Tuesday, February 7th

Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
Mr. Cronin
Mr. Moore


  • Doors locked immediately after school as normal for Tuesdays.
  • CTE Open House is this Saturday from 10-2.  The first hour is an Unreal Engine Workshop, and then 11-2 is “normal” Open House where you get to check out the programs, etc.  Tell good people to come visit.  Mat, Haley, and Soren will be acting as class ambassadors on Saturday.  I have promised to buy them as many free hotdogs as they want as tribute for coming in and working with us.
  • Quiz Friday!
  • Readjusted schedule this morning due to visitors.  If you have Visitors that session you get extra credit and don’t have to do that specific Pass Fail.  
    • Visitors First Session (9:35 – 10:05)
      • Haley (as yours flaked on Monday)
      • Goodman
    • Visitors Second Session (10:35 – 11:05)
      • I don’t think we have any second session, but we must be ever vigilant.
  • Afternoons this week are going to be building single page html documents to practice and learn more about css.  Tuesday starts out serious with Martin Luther King Jr. and his “I have a Dream” speech, and Friday ends with the Presidents Speech from Indepence Day.  Lot’s of good visuals to pull from, serious and fun.
  • Late work graded!  Students missing work I will see in Homework Club tomorrow afternoon. (Or of course get me the work…)

9:40 Attendance

9:45 Tuesday Illustrator Morning Pass Fail

Matt Gonzalez is the Webmaster at Winnoski School District.  He is also on our Cawd Advisory Board and was a student in Cawd back in the day.

Matt is the student in the yellow shirt center frame.  See that guy in the back middle, that is out of focus?  That is Mr. Moore’s older brother when he was in Cawd as a junior.

In response to much of the ongoing political drama about immigrants and refugees, Winooski wanted to post an image to show solidarity with the immigrant population.  In fact, you see the same image right across the hall.  The problem is that it is pixelated as it wasn’t saved correctly.  So there were two options for Matt and his  project:

  1. Print pixelated work which would anger the Designer in him.  Each time he saw it he would die a little, and mutter under his breath something about “It isn’t rocket science to save files correctly….” End up yelling at a cafeteria worker, start a scene, get on the news.  Mugshots.
  2. Reach out to Cawd to fix it.

Obviously, he reached out to Cawd.  This is a perfect example of client work that may show up on your desk.

Here is what he sent us.

He requested for us to replicate in Illustrator as he knows we can quickly.  He wants an illustrator illustration so he can scale it (as it is vector based) to any size he needs.

Your pass fail this morning is to replicate the image above (without text) as accurately as you can.

A new tool that may be valuable to you is the width tool for lines.  After created edit your lines to get a nice pressure sensitive look.

Start with a hew 8.5 X 11 document in Illustrator.

When complete raise your hand and I will check you off.

You have the rest of the AM until 10:45 to work on Cawd related work:

  • Late work turned in – earn your freedom tomorrow afternoon.
  • Study for the quiz.
  • Work on something Cawd / Cawd English related.

10:10 Break (15 Minutes)

10:25 Work on Pass / Fail

10:45 Morning Web Content

  • A little class reset on some of the work that I see in class.
    • We need to get away from copy and pasted templates, frameworks, and other content you just copied from the internet.  There is nothing that angers employees and advisory board members more than students / employees that don’t really know the ins and outs of code, and just copy paste.  With that being said, going forward I am going to give no credit to content which isn’t fully coded by you the designer / developer.  I am not coming at the class full of rage about this, but we do need to focus on what WE know and can code.  Does this mean we may have more basic work initially?  Yes, and that is 100% OK and you can earn the “A” doing the basics.  
  • CSS – What does it stand for.
  • Best practice organization.

Some resources we are going to utilize:

12:00 Lunch (30 Minutes)

12:30 Attendance and Article

12:35 Quiet Production Time

12:45 Tuesday Afternoon Web Design Exercise:  I have a Dream Speech

In the spirit of African American History Month we are going to do a project this morning on Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech”.

Your project will include:

  • Work in a center channel div 1200 pixels wide with a solid color background.  Centered.
  • A background image from Subtle Patterns.
  • In the center channel div I want to be able to read the speech.  Find, copy paste, and format appropriately with title, verses, etc.  This will include paragraphs, headings, sub headings, etc.
  • At the bottom (still in the center channel) I want to see a Youtube video of the speech embedded in the site.
  • Include an image of MLK at the top under the headings which introduce the page.  This image should be no more than say 600 pixels in size.
  • Use a Google Font appropriate for the theme in your headings.  Keep the default font for all other copy other than headings.
  • (No citations necessary).

Validate code before you turn in.  Invalid code is a maximum of a D.

Create a folder called “mlk” inside Week 22.  Your html file will be named “index.html” so it auto loads in this folder.

2:00 Dailies


2:05 Dismissal

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