Production 8w2

The Shaplessness of Things to Come

If you are interested in Interaction Design or technology, you should watch this talk by Mark Rolston from Midwest UX 2014.

The state of the very world around us – objects, surfaces, even entire rooms – is about to become the interface. As designers, this means we are no longer confined to designing experiences around tiny boxes in our pockets and on our desks. Now, the world is our canvas. Computer interfaces are de-coupling from machines, and we must invent ways to project computing experiences into the world around us – onto ambient surfaces, and into our line of sight. Ever-smarter machines are evolving into components of diffuse ambient systems: a network of cloud services, sensors, social networks, cameras, and hundreds of other components coming together to replace the unitary machines we use today. We will be inside the computer. Mark investigates how this profound evolution in computing is affecting our relationship with the world, and uncovers emerging new design challenges and possibilities.

Resources for freelance web designers

Below, you can find several recommendations on resources, tools, or services you might need if you are going to do freelance web design work. 


Basic contract for Design and Development (Docracy)

Collective legal guid for designers - with contract samples (Smashing Magazine)

10 Free Contract Templates for Web Designers (Mashable)

Calculating your hourly rate

Consider forming a business


CMS Options

Wordpress (.org - not .com)


UI Frameworks




Semantic UI

Get a domain


Find a web host (server space)




"Starting your career as a Freelance Web Designer" (book)

Smashing Magazine

Roll in money


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HER-V 691 / Thesis Studio I

Download this software

Please download and install the following software. You will need it to complete the assignments 


An HTML Editor. You have many options. I recommend the following. Use dreamweaver as a last resort. You only need one of these.

Adobe Creative Suite Design and Web (you'll need Photoshop and possibly Dreamweaver)