Monday, May 8th

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


  • Welcome to Week 33!
  • Meetings, meetings everywhere.  This week (so far) Cawd will be having meetings in the classroom:
  • We are going to continue to do Portfolio Lite edits this week around school work.  It took drastically longer than I had anticipated!  It has to be done, it is what it is.  I am going to offer an article comment/read of extra credit to students who work with me before / after school when you are round to edit these write ups.  I just want them done!  Here is an example from McCann:

9:40 Attendance and Article

9:45 Design Homework 33 | Personal Branding 10>2

Design Homework 33 will be taking your 10 concept art logos and bringing them down to the final two.

Chose your two favorites, that you would be most comfortable taking to production, and drawn them next to each other on the next page of your sketchbook.  Fill as much space as you can without having them touch, yes incorporate some negative space, but create them large.

Sign and date, due 1 week from today.

** Next week after I grade I the class will be giving their input (with little sticky notes) on which they prefer to go into digital production.  Listen or not, but it will be good to get outside your own mind and see what other humans think.

Put your Design Homeworks (10 pieces of concept art) on the back table!

I will grade at lunch.

Afternoon Introduction

One introduction to rule them all.

VT Arts Study Guide

  • Show me the Passpharse -> Move onto Site Maintenance.

Site Maintenance

  • No meetings – just too much to do.  If questions on your Worker Trait grade from last week, I am happy to talk with you about it.
  • Certification Extra Credit has been added to your Grade as an extra project.  Extra Extra Credit for Associate Level students.

10:45 Break (15 Minutes)

11:00 English with Mr. Bisson

  • Be back at 11am sharp.
  • Give Mr. Bisson your attention and respect.

12:00 Lunch (30 Minutes)

12:30 Attendance and Article

12:35 Quiet Production Time

12:45 Week 33 Afternoon Independent Learning Focus – Bootstrap


Bootstrap is a front-end framework.  It is a collection of templates and helper files which have already been setup for Web Designers and Developers to put into rapid production for clients.  It is based in html5, css, and Javascript – just like we have been doing in class, but is some of the heavy-lifting has already been setup so you don’t need to reinvent the wheel for each and every client.

Independent Learning and Grit.

This week is about learning Boostrap on your own.  A key component to our industry is that things change.  New techniques come out, old ones are retired.  In order for you to be successful in the design industry you not only are going to have to accept this, you are going to have to embrace it.

Do you want to know what is one of the best things about the Cawd-industry?  It is always changing.

Do you want to know what the worst things about the Cawd-industry? It is always changing.  Sometimes I think, “Man I should have become a geometry teacher where the content hasn’t changed for thousands of years“, but then I realize I would be pretty bored.  I would have an easier job, but it wouldn’t be interesting.

Due to this continual change, you are going to have to be able to learn on your own. Self-motivated, self-sufficient humans are always going to be in demand.  Humans who can’t think on their own, who must be told everything step by step, will be flipping burgers or digging ditches soon enough.

The ideas of student grit, and ability to persevere through setbacks is big in education right now, and the next couple weeks are going to focus on moving you from the kiddie side of the pool with Mr. Cronin, to the deep end.

At some point I can do this to you:

…but not yet.

So this week I am answering nothing for you.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.  You are own your own to “explore and introduce yourself” to Bootstrap.  How will you do this?

  • Start by going to the Bootstrap and reading the documentation.  This is the real world.
  • Go to Youtube and type in “What is Bootstrap“.  This is the real world.
  • Work together to help each other out.  Do you want to pick a partner to work with?  Ok.  (So long as you are each working and have your own work product, I am happy.)

Inside of your Week 33 folder create a folder called “bootstrap”.  This is where I will go this week to see what you can do using Bootstrap.  You will all have different results.  

As a push in the right direction…

I watched a number of videos this weekend, trying to find the sweet spot between information vs. clarity.  As I was watching my wife (who is not a Web Dev, but an Engineer) said she liked this one the best, it made sense to her.

We are all going to start with a quick intro of “Bootstrap” from this video, but the rest of it is pretty darn good.  It introduces, but also pushes you to areas to continue to learn about on their site.

If I had trepidation about this independent learning, I would 100% make the Cheat Sheet using Bootstrap that he does – he goes right through it.  If you can get this done this week, you are in a good spot.

Then spend the rest of your time tinkering, breaking, trying, adjusting, etc.


How your grade is generated for this project:

  • How well you work in class, being on task, perceiving, using educational “grit”.
  • What you produce.  What shows up in the folder.
  • How you work with others (if you choose to).

What’s next?

Short term, next week we will do some client work in the afternoons where you use Bootstrap as a component to replace their current web design.

Longer term (long as in a couple weeks), you will have the option to use Bootstrap for your end of the year Portfolio if you would like to.  You may love it.  Many people do.

Get to it!

Get to it.  Dailies today at 2 will show off day 1’s progress!  Everyone have something.  

2:00 Dailies


2:05 Dismissal

Copyright © 2004 - 17 cawd by Steven Herr. All rights reserved.