INSTRUCTOR: Kathy Thornley


Have you ever wondered why one website looks so good and another looks so awful? A few simple design principles can make such a difference to the look and function of a web site or digital design. During this online course we will explore design techniques that can be used to create effective and attractive designs for various types of screen. The weekly online presentations will cover a variety of topics including planning and preparation, principles of design, fine art techniques, typography, color theory and use, graphics and imagery, navigation and interface development. Students will evaluate and critique existing designs and then apply what they learn to their own assignments and projects.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how basic guidelines for typography, color imagery, layout and design can be applied to create attractive and functional web designs.
  2. Determine the best solutions for planning, designing, and building responsive web layouts.
  3. Create effective user-centered designs that demonstrate an understanding of interface development and accessibility needs.

About the Instructor

My name is Kathy Thornley and I've been teaching at SRJC in the Graphic Design Department since 1988. I have taught a variety of graphic design, software and research courses including Screen Design, Multimedia/Animation Design, Page Layout using InDesign and Typography. To me, this course is the perfect match for my skills since it combines my experience in graphic design with my knowledge of the online world. Should you have questions about this class, send me an e-mail and I’ll get right back to you!

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