Build a website for a hypothetical conference about technology, design, and society. Aim to create a site that would convince a potential audience member to attend. Consider navigation, user experience, typography, image choice, and the value of templates and shared stylesheets in web development. Think of this website as a single system, built from many smaller and reusable parts.
- Provide information that potential and registered participants would need, including material about the conference’s concept, each speaker, and the venue. Write real text.
- Publish a bio for each of your speakers, in your own words, of at least one paragraph.
- Create a schedule of events and talks, with at least a one-paragraph description for each event. Think about what your speakers might plausibily talk about.
- The site does not need to provide a live registration system. Text noting wheb registration opens will suffice.
- Where possible, use images that you create yourself, or that are freely licensed. If necessary, you may use images of speakers, speakers’ work, and venues to which you do not have rights.
- Cite sources for all images in a readme file.
- A site of 5–12 pages would be a good ballpark.
- The website must work well in desktop browsers, and must be usable in small-screen mobile browsers.
- Write semantically meaningful, correct HTML.
- Start your site using the basic site template (ZIP).
- Do not use a CSS framework for layout.
- This must be a multi-page site.
For due dates, see the course schedule. Sketches may be done on the computer, or may be carefully drawn by hand.
- Text (two paragraphs) describing the conference concept and its audience (PDF)
- A site map (PDF)
- Two style tiles for initial concepts (PDF)
- Rough sketches for the two initial concepts (PDF)
- Refined, detailed sketches for the final design (PDF)
- Sketches showing how a page breaks down into DIVs or sectioning elements (PDF)
- Working HTML/CSS
- A readme file noting the source of all images, text, code, and other materials used in the site (text/Markdown)
Bundle all of these files into a folder and submit via Dropbox.
Date, location, and audience
The conference should take place in about four months—your choice of dates—and should last for 1–1.5 days. Events take place in Washington, D.C. or elsewhere, at your choice of venue or venues. (Consider an educational institution or a major hotel.) You may choose audience and other details as you wish.
Choose one of these topics, combine topics, or propose a conference of your own.
- Technology and physical-world communities
- Usable design
- Privacy and surveillance
- The future of journalism
- Technology and democracy
- Community and online harassment
- Narrative and emotion in interaction design
- Regulation and the sharing economy
- Internet infrastructure
Your conference must include at least seven speakers from this list. You may also feature speakers who are not listed.
- Jason Santa Maria
- Ingrid Burrington
- Susan Kare
- Ethan Marcotte
- Ezra Klein
- Bruce Schneier
- Jill Abramson
- Laura Poitras
- Zoë Quinn
- Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger
- Andrew Blum
- Rebecca Solnit
- Tim Brown
- Janette Sadik-Khan
- Richard Florida
- Edward Snowden
- Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia
- Cindy Cohn
- Ethan Zuckerman
- Richard Saul Wurman
- Dan Tangherlini
- Jeffrey Goldberg
- Massimo Banzi
- Dana Chisnell and Whitney Quesenbery
- Tyler Radford
- Nadine Chahine
- Val Head
- Jeffrey Zeldman
- Trevor Paglen
- John Maeda
- Jen Simmons
- Chappell Ellison
- Kristy Tillman
- Tim Berners-Lee
- Sharon Mattern*
- Maciej Cegłowski*
- Manoush Zomorodi*
- Roman Mars*
- Zeynep Tufekci*
* New addition
- Open Book Workshop (this is close to the size of your site)
- AIGA Converge
- An Event Apart (multiple events)
- Van Alen (multiple events)
- Open House New York
- DC Design Week
- Creative Mornings (multiple events)
Notable for design
Consider typography, layout, image use, structure, and pacing.
- A List Apart
- Extra Virgin Suicide
- Liverpool Biennial
- Eephus League Magazine
- Edits Quarterly
- Jason Santa Maria candygram articles
- Lost Worlds Fairs
- The Pantry at Delancey
- Marie Lorenz (seeing places by artist-built boat)
- Los Angeles Urban Rangers (a kind of guerrilla interpretation project)
- Triple Canopy on the Meadowlands
- Jazz Age Lawn Party
- New York Times, “Snow Fall”
- Losing Ground by ProPublica
- The End of Brooklyn
- Edible Geography
- Fallen Fruit
- The New English Landscape