Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

GDS 271 Interactive Design
Blogging Assignment

Instructor: Paul Young


To be inspired by award-winning web design. To become familiar with design firms and ad agencies that design websites. To survey current trends in photography, illustration, advertising and design. To use blogs as a reflection tool.


Parkland's library has enormous resources for graphic design and interactive design students (see detailed list). Find award-winning websites by consulting Parkland's print sources as a starting point. Collect screenshots and links to post to your blog. Links without a citation to a print source will not be accepted for credit.

Extra credit: If you stumble upon excellent websites while browsing, feel free to include these as extra credit. However if you only use Internet resources for your research, you may receive a zero for this assignment.

  1. Visit Parkland Library's reserve section, periodicals and/or stacks every week. Find the names of award-winning designers, photographers, illustrators, design firms or ad agencies who might have a portfolio website.
  2. Browse their website on the Internet and look for links to websites they have designed or a link to the design firm who designed their site. Make screenshots of key pages to post on your blog.
  3. In your blog entry, write a brief review of the website and provide a web link. Feel free to comment on design, content, navigation, innovation, creativity (tip: consider using the same criteria from the Analyzing Websites lecture). You must also cite the print source where you found the initial link.
  4. Present your blog for team critique and feedback every week by posting your blog's web address as part of each week's Cobra Learning homework assignment (starting with Homework #2). Revise your blog as needed for grading at midterm and at the end of the semester.
  5. Read the post(s) of the team members in your assigned group. Post a comment on their blog and encourage each other to seek out high quality designs (blog comments are optional and are not graded).

Important: This is a graded assignment. Spelling, grammar, clarity of thought and adherence to assignment specifications will count towards your grade.


Your weekly blog posts are due every Tuesday at 11:30pm as part of your weekly Cobra discussion post. Your blog will be graded twice this semester: once at midterm and once at final review.

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