Web Design DeCal
A 2-unit course for anyone who wants to create a beautiful website.
Week 1
Introduction to Web Design
HTML Basics
Week 2
Web Inspector and Emphasis
HTML Basics II
Week 3
CSS Box Model
Week 4
Typography and Images
Moar CSS
Week 5
CSS Positioning and Floats
Week 6
Week 7
Group Project Presentations
Group Project Presentations
Week 8
User Experience
Introduction to Javascript
Week 9
Introduction to JQuery
Week 10
Responsive Design
Moar JQuery
Week 11
Deploying Websites & Frameworks
Week 12
Final Project Presentation
Final Project Presentation
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are top 10 questions we have gotten over the last three semesters
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Are you still accepting applications?
The Fall 2017 application can be found here!
How is this class graded?
Here's our grading breakdown:
Group Project28%
Final Project32%
You will get a P if you have 70 or higher final grade.
How many absences do we get?
You’re allowed a total of 5 absences for the entire course. Every absence over the limit of 5 will result in a loss of 5 points, which is 5% of your course grade.
Is auditing allowed?
Yes, you are welcome to audit the class. Note that your seat is not guaranteed on any given day.
If I’m a graduate student, can I take this class?
Yes, of course!
When and where are classes?
Fall 2017 lectures will be every Tuesday, 4-5PM and Thursday, 5-6:30PM in 310 Jacobs.
Can I take this class for a letter grade?
Because this class is a DeCal, you can only take this class on a P/NP basis, where you will get a P if you get 70 or higher.
What's your application criteria?
We mainly decide based on your responses to the Short Answer questions of the application, but we do give slight preference for early applicants, previous applicants, and seniors.
Do I need previous programming experience?
No! We teach you all the basics of everything you will need in this class. In fact, some of the best projects have come from non computer-science majors.
Build a website from the ground up.

The demand for learning web programming is at an all-time high, yet for most it’s a question of “where do I start?” The answer is here. As great as online courses are, nothing beats an in-person class with passionate instructors and compelling assignments. No matter what your major is, by the end of the semester, you will have built a website using HTML 5, CSS 3, and Javascript. Along the way, you’ll pick up web design philosophies and be able to recreate modern design trends like responsive design, flat UI, and skeumorphism.

Note that this course covers web design only — we will not cover server-side programming like Django and PHP. That said, we consider this far more than a DeCal. Every detail from assignments to each word spoken in lecture is carefully chosen to provide the best possible learning experience. We can’t wait to see you in the classroom this Fall.

2 Units
2.5 hrs

Each lecture is split into two sections. Design section encourages you to challenge every design decision you’ve ever seen on webpages. We also love to discuss what makes well-designed sites on Siteinspire (www.siteinspire.com) so fascinating to interact with.

About half of design section is devoted to learning the topic of the day. You'll be amazed how positioning, spacing, and a pinch of Javascript magic can make a plain page gorgeous. Our brilliant Teaching Assistants finish each section by guiding the class through an awesome hands-on activity.


Programming section is all about rolling up your sleeves and diving into the source code. Get ready to have your mind blown as you finally learn how those crazy 3D transforms happen, or how to make those fullscreen slideshow backgrounds. You’ll also fall in love with Google Chrome’s Web Inspector, the greatest development tool in history, ever.

Our beloved Teaching Assistants do a more code-based hands-on activity to finish off programming section. It’s typically awesome, because our Teaching Assistants are likewise awesome.

Ellen Hong
Hi! I’m Ellen, a third-year computer science major hailing proudly from the Bay Area. I have a soft spot for all things food - I LOVE to eat, and I also cook and bake a lot for fun. In my free time, I binge too many Netflix shows and practice amateur photography. I can’t wait to teach you all about the beauty of creating webpages, since it’s one of my favorite things to do. Excited for a great semester!
Heyo! I’m Mahira and I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. I’m a sophomore studying Architecture and I’m really looking forward to showing you all that you don’t need to be a computer science whiz to code something beautiful! I love traveling and exploring new cities around the world, taking aesthetic photos, and going on long road trips. I’m so excited to be teaching this semester and I can’t wait to meet you!
Mahira Ahmed
Pamela Hu
Hi, my name's Pamela. I'm a third year studying Cognitive Science because I hope to learn more about the people I'm designing for. I enjoy conveying narratives through photography and slowly lessening my impact on this planet by pursuing a zero waste lifestyle. I think creativity (and consequently design) is one of the most liberating and humane capacities we have. Lets make the most out of it (!!!)
Teaching Assistants
This class would not be possible without our fantastic TAs!
Steph Tang
Bradley Chee
Emily Zhong
Hershal Bhatia
Zachary Kirby
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Group Project Presentation
Final Project Presentation
This class seeks to empower you with:
the confidence to code
the confidence to design
and altogether - the confidence to create.
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