"Tried and Tested Web Design Insights! There's a lot of articles surfacing on the web concerning this subject, but they often focus on fads and not fundamentals. This course provides insights into the fundamentals and essentials of proper web design. It's a brief, yet impactful look at some timeless do's and don'ts that can help anyone who is just starting out in the web design world or who needs a refresher. Enjoyed it along with the quizzes!" -C. Eliot.
Would you like to be able to improve your existing website, either one you made yourself or one someone made for you, but you don't know where to start? This quick and dirty (and fun) course will teach you through case studies what to look for in a successful website and how you can begin to design the best possible user experience for your audience all in just a little over 30 minutes.
Grab your lunch and in no time you'll be able to recognize what's working and what might not be working in your website so you'll know what can be done to make it better.
This course designed for complete beginners comes from the very first lecture I give my University Web Design students on Day One, right before we begin building websites from scratch using HTML code. The goal of this lecture and this online course is to help build confidence in first time web designers and to teach how to look at websites with a critical eye.
This course also is the very first section of my full web foundations course, Web Snax: Super Simple Recipes for Easy Website Design that teaches beginners, novices, and beyond how to create and manage beautiful websites from scratch in the most simple and intuitive way possible.
I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at the brand new American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
I have run my own charitable website, Aura's House that has raised over $125K for needy children in developing countries around the world. I also manage my own online portfolio, and have personally worked on the official website for multi-platinum, award-winning rock band, The B-52's and designed and/or contributed to websites for clients and non-profit organizations.
Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.
Please note that students enrolled in ANY of my courses periodically receive freebies and discounts to my other current and upcoming courses as well.
Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner of this page to enroll now. I look forward to working together with you so you can empower yourself to achieve your web design goals.
This brief introduction will let you know what's in the course and who it's best suited for.
Welcome to the course. Here I'd like to give you a preview of some of the topics we'll cover.
This is some background information on the intention behind this course, who it's for, and what you can expect to get from it.
Learn what the most successful websites do and where they almost always put their most important information.
Navigation design should never be an afterthought. Here we'll talk about where to put your links, how to display them, and the do's and don'ts of organizing your site's information.
The best websites always look like they were made by the same person or team. Here we will talk about important design and content considerations.
Is your website giving off the vibe or impression that you intended? Here we'll discuss how color, font choices, imagery, even the way you write your sentences can affect the look and feel of your site, and ultimately how people perceive it.
Are you ready for some web design no-no's? Sometimes we learn better by seeing what NOT to do.
In this fun and playful lecture we'll visit a world where bad web design doesn't necessarily get in the way of finding true love.
Here is a new free tool you can use that will diagnose the performance, SEO, mobile, and security features of your site. It will help you see where there might be problems and give you tips on how to fix them.
This PDF is a true classic and a gem from Nathan Shedroff written in 1997. Sounds ancient right? Nope! It's every bit as valid today, with the only exception being that the websites he refers to by name have all changed since the article was first written.
This is a step-by-step diary of the process of completely redesigning my website recently. Use it to help jump-start YOUR process and see what you need to think about before, during, and after giving your website a makeover.
If you are thinking of using the Elegant Theme Divi or any Elegant Theme in Wordpress, it's also loaded with resources and links to tutorials, podcasts, articles and more that you will find helpful.
This is a sample resource from my in-depth web foundations course, Web Snax: Super Simple Recipes For Easy Website Design.
This is a case study of how I chose specific colors for my own personal website when I was redesigning it recently.
This is a sample lesson from my in-depth web foundations course, Web Snax: Super Simple Recipes For Easy Website Design.
Here is a simple, cheap, and easy way to make a slideshow for your website without needing to get into WordPress plugins or anything else. All you need are your images and Photoshop. (*Remember, you can always get 30 day free trial versions of Adobe software at adobe.com.)
Online Learning Podcast: Episode 121 With Kristen Palana
This interview with top Udemy instructor, John Colley is full of some of my very best secret color tricks for making an impact, getting your content noticed, and boosting engagement online.
The podcast is aimed at other Udemy instructors, but my color tips can be easily used by anyone with a website or someone who uses text and images online, in presentations at work, etc.
From the program notes, we discuss pretty much in this order:
This list will give you free resources for your creative projects.
Here are some free and current resources that will help you on your web designing journey including the textbook I use for my own university students
Thanks so much for visiting my online classroom. Please leave a review if you have a moment, start a discussion, or ask me a question. I'm always happy to help! Thanks and don't be a stranger. -Kristen
My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Since 2000 I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate university students and adult learners in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I currently live and work in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and am an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar.
I also lead dynamic workshops and master classes locally and internationally. Recent clients include The UN's World Food Programme (Myanmar), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Mango Group (Myanmar), and The American University of Rome (Italy).
I'm an American/Portuguese multimedia artist and educator and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media (2006-2016) at The American University of Rome where I also co-founded and directed its Film and Digital Media Program.
Besides teaching tens of thousands of students at Udemy and other online platforms since 2014, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.
My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
I love taking complex topics and making them simple.
What can I help you with today?