paste it. Don’t forget to save your work 😉

Alternatively, you could find something that supports your text from thousands of other user-uploaded presentations and use it on your page or post. This is exactly what I did with the presentation bellow.

Happy embedding!

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Project Time Has Come

Hello everybody,

We’ve already covered the basics you need to enter the all-out development phase of your projects. Hence, there will be no formal lectures next two Thursdays (10th and 17th). Please use this time to efficiently make significant and exciting headway with your projects.

You’re more than welcome to get in touch with your teaching team if you need any type of support during this intensive development period. We will be logging in to your group sites to monitor progress behind the scenes as well.

Best of luck and looking forward to seeing you again in class on April 24!

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seo rapHi folks,

Well, just when I thought we were done for today, I came across this hip hop site design tutorial over at Justin’s Tasty Blog Snack. Following the elements SEO Rapper outlines will be important in the development of your projects.

Some theoretical background before we go into the video:

Q: What is SEO?

A: Here’s a nice simple definition from the folks at SLS Consulting:

Search engine optimization (SEO) – Creating and improving a website so that it will rank high in the search engines and help potential customers or clients find the website.

. . . and the lyrics, that is, tutorial 😉

Design Coding

Your site design is the first thing people see
it should be reflective of you and the industry
easy to look at with a nice navigation
when you can’t find what you want it causes frustration

a clear Call to action to increase the temptation
use appealing graphics they create motivation
if you have animation
use with moderation
cause search engines can’t index the information

display the logos of all your associations
highlight your contact info that’s an obligation
create a clean design you can use some decoration
but to try to prevent any client hesitation

every page that they click should provide and explanation
should be easy to understand like having a conversation
when you design the style go ahead and use your imagination

but make sure you use correct color combinations
do some investigation, look at other organizations
but don’t duplicate or you might face a litigation
design done, congratulations but it’s time to start construction

follow these instructions when you move into production
your photoshop functions then slice that design
do your layout with divs make sure that it’s aligned
please don’t use tables even though they work fine
when it come to indexing they give searches a hard time

make it easy for the spiders to crawl what you provide
remove font type, font color and font size
no background colors, keep your coding real neat

tag your look and feel on a separate style sheet
better results with xml and css
now you making progress, a lil closer to success
describe your doctype so the browser can relate
make sure you do it great or it won’t validate

check in all browsers, I do it directly
gotta make sure that it renders correctly
some use IE, some others use Flock
some use AOL, I use Firefox

title everything including links and images
don’t use italics, use emphasis
don’t use bold, please use strong
if you use bold that’s old and wrong

when you use CSS, you page will load quicker
client satisfied like they eating on a snicker
they stuck on your page like you made it with a sticker
and then they convert now that’s the real kicker
make you a lil richer, your site a lil slicker

design and code right man I hope you get the picture
what I’m telling you is true man it should be a scripture
if it’s built right you’ll be the pick of the litter
everyone will want to follow you like twitter
competition will get bitter and you’ll shine like glitter

if you trying to grow your company will get bigger
design and code right man can you get with it

Photo by b_d_solis

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